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WANL Weekly Sept 29, 2010
In This Issue:
NEW: Nino Ricci to Kickoff WANL's Inaugural Come From Away Reading Series This Sunday, October 3!
NEW: WANL 2010 AGM Info Update
UPDATE: Just Before Dinner Reading Series
NEW: Alissa York reading in St. John's
NEW: Book Launch - Not a Word of a Lie, an original recitation by Dave Paddon
NEW: Public lecture on Canadian poet Richard Outram
Let St. John's City Council know that we need a bigger investment in arts and culture
A Dramatic Reading of Rig
Book Launch - Danny Williams: The War with Ottawa, by Bill Rowe
Reading featuring Jeff Bursey and Beth E. Janzen
NEW: Book Signings
Breakwater Books announces Irish Book Tour of Kate Evans
NEW: NL Public Libraries - Open House
75th Anniversary - NL Public Libraries
Wayzgoose - Calling All Printers and Book Artists
Newfoundland Writers and Friends Book Club
Writing Courses at the Division of Lifelong Learning, MUN
Creative Writing for Children, Division of Lifelong Learning, MUN
NEW: Upcoming HB Creativity Workshops
Culture as Business Workshop
Leighton Artists' Colony for Independent Residencies
Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) (Calgary, AB)
Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program
NEW: Literary Arts Fall Application Deadlines, Banff Centre for the Arts
NLAC Community Arts Program
NEW: Historic Joy Kogawa House Writer-in-Residence
Canada Council for the Arts Grants for Professional Writers
Berton House Writers' Retreat Now Accepting Applications
2011 National Artists Program
Saskatoon Public Library Writer in Residence
Top 100 Canadian Books
House for Rent (Tilting)
NEW: The Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers
NEW: Call for Submissions - Zen-inspired poetry, Matrix Magazine
The 34th Atlantic Writing Competition Now Open for Entries
Essay Competition for Newfoundland and Labrador Youth
NEW: 2010 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition
Sycamore Review Wabash Prize for Poetry
Opium Magazine Seven-Line Story Contest
2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards
Prairie Fire Press & McNally Robinson Booksellers 2010 Writing Contests
Prism International 2011 literary contests
She Said Yes! Mail-Order Dramaturgy Program
The CBC Literary Awards Online Workshops
A message from the desk of the CBC Literary Awards
The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards
The Fiddlehead's 20th Annual Contest in Short Fiction and Poetry
CV2's 35th Anniversary Poetry Contest
The 15th Annual Independent Publisher Awards
WANL News and Events
NEW: Nino Ricci to Kickoff WANL's Inaugural Come From Away Reading Series This Sunday, October 3!
Celebrated author Nino Ricci will read at The Ship Pub in St. John's on Sunday October 3, and at Jennifer's Bar Room in Corner Brook on Monday October 4, as part of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador's new Come From Away Reading Series. Both evenings get underway at 8:00 PM. Admission is free.
For the Come From Away Reading Series, WANL asked three Newfoundland writers the following question: "If you were to invite a writer from another province to come read on the Rock, who would it be?" They told us who they wanted, we invited them, and our first celebrated CFA is on his way! Poet Randall Maggs invited award-winning novelist Nino Ricci and will be introducing the author in both St. John's and Corner Brook.

Randall Maggs is the award-winning author of Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, winner of the 2008 Winterset Award, the 2009 E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize and the Kobzar Literary Award 2010. Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems follows the tragic trajectory of the life and work of hockey legend Terry Sawchuk, a dark driven genius of a goalie who survived twenty tough seasons in an era of scant upper-body equipment and no player representation. The collection is illustrated with photographs depicting key moments in the career of Terry Sawchuk, his exploits and his agony. Published by Brick Books in 2008, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems is now in its second printing.Randall Maggsis also artistic director of the March Hare festival of music and literature and he teaches literature at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University, Corner Brook. He will be at The Ship Pub in St. John's on October 3 and at Jennifer's Bar Room in Corner Brook on October 4 to introduce Nino Ricci.

Nino Ricci's first novel was the internationally acclaimed Lives of the Saints. It spent 75 weeks on the Globe and Mail's bestseller list and was the winner of the F.G. Bressani Prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Published in seventeen countries, Lives of the Saints was the first volume of a trilogy that continued with In a Glass House, hailed as a "genuine achievement" by The New York Times, and Where She Has Gone, nominated for the Giller Prize. The Lives of the Saints trilogy was adapted for a television miniseries starring Sophia Loren and Kris Kristofferson.

Ricci's most recent novel is the national bestseller The Origin of Species, which earned him the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award as well as his second Governor General's Award for Fiction. Set in Montreal in 1980s, the novel casts a Darwinian eye on the life of Alex Fratarcangeli, who is torn between his baser impulses and his pursuit of the Good.

Nino Ricci was born in Leamington, Ontario, to parents from the Molise region of Italy, and completed university studies in Toronto, Montreal, and Florence, Italy. He is a past president of the Canadian Centre of International PEN, a writers' human rights organization that works for freedom of expression. He lives in Toronto with his wife, writer Erika de Vasconcelos, and their children. WANL is delighted to welcome Nino Ricci to the Rock.

