Member Newsletter with Karen Emilson
Congratuations to the winners!
First Place - She Was Waterton by Corina Liepert
Second Place - The Race by Adriano Magnifico
Third Place - Fireside Ramblings by Alex Kapkey
SENIOR STUDENT WINNERS
First Place - Christmas by Peter Heinrichs
Second Place - Montague Boy by Yeseul Kim
Third Place - Let the Rain Fall by Taylor Stoesz
Hon. Mention - The Killer Inside Me by Katelyn Cabral
JUNIOR STUDENT WINNERS
First Place - The Battle in the Sky by Derek Fisk
Second Place - Learning to Overcome by Bryanne Dewitt
Third Place - Jenny’s Story by Kirsten Fleury
Hon. Mention - Glass Boxes by Jorja Ferguson
WRITERS’ COLLECTIVE MARIE BARTON POSTCARD FICTION
First Place - New York Room by Debbie Strange
Second Place - How’s Uncle Arthur? by Ada Letinsky
Third Place - The Prince and the Patsy by Patricia Winton
Special thanks to judges
Bronwyn Jerrett-Enns and Kyla Neufeld
David Jón Fuller and David Robertson
Kate Vermette and Lindsey Childs.
Everyone is invited to attend the
Carol Shields Auditorium
Winnipeg Millennium Library
Come out and hear the winning entries, meet the judges and enjoy the refreshments. It promises to be an fun evening for all who are interested in celebrating new writing.
For more information or to RSVP, please email: or call
Following that, the Writers’ Collective will partner with Turnstone Press in hosting a Lecture / Workshop led by David, who is a professor of Literature and Film at the University of Manitoba.
A Fiction Workshop with David Annandale
Buchwald Room, Millennium Library
Contact or call 786-9468 to register.
David will discuss the importance of creating strong characters in this lecture / workshop and will expand upon his earlier talk. Feel free to bring along a sample of your work, but it is not a requirement. Please pre-register so that we know how many participants to expect.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Aqua Books
Keith Cadieux is a local author who used to have a really hard time coming up with things to put in his author bio. Bios may seem small and not very complicated but most artists struggle with the few words they are allowed in these promotional bits. Come find out what info should be included and what makes for a memorable and engaging bio. Open to writers, musicians, artists and all others interested.
Keith Cadieux lives and writes in Winnipeg, where he grew up. His first published work was the novella Gaze which was released by Quattro Books in 2010. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Manitoba where he also received the Robert Kroetsch Creative MA Thesis Prize. Keith teaches English at the University of Winnipeg and will be working on a new collection of short stories while serving as Aqua Books’ Writer in Residence from May to August, 2011.
Join the participants of the 2011 Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program in a final wrap-up reading. Mentor and apprentice pairs have been working together on apprentices’ projects since January. Come celebrate their successes in this annual culminating event of the Program, which will feature readings by apprentices introduced by their mentors.
This year’s program pairings are: Jonathan Ball mentoring Debbie Calverley; Anita Daher mentoring Tara Lee Baxter; Sarah Klassen mentoring Annie Deeley; Chandra Mayor mentoring Jack Frey; Maurice Mierau mentoring John Herbert Cunningham; and Duncan Thornton mentoring Reshal Stein.
(Cards are now available at McNally Robinson Booksellers
and through the festival)
For more information go to THIN AIR or call 927-7232.
7:00 p.m. at Aqua Books
Waubgeshig Rice is a broadcast journalist and writer who lives in Ottawa. He grew up in Wasauksing, an Anishinaabe community on the shores of Georgian Bay. His articles, essays and columns have been published in national newspapers and magazines, and as a television journalist he has filed reports from across Canada. Midnight Sweatlodge is his first published work of fiction.
Rosanna Deerchild is Cree from South Indian Lake, Manitoba. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines including Prairie Fire and CV2. She is the co-founder and remains a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective, established in 1999. Rosanna currently works a broadcaster with the CBC. This is a small northern town, Deerchild’s long-awaited full-length collection of poems, won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.