The Come From Away Reading Series gives the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador the opportunity to ask writers from here to let us know about writers they admire from elsewhere. WANL is pleased to bring Randall Maggs and Nino Ricci together for this exciting event.
For further informaiton please contact:
Th�a Morash, Executive Director
Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador
Haymarket Square, 202-223 Duckworth Street
St. John's, NL, A1C 6N1
Tel: 709-739-5215
E-mail: wanl@nf.aibn.com
NEW: WANL 2010 AGM Info Update
The 2010 WANL Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Weekend will be held November 6-7 in Grand Falls-Windsor at the Mount Peyton Hotel.
Please visit our Registration Page online for further details.
Have you considered becoming a WANL Board Member? If you'd like to serve on WANL's Volunteer Board of Directors, please let us know. Inquiries may be sent to Th�a at wanl@nf.aibn.com.
UPDATE: Just Before Dinner Reading Series
Port Rexton is accessible and the reading scheduled for October 2, featuring Jessica Grant, is a go!
Fishers' Loft Inn, Port Rexton, presents Just Before Dinner, a reading series now in its sixth season, featuring:
Michael Crummey, September 11th
Greg Malone, September 18th
Leslie Vryenhoek, September 25th
Jessica Grant, October 2nd
Admission is free. Time: 6-7 pm.
Please call for dinner reservations.
For more information contact:
Fishers' Loft Inn
Port Rexton
Presented in association with the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.
News and Events
NEW: Award-winning fiction writer Alissa York reading in St. John's, Tuesday October 5th

Award winning fiction writer Alissa York will read from her remarkable new novel FAUNA, on Tuesday October 5th, 8:00 pm in the Junior Common Room, Gushue Hall, Memorial University. The Reading is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the MUN Faculty of Arts, and is free. All are welcome. Free parking in front of Gushue Hall (Dining Room side only). For information please contact Robert Finley at 737-8052.
NEW Book Launch: Not a Word of a Lie - an original recitation by Dave Paddon
Not a Word of a Lie
an original recitation by Dave Paddon (author of The Christmas Turr) with linocut illustrations by Duncan Major

Please join us
Friday, October 8th: 5 pm - 7 pm
The Crow's Nest Officers' Club
(by the War Memorial on Duckworth Street)

Books will be available for purchase; cash or cheque preferred. For more information about Not a Word of a Lie, please visit www.runningthegoat.com/inprint.html
NEW: Public lecture on Canadian poet Richard Outram, St. John's, Wednesday October 20
On Wednesday October 20th, Peter Sanger will be delivering a public lecture to launch his most recent book, THROUGH DARKLING AIR, a comprehensive literary biography of the important Canadian poet Richard Outram. The talk will take place in the Map Room of the QE2 Library at Memorial University at 7:30 p.m. Examples of Outram's collaborations with artist Barbara Howard will be on display from the Library's Gauntlet Press Collection. The lecture is funded by Gaspereau Press and the Faculty of Arts, and is free. All are welcome. Free Parking in MUN Lots 18 and 16A. For information please contact Robert Finley at 737-8052.
Let St. John's City Council know that we need a bigger investment in arts and culture!
Last year, the St. John's Arts Advisory Committee recommended that Council double the 2010 budget for arts grants from $1.00 per capita to $2.00 per capita. Council deferred the recommendation to the following year, and now as discussion begins about the City's 2011 budget, it's time to let Council know that a greater investment in the arts is important and necessary.

On September 28, 2009, St. John's City Council endorsed a new document: Planning for a Creative Future: The City of St. John's Municipal Arts Plan. The first strategic direction in this important document - Financial Support of the Arts: Funding the Future - acknowledges that arts grants are "a real investment in the prosperity of the City as a whole" and prioritizes direct investment from the City through arts grants. This document is an important step toward greater involvement of the City in supporting and helping to develop the arts here, but we need action in order to make that vision a reality.

So get in touch with Council and let them know that doubling the 2011 budget for arts grants needs to be an active priority - not just in a policy document but in the budget!
You can find contact information for St. John's City Councillors here: http://www.stjohns.ca/cityhall/council.jsp

The St. John's Municipal Arts Plan is available as a pdf file here.
A Dramatic Reading of Rig
Rising Tide Theatre presents (a dramatic reading) of Rig
Written by: Mike Heffernan
Adapted by: Joan Sullivan
On the night of February 15th, 1982, the Ocean Ranger, the rig they said they could never sink, toppled into the sea, creating one of the worst tragedies in Newfoundland's history. There were no survivors. The whole province mourned. We were gripped in a sadness, an anger and a collective sense of pain. Mike Heffernan's relative was on the rig that night. His book simply and eloquently, in the words of those affected most, captures the many facets of that terrible night and its aftermath. Joan Sullivan has edited his book with sensitivity and an eye to juxtaposition.
Arts and Culture Centre, St. John's
Basement Theatre
Sunday, October 3 at 7:30PM
Tickets: $16.00
Box Office phone: 709 729-3900
Book Launch - Danny Williams: The War with Ottawa, by Bill Rowe
Danny Williams: The War With Ottawa by Bill Rowe will be launched on Thursday, September 30, at 7:00 pm at the Fluvarium, 5 Nagles Place. The book will be available for purchase. The author will be present to read and sign. There will be refreshments and a cash bar. Everyone welcome! For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709-739-4477 (toll-free at 1-866-739-4420).
Reading featuring Jeff Bursey and Beth E. Janzen
The Bookery is proud to present a reading featuring
Jeff Bursey and Beth E. Janzen
to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
At Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive
Free and open to the public
Jeff Bursey is the author of Verbatim: A Novel
Beth E. Janzen is the author of The Enchanted House
NEW Book Signings
Bill Rowe will be signing copies of Danny Williams: The War With Ottawa, on Saturday, October 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Costco, Stavanger Drive. For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 739-4477 (toll-free at 1-866-739-4420).
Local teacher, actor, and author, Aedon Young is having a book signing for her debut novella Mara Roams at Chapters on Kenmount Road in St. John's on October 2, 2010 from 2-4 pm. The book is a coming-of-age fantasy in
which a fourteen-year-old girl, who suffers from vertigo, has an accident riding her bicycle one day and finds herself in an alternate dimension. Mara Roams was originally published as an ebook in 2009 and was
released this year in hardcover. For more information visit Aedon's website: http://www.aedonyoung.com/
Breakwater Books announces Irish Book Tour of Kate Evans
From a press release dated Sept. 17, 2010:
Breakwater Books Ltd. today announced that it will be participating in a trade mission to Ireland on September 20th-24th in partnership with the provincial government's Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development and the Irish Business Partnerships. As part of the mission, Breakwater Books Ltd. author, Kate Evans, will be touring Ireland September 20th-October 3rd, promoting her debut novel, Where Old Ghosts Meet.

Breakwater Books Ltd. reported the St. John's launch of "Where Old Ghosts Meet" was an enormous success, far exceeding sales and crowd expectations. Author Kate Evans read to a full house and sold out twice over at the signing opportunity following the performance.

Newfoundland and Labrador's Partnership with the Republic of Ireland, The Ireland Business Partnerships (IBP) was established as a public/private partnership between the private sector and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1997. The IBP has a mandate to identify, foster and promote trade and partnership opportunities in business, education and culture between Newfoundland & Labrador and Ireland.
Ireland book tour performance dates for "Where Old Ghosts Meet" by Kate Evans are as follows:
Monday, Sept 20th -Ballymun Library, Ballymun Road, Dublin 11, 7 pm

Wednesday, Sept 22nd-Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Ave., Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, 8pm

Friday, Sept 24th-Culture Night Performance- Irish Writer's Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, 10pm

Wednesday, Sept 29th-Public Reading- International College for Personal and Professional Development, 3 Garden Vale, Athlone, 1pm

Thursday, Sept 30th-Public Reading- Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Cornstore Mall, Middle Street, Galway, TBA

For more information contact Breakwater Books at 709.722.6680 or www.breakwaterbooks.com
NEW: NL Public Libraries - Open House
The St. John's Public Libraries will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Public Libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador with an Open House on Friday, October 29th, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the A.C. Hunter Library, 2nd floor, Arts & Culture Centre, Allandale Road.

All are welcome to join us for music and snacks. There will be draws for prizes as well!
75th Anniversary - NL Public Libraries
To commemorate 75 years of public libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador, NL Public Libraries are collecting true stories about how libraries have positively impacted your life, those of your family or people you know. Stories can be short or long, but we'd love to hear from you! All stories contributed by name will be entered into a draw for a prize.
Please send your responses to:
email: rroberts@nlpl.ca
fax: 709-737-2660
or visist your local NL Public Library in person
For futher information call: 709-737-3950 or visit NL Public libraries online at http://www.nlpl.ca/.
Wayzgoose - Calling All Printers and Book Artists!
The Book Arts Association of Newfoundland and Labrador will be holding its third biennial wayzgoose the last week of October. This celebration of printing and book arts ends with a Printers' Fair at the Anna Templeton Centre on the afternoon of Saturday, October 30th. Printers or book artists interested in having a table at the fair can contact Marnie Parsons (marnie.parsons@mac.com) to learn more about the event. Tables should be reserved by the middle of October at the very latest.
For details about the Wayzgoose itself, please visit http://www.runningthegoat.com/wayz10.html
Conferences, Classes and Workshops
Newfoundland Writers and Friends Book Club
Division of Lifelong Learning, Memorial University of Newfoundland - Join us this fall as we discuss the work of three of this province's most distinguished authors. Then
hear what the authors themselves have to say. Chad Pelley, award-winning author of, Away From Everywhere, will guide group discussions, making this a fun and engaging opportunity for all book lovers!
$12 per session or $30 for all three!
Call (737-7979) or go online today!
For more information download the Writers and Friends Book Club description (pdf). Or visit the Division of Lifelong Learning online: http://www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning/about_us/
Writing Courses at the Division of Lifelong Learning, MUN, Fall 2010
Division of Lifelong Learning, Memorial University of Newfoundland is offereing a series of writing courses beginning in October, courses inclde:
  • Creative Writing, level 1
  • Creative Writing, Level 2
  • Writers' Club with Chad Pelley
  • The Art of Life - An adventure in self-expression and discovery through words and art
  • Resum� Writing
  • Basics of Editing
For information on costs, dates and how to register, visit the Division of Lifelong Learning online.
Creative Writing for Children, Division of Lifelong Learning, MUN, Fall 2010
Creative Writing For Children

Class Description
Geared for young writers, 11+, students will work to develop, nurture, and improve their writing craft in a fun and supportive group. Learn to express everyday thoughts and feelings using unique and interesting written words.

Saturday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm; 5 sessions starting October 16, 2010, ending November 13, 2010
Tuition: $59.00
Instructor: Jacquie Fleming

Location: Memorial University
Call 709-737-7979

NEW: Upcoming HB Creativity writing workshops (St. John's)

1. NEW Short Story Workshop (with Paul Butler), Saturday October 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm: This workshop requires participants to send (electronically) one short story (max word count: 4,500 words) seven days prior to the workshop date (i.e. 25th September). 1 place left!

2. Five-Week Novel-Writing Course: Tuesday evenings, October 12 - November 9. Get a serious start on the novel you've been planning for so long. This is an intensive five-week course which will help you create a synopsis, and identify key scenes drafts of which you will write during the length of the course. Each week you will receive detailed, constructive feedback and a writing challenge for the following week. You may have some of the novel written already, or you may wish to start from scratch with an idea. Our aim is that by the end of the five weeks you will be past the point of no return, too excited about your story to abandon it. In a relaxed atmosphere, you'll gain experience with:
  • methods for getting started
  • problem-solving
  • weaving an absorbing plot
  • giving characters a life of their own
  • clarifying themes
Participants will get a chance to discuss their ideas during the workshop. Professional writing experience is not required.

3. Level 2 Novel Writing Workshop, Saturday, 16 October, all day (maximum in workshop: 3). NOTE DATE CHANGE! This intensive small-group workshop requires the sharing of two chapters and a synopsis (up to 7,000 words) ten days before the workshop commences. The workshop focuses on structure, narrative drive, character, dialogue, theme and description.

4. NEW! Writing Stories for Children, Saturday, 20th November, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm with guest facilitator, acclaimed children's author, Susan Chalker Browne. Ever thought of writing a children's book but don't know where to start? Maybe you have an idea, but aren't sure it'll work. Join Susan Chalker Browne for writing tips, publishing advice, and energetic discussion. Bring your story ideas, your favourite pen, and be prepared to write!

Susan's bio: Susan Chalker Browne is an award-winning writer from St. John's. She has written nine books for children, including Freddy's Day at the Races, The Land of a Thousand Whales, and Goodness Gracious, Gulliver Mulligan. Her latest book, Freddy's Hockey Hero, has just been released.
5. NEW! Introduction to Journaling Workshop with Maura Hanrahan. Practiced by Virginia Woolf, Samuel Pepys, Anne Frank, and countless 'ordinary' people, journaling is an exciting and satisfying art form. In this relaxing workshop, award-winning Maura Hanrahan will lead you through a discussion of various aspects of journaling and will show you how to create a meaningful journal.

Saturday, Oct. 23, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, at HB Creativity, 223 Duckworth St., Haymarket Square, St. John's. Cost $49.00. No writing or journaling experience is necessary.

Note that tea, perked coffee and biscuits are provided at all half-day workshops. Fees for all our services, including workshops, are tax-deductible.
Our location SUITE 201, 223 DUCKWORTH STREET (HAYMARKET SQUARE), St. John's, A1C 1G8.
For More information contact:
(709) 753-7740, info@writingworkshops.ca or
Culture as Business Workshop
Culture Consult (http://cultureconsult.ca/) will be presenting a 2-day workshop, entitled "Culture as Business", in a dozen locations across Canada in 2010-2011, including St. John's on the weekend of October 16-17. The workshop is for artists, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, and anyone else looking to make a living in the cultural sector.

Items covered include:

- Career options & lifestyle implications
- The economics of culture
- Hard skills (Finance, Budgeting, Accounting, Taxes)
- Soft skills (Contracts, Copyright/IP, Negotiation, Marketing & Promotion, Professional Communication)
- Long-term planning (Statistical Resources, Market Research, Strategic Planning)

By the end of the weekend, participants will have the beginnings of a comprehensive business plan, something that they can literally take to the bank.

Registration is $250/person for two days, with a reduced price of $200/person for groups of 5 or more individuals. For further details, or to register online, please see http://cultureconsult.ca/
Leighton Artists' Colony for Independent Residencies (Banff, AB) Accepting Applications
Set amid the spectacular backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, The Banff Centre's nine Leighton Artists' Colony Studios offer professional artists an opportunity for concentrated work in an exceptional environment. The quiet and secluded wooded setting of the studios, thoughtfully designed interiors, and serene forest views create an ideal space for creativity and intense productivity.

These independent residencies offer artists the ability to delve into their work as a solitary retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger artistic community of The Banff Centre, which attracts over 4,000 international artists in a variety of disciplines and presents over 400 world-class performances and events each year. The Banff Centre is also accepting applications for residencies in the Painter House studio, an ideal work space for collaborative projects, while at the same time offering private working space suitable for individuals or break out groups.

The Leighton Studios are available year-round and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Residencies are available for fall 2010 and beyond.
Please enquire about possible dates.
For more Information please contact:
1-403-762-6180, arts_info@banffcentre.ca
Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) (Calgary, AB)
The Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) Conference: Early bird registration for the conference in October 2010 is now open! Please go to http://www.regonline.ca/CCWWP2010. You're encouraged to register as soon as possible, to take advantage of the early bird rate, and to assist the organizing committee in planning and budgeting.
Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program
The Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program in Creative Writing: Starting date: January 2011 (application deadline: October 8). For all the details and application information, please visit: www.creativeandperformingarts.humber.ca/content/writers
NEW: Literary Arts Fall Application Deadlines, Banff Centre for the Arts (AB)
Writing Studio
Program dates: April 25 - May 28, 2011
Application deadline: November 15, 2010
Program director: Greg Hollingshead
Fiction and other narrative prose faculty: Lynn Coady, Michael Crummey, Dick Hebdige, Daphne Marlatt, Padma Viswanathan
Poetry faculty: John Barton, Carolyn Forch�, Jan Zwicky
Designed for literary writers and poets at an early stage in their careers, the Writing Studio offers an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors, and an opportunity to engage with a community of working writers. Financial assistance is available.
In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge
Program dates: February 14-26, 2011
Application deadline: November 15, 2010
Faculty: Fred Wah - collaboration and hybridity,
J. R. Carpenter - digital literature, Lance Olsen - new narrative
A new, ground-breaking residency program specializing in new writing practices, including digital literature, collaboration, and new narrative. Participants will work with faculty experienced in these realms to develop new or current work. Financial assistance is available.

Spoken Word
Program dates: April 4-16, 2011
Application deadline: November 15, 2010
Director: Sheri-D Wilson
Faculty: Brian Brett, Regie Cabico, Anne Waldman
A unique milieu for the spoken word artist, the program offers space to write, one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers, daily classes, time to develop stronger performance dynamics, and the opportunity to engage in a vibrant network of spoken word artists. Financial assistance is available.

Self-directed Writing Residency (Winter)
Program dates: Minimum of three days between January 4 and March 31, 2011
Application deadline: November 26, 2010
These residencies offer the time, space, and facilities for creative thinking, editing, and manuscript development. Writers in all genres are invited to apply.
For information on these and other Literary Arts programs please contact:
1-403-762-6180 or 1-800-565-9989
Jobs, Funding, and Other Opportunities
NLAC Community Arts Program
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) is now accepting applications for its:

Community Arts Program to support projects by community based non-profit arts organizations and groups.

Application deadline: September 30, 2010
(Projects must start on/after December 1, 2010)

Contact the NLAC for an application form and details:
The Newman Building
1 Springdale Street
726-2212 or toll free 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
email: nlacmail@nfld.net
online at: www.nlac.nf.ca
NEW: Historic Joy Kogawa House Writer-in-Residence - Call for Expressions of Interest
Historic Joy Kogawa House will host a resident author between September 15, 2011, and March 15, 2012, as part of our annual writer-in-residence program.

Writers are encouraged to identify innovative ways their residency will foster greater appreciation for Canadian writing and involve communities not typically exposed to Canadian literature. Please email, fax, or mail applications by midnight on December 15, 2010, to:

Author Residency Selection Committee
Historic Joy Kogawa House
1450 West 64th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4
E-mail: kogawahouse@yahoo.ca
Fax: 604.263.6581

For application guidelines, visit www.kogawahouse.com.
Canada Council for the Arts Grants for Professional Writers: Creative Writing (English Language)
Deadline: October 1
The Grants for Professional Writers program covers subsistence, project and travel expenses. The Creative Writing Grants component gives Canadian authors (emerging, mid-career and established) time to write new literary works, including novels, short stories, poetry, children's literature, graphic novels and literary non-fiction. For more information on the grants, eligibility and how to apply, visit the Canada Council for the Arts online.
Deadline: October 1, 2010

The Writers' Trust of Canada is now accepting applications for the Berton House Writers' Retreat program.

An application form is available on their website. Four residency positions are available covering the period between July 2011 and June 2012. Each residency lasts three months. Writers-in-residence are housed in Pierre Berton's childhood home in Dawson City, Yukon. They receive a $6,000 honorarium and their housing and travel costs are covered. The residency provides a unique opportunity for writers to advance their writing careers.

Further information about Berton House and the program is available at http://www.bertonhouse.ca/.
Applications for 2011 National Artists Program Being Accepted
Application Deadline: September 30, 2010.
The Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is encouraging young artists to apply for the 2011 National Artists Program (NAP), a mentorship program for artists ages 16-22 offered in conjunction with the upcoming Canada Winter Games, taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 11-27, 2011.
For an application for NAP, along with detailed information about program objectives and eligibility requirements, please visit:
Saskatoon Public Library Writer in Residence
Applications are invited from creative writers for the term position of Saskatoon Public Library/Canada Council for the Arts Writer in Residence from September 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. Remuneration: up to $30,000 for a nine-month term. Criteria are based on Canada Council guidelines; position subject to Canada Council funding.
Applications, including reference letters, must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, November 1, 2010.
Submit your top-ten list of all-time favourite Canadian books
Last year, Stephen Patrick Clare and Trevor J. Adams published Atlantic Canada's 100 Greatest Books, the ultimate companion guide to the best in East Coast writing. The authors are now taking the conversation to the national level and are calling upon Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast to submit their top-ten list of all-time favourite Canadian books in an effort to survey the literary landscape and celebrate our great literary heritage. Send them your top-ten list of all-time favourite Canadian books-and enlist others to do the same. Replies can be sent via return email or through the website:
http://www.canadas100greatestbooks.com/. They are also on Facebook (Canadas 100 Greatest Books) and Twitter (@top100books).
House for rent makes ideal writer's retreat (Tilting)
Want to get away to a place back in time and work on your writing in peaceful surroundings? This could be the place for you. A four bedroom salt box house in excellent condition is available for rent in Tilting, Fogo Island. It can be rented for any length of time up until Christmas. If you are interested and want the details, call (709) 782-3173 or (709) 691-4594 and speak to Ann Galway.
Awards, Contests, and Calls for Submissions
NEW The Writers' Union of Canada Launches its 18th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers
The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to launch its 18th annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, which invites writers to submit a piece of fiction or nonfiction of up to 2,500 words in the English language that has not previously been published in any format. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to an unpublished Canadian writer, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration.
Writers Tarek Fatah, K.V. Johansen, and Sharon Pollock will serve as the jury.
Submission Guidelines: To be eligible, submissions must be written by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Any text, fiction or nonfiction, up to 2,500 words, in the English language, that is original and not previously published in any format, is eligible. A typed, double-spaced entry on white paper along with an entry fee of $25 (cheque or money order) per submission, should be sent to:
The Writers' Union of Canada
90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1P1
The deadline for submissions is November 10, 2010.
The winner will be announced in early February.
Electronic submissions will not be accepted.
For complete rules and regulations, please go to: www.writersunion.ca/cn_shortprose.asp.
The Writers' Union of Canada is the country's national organization representing professional authors of books. Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada, and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. For more information, please visit www.writersunion.ca
NEW Call for Submissions - Zen-inspired poetry
Matrix Magazine
Kado, or the way of poetry, is one of the ways to satori, or enlightenment. The observer steps away: the Zen poem celebrates "not the self or the seer, but the world seen" (Sam Hamill). Zen aesthetics value simplicity, naturalness, directness, and profundity. Attention to the moment is one of its hallmarks. No other Asian form has so intrigued and proliferated in the English-speaking world as the Japanese haiku. Send us your Zen-inspired poems in forms that are related or have been shaped by it such as haiku, tanka, haibun, and the collaborative renku.
Please submit your work by 31 Oct 2010, one poem per page except for haiku which may be 3 - 4 per page, to matrixzenpoetry@gmail.com, attention, the issue editors: Mary di Michele & Susan Gillis. Electronic submissions only, please!
The 34th Atlantic Writing Competition Now Open for Entries!
Entries must be received by December 3rd, 2010.
Entry forms: .doc or html.
Established in 1975 under the auspices of the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Authors' Association, the Atlantic Writing Competition has been sponsored by the Writers' Federation since 1976. We encourage writers in Atlantic Canada to explore and celebrate their talents by sending in their new, untried work. Beginning writers may try their hand in five categories: Novel, Juvenile/YA Novel, Short Story, Poetry, or Writing for Children. Established writers are also eligible but must work in an area that is new to them.

Anyone resident in the Atlantic Provinces since June 1st, 2008 is eligible to enter. Only one entry per category is allowed. Each entry requires its own entry form and registration fee.

Writers whose work has been professionally published in book form or frequently in periodical or media production may not enter in the genre in which they have been published or produced. Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the writer, and must not have been accepted for publication or submitted elsewhere.
Full competition guidelines online at: http://www.writers.ns.ca/awc.html
Essay Competition for Newfoundland and Labrador Youth
From a press release from For the Love of Learning

Newfoundland and Labrador high school students are offered the opportunity to receive hands-on experience and insight into a prospective career. For the Love of Learning's annual 'Future Looks Bright' essay contest offers selected youth first hand experience of a particular career and the academic path to it.

The non-profit is asking for essays from NL youth detailing why the author would benefit from this unique opportunity, their academic/career goals, and what obstacles (social, economic or otherwise) they must overcome in reaching those goals. For the Love of Learning's executive selects the winning essay.

The writer of the winning submission will be offered a week in St. John's to career and school shadow in their field of interest. The week will include sitting in on related post-secondary classes and career shadowing with a professional in their chosen field. Transportation and billeting will be provided by For the Love of Learning, Inc.

Last year's winner was Cole Walsh, a 15 year old high school student from Flower's Cove, NL who aspires to being a chemist. He spent his week sitting in on Memorial University lectures, participating in laboratory classes, assisting in a research laboratory and meeting with department heads. Cole's week was filled out with a tour of campus and a meeting with Academic Advising. "It was phenomenal!" he wrote. "It really gave me clarity in terms of what I want to do with my life and hopefully can do the same for other youth like me. It was a once in a lifetime chance."

Essays of 1000-1,500 words are requested and should be submitted to the above address by January 3, 2011. For further information, please see www.ftlol.org, or contact Peter Hynes at 722-8848 or peterhynes@fortheloveoflearning.org.
NEW: 2010 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story

Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the 2010 Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition. To be considered, a story must have two things. First, it must contain an element of the Fantastic; second, it must be identifiably Canadian. An element of the Fantastic is self-explanatory, but what is 'Identifiably Canadian'? If the story is written by a Canadian, or written about Canadians, or takes place in Canada, then it meets the 'Identifiably Canadian' condition.
The contest closes December 31st, 2010. The entry fee is $15 for one manuscript, $25 for two, or $30 for three.
First place pays $500. Second place pays $150 and the third pays $100. Ten Honourable mention prizes of
$25.00 will also be awarded. All winning entries will be published by Red Tuque Books in the upcoming anthology, 'Canadian Tales Of The Fantastic'. Winners will receive a complementary copy of the anthology in addition to the prize money. Winners will be contacted by February 28th, 2011. Results will posted on the Red Tuque Books website in March, 2011.
For submission guidelines and further details see: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca/
Sycamore Review Wabash Prize for Poetry
Sycamore Review Wabash Prize for Poetry
Prize: $1000 and publication in Sycamore Review.
Judged by Jane Hirshfield.
Deadline: Oct. 1.
Opium Magazine Seven-Line Story Contest
Opium Magazine Seven-Line Story Contest
Prize: $1000 and publication in Opium for the best seven line story or prose poem.
Deadline: Oct. 4.
2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
The Writers' Trust is now accepting submissions for the 2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.
A prize of $5,000 will be given for the best collection of poetry by a writer under the age of 35. Two honourable mentions will each receive $1,000 prizes.
To be eligible candidates must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, under the age of 35, unpublished in book form and without a book contract, but whose literary work has appeared in at least one independently edited magazine or anthology. Applicants should submit 5 - 10 pages of previously unpublished poetry. The candidate's name, address, email, telephone number, and details confirming their eligibility must appear only on the cover
sheet accompanying the manuscript. All pages must be unstapled and consecutively numbered. Entries will not be returned.


Submissions should be sent to:
RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
c/o The Writers' Trust of Canada
90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1P1

For further information visit www.writerstrust.com
or contact: Amanda Hopkins, Program Coordinator
416-504-8222 ext 242 or ahopkins@writerstrust.com
Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards
The League of Canadian Poets is now accepting submissions for its annual book awards for titles published in 2010!

The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975.

The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors' tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year.

Both awards carry a $1,000 prize, and are presented each year at the annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June, with the shortlist announced during National Poetry Month in April.

The deadline for submission to these awards is November 1st, 2010. For books that are published after this date, but still within the calendar year, please email readings@poets.ca by Nov 1st, 2010 to arrange to have the deadline extended (to Dec 15th at the latest). If you are a League member, please contact your publisher to see if your title has been submitted before sending it in yourself to avoid duplication.

For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please go to: http://www.poets.ca/linktext/awards.htm

For more information contact:
Ingel Madrus, Programs & Promotions Manager
The League of Canadian Poets
192 Spadina Ave., Suite 312
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2
Phone: 416-504-1657 / Fax: 416-504-0096
Prairie Fire Press & McNally Robinson Booksellers
2010 Writing Contests
3 contests, $6,000 in cash prizes!

The Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award
(1-3 poems per entry, maximum 150 lines per entry), Judge: Christian B�k

Short Fiction (one story per entry, maximum 10,000 words), Judge: Joan Thomas

Creative Non-Fiction (one article per entry, maximum 5,000 words), Judge: Hal Niedzviecki

1st prize $1,250, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250 in all categories
Deadline: Postmarked November 30, 2010.

Entry fee is $32 (per category). This entitles you or your designate to a one-year (4 issues) subscription to Prairie Fire. Make cheque or money order payable to Prairie Fire and enclose with your entry. You may also use all major credit cards.
For full contest rules check out www.prairiefire.ca, or contact: Prairie Fire Press, 423-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg Manitoba R3B 1H3. Phone (204) 943-9066,
E-mail: prfire@mts.net.
Winning pieces will be published in Prairie Fire magazine, with authors paid for publication.

Send entries to: Prairie Fire Press, 423-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3. For more information check out our website at www.prairiefire.ca, call (204) 943-9066, or e-mail us at prfire@mts.net.
Prism International 2011 literary contests!
Prism International is pleased to announce that we are ready to receive entries for our 2011 literary contests!
Entry fees for all contests are $28, and additional entries can be added for $7 each. Every participant receives a one-year subscription to Prism International.
The Non-Fiction Contest is first up, with a deadline of November 30th, 2010. The grand prize is $1500, and this contest is being judged by Brian Brett, a poet, novelist and non-fiction writer whose latest book, for Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, won the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2009.
The Short Fiction Contest has a deadline of January 29, 2011. The best, unpublished story will receive $2000, as well as publication payment for our fiction contest issue. Three runner-up prizes of $200 dollars are also conferred. Works of translation are eligible. This year's judge will be announced shortly. Hold on to your bifocals and lean on in.
The Poetry Contest also has a January 29, 2011 deadline. Each entry can be up to three poems. $1000 is awarded for the best original, unpublished poem and the winner receives publication and payment in our upcoming Poetry and Fiction Contests Issue. $300 and $200 are awarded to runners-up. Works of translation are eligible. This year's poetry judge is Vancouver poet laureate, Brad Cran. He is a contributing editor at Geist magazine, and you can read some of his work on their site.

Contest entries must be sent to Prism through snail mail, accompanied by an entry form and cheque or receipt of credit card payment. For entry forms and the option to pay fees by credit card, please visit Prism's contest page at http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/contests.php.

Entries can be sent to:
Prism International
Creative Writing Program
The University of British Columbia
BUCH E462-1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1
She Said Yes! Theatre Company presents the fourth annual MAIL-ORDER DRAMATURGY PROGRAM

It is a long-distance dramaturgy program for new plays in development. Works must be in the first draft stage or later. Each script will be paired with a professional dramaturge, who will work with the playwright via email through the completion of a further two drafts of their work.

Submission deadline is October 1st, 2010, at 5 pm. Submissions should be emailed or postmarked by this date.

For more information on She Said Yes! and its work, visit
www.shesaidyestheatre.ca, or contact Sara Tilley, Artistic Director of She Said Yes!, at sara@shesaidyestheatre.ca.
The CBC Literary Awards Online Workshops
The CBC Literary Awards has a great new opportunity for you writers out there!!

Does that second paragraph need a little work?

Before sending in your fiction submission to this year's CBC Literary Awards, you could have a chance to get some first-hand feedback online from one of Canada's most prominent writers!!

The CBC Literary Awards has partnered with The Malahat Review to offer five writers the chance to have award-winning writer Andr� Alexis offer expert writing advice on short excerpts of their work. That person could be you!

You must be willing to share the feedback you receive online with other visitors to the website, and also send us a second draft of that same piece! The writing excerpts will be anonymous, and therefore eligible to be entered into this year's CBC Literary Awards.

The experience will last two weeks online and offer other writers from across the country the chance to follow your creative process!

What to do

Send us a 250-word excerpt (no longer) from one of your unpublished short stories before September 20, 2010, along with the phone number where we can reach you during the day.

Literary_awards@cbc.ca (subject: Literary Awards Workshop)

There is no fee!

We will contact you by September 24 to let you know if you have been chosen.

Excerpts will be posted on our website after October 4 at

Good Luck!

For more information contact us at: literary_awards@cbc.ca
A message from the desk of the CBC Literary Awards
Less than 2 months left until the deadline for this year's competition!

Greetings writers!! It's that time of the year again. Time to compose or polish off those works destined for this year's CBC Literary Awards competition.The Awards Team is anxiously awaiting your original and unpublished works (short story, poetry, and creative non-fiction) by November 1, 2010.

Submit online!

Join us on Facebook!

The CBC Literary Awards are Canada's only literary competition celebrating original, unpublished works in both official languages. There is a first prize of $6,000 and a second prize of $4,000 in all 3 categories courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, the winning texts are published in Air Canada's enRoute magazine and on our website, and the authors and their winning entries will get exposure on the CBC.

Visit our new website (www.cbc.ca/literaryawards) and get inspired! There you find regularly updated writing tips from the pros, as well as interviews with former winners and jurors. You can also read last year's winning entries and find resources in your province that can help you with your writing. We hope to make our website a wonderful resource and place to connect with other participants. So be sure to bookmark the page and check back often!

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The Awards Team
The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards
Deadline: November 1, 2010
$1000 Prize in each of three categories
Submit work in any of our three marquee genres: poetry, short fiction, or creative non-fiction. Poetry: up to three poems per entry (max. 100 lines each); Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: one piece (max 2500 words)
Fees: $35 CAD for Canadians
$40 USD for US entries
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere
For more information:
Enquiries: malahat@uvic.ca
The Fiddlehead's 20th Annual Contest in Short Fiction and Poetry
Postmark deadline: 1 December 2010. Entry fee $30 in Canada; $36 (US) if living outside of Canada (fee includes one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead).
This year The Fiddlehead is 65 and our literary contest is 20 so we're commemorating 2010 in a big way! There are two contest categories, poetry and short fiction. In poetry the prizes are $2010 for the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem and $500 each for the 2 Honourable Mentions and in short fiction the prizes are $2010 for the Best Story and $500 each for the 2 Honourable Mentions. All six winning entries will be published in the Spring 2011 issue of The Fiddlehead (No. 247). The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes.
Full submission details at http://www.thefiddlehead.ca/FHcontest.html or email: fiddlehd@unb.ca.
CV2's 35th Anniversary Poetry Contest
CV2's 35th Anniversary Poetry Contest
deadline: Novemeber 1, 2010
accepting poetry; 1-4 poems/submission, entry fee: $24, includes a 1-yr subscription to CV2
prizes: $500/$300/$150/2 honourable mentions + paid publication for each winner
Details: Whether 35 lines, 35 stanzas or "35" written into the poem itself, each poem must incorporate "35" somehow in its language or form. No extra points for being tricky, but we are definitely open to innovation! Anyone can enter, though only original, unpublished poetry is accepted. No simultaneous submissions (more details online). Each poem may not exceed 100 lines. Manuscripts must be typed on 8.5x11 paper, title and page number on each page. Judging is blind, so include contact information on a separate sheet with a list of titles in your submission. Only paper submissions by post will be accepted. Send to: Contemporary Verse 2, 502-100 Arthur St, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1H3, CANADA (204)949-1365. Complete contest info online at: contemporaryverse2.ca.
The 15th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards Are Now Open
Announcing the 15th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, honoring the year's best independently published titles. Accepting entries until March 19th, 2011 for books with 2010 and 2011 copyrights or that are released in 2010 or early 2011.
The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) was founded in 1987 to contribute to a supportive environment for writing and to promote the rights and well being of this province's writers. It is a member-based organization, with Regular and Youth memberships open to any current or former residents of Newfoundland and Labrador with an interest in the writing/publishing industry. For more information, visit http://wanl.ca.
WANL Weekly is intended to provide timely updates about readings, workshops, funding opportunities, contests, and other announcements of interest to the provincial writing community. Have something to share? Send your information to wanlassist@nf.aibn.com or call (709) 739-5215 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday to be included in our Wednesday update. Please keep your notice to 100 words or less. These announcements have been compiled for the benefit of the WANL membership and are not necessarily endorsed by WANL's executive or staff.