Duncan Mercredi is a Cree/Metis writer/storyteller, originally from Misipawistik (Grand Rapids, MB). In addition to his four books of poetry, he has had his work featured in three anthologies of Native writings and in other periodicals such as Prairie Fire and CV2. He is a winner of the Ross Charles Award, and is a long-time member of Manitoba’s Aboriginal Writers Collective. He also hosts Friday Midnight Blues on NCI radio.
Author Robert Sweeney will give an artist’s talk, the book, Portraits of Winnipeg: The River City in Pen and Ink will be launched that evening and the gallery will show limited edition quality prints of Sweeney’s fine work. With the book’s images in full colour behind him, he will discuss the art behind the architecture, and what it is about the various corners of Winnipeg that attracted his artist’s eye.
Win the Geist Erasure Trophy
Write poetry with your eraser!
- Copy the passage from Susanna Moodie’s “Roughing It in the Bush,” into your word processor. This is your Erasure Text.
- Erase! The leftover words and letters will form your poem. (Do this any way you like.) TO GET THE TEXT, CLICK HERE
- The only rule is do not change the order of words or letters. You can combine left over words and letters how ever you see fit, just as long as they appear in the same order as in the original text.
- Shape the text however you like. Or, leave it as is. Add punctuation and capital ization if the spirit moves you.
- Print your entry and send it to us. There is no word limit.
and at geist.com.
Postmark Deadline: August 31
$25 entry fee must accompany the manuscript
50-75 page manuscript
(Note: previously published poems eligible)
Snake Nation Press, Attn: Poetry Contest
2920 North Oak Street, Valdosta, GA 31602.
Postmark Deadline: August 31
Fiction and nonfiction accepted. Any well-written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered.
An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission. Winner receives $1,000 award and publication.
LAKE’S Special Issue on Indigenous Peoples, Health, and Place
Deadline extended: June 15, 2011
The purpose of this issue is to explore, through creative expression, Indigenous peoples’ health as connected to place. Health in this context is understood in the broadest of ways ‐ a holistic, dynamic, and multi‐dimensional state of well‐being at both individual and community levels. Specifically, we are seeking expressions in various media by Indigenous artists and writers from across Canada who are concerned with health and well‐being through the generations, from birth to passing, as it is related to connection with place and the environment.
Selected work will appear either in the journal’s print or online format, or both, in Issue #7 in the fall of 2011. For more information check the WEBSITE
2011 Anderbo Creative Nonfiction Prize
Postmark Deadline: June 15, 2011
Limit one entry per writer. Writer must not have been previously published on anderbo.com. Reading fee is $10. For more info go to the WEBSITE
for students 17-25 yrs of age
Deadline: June 30, 2011
Enter the Historica-Dominion Institute’s GREAT QUESTIONS OF CANADA ESSAY COMPETITION! Participants must be a Canadian high school, college or undergraduate university student 17-25 years of age.
For more information go to: WEBSITE
Association of Italian Canadian Writers
2011 Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: September 30, 2011
Finding one’s bearings in a strange time, place or condition.
Maximum length: 500 words
Prizes: 1st prize – $500
2nd prize: $250
Prairie Fire Press &
McNally Robinson Booksellers
2011 Writing Contests
Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2011
Bliss Carman Poetry Award – Judge: Syliva Legris
Short Fiction – Judge: Marilyn Bowering
Creative Non-Fiction – Judge: Lawrence Scanlan
1st prize in each category $1,250
2nd prize $500
3rd prize $250
For full contest rules go to WEBSITE,
The Antigonish Review Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: June 30, 2011
Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible.
No electronic submissions, please. Poetry must be single-spaced.
Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries.
For more details, go to: WEBSITE
CALL FOR PAPERS
- Explorations of genre, period, gender, ethnicity, region, mode, style
- Histories of taste, inter-arts collaboration, non-English writing
- Investigations of memoirs, theatre, romances, letters, fiction, radio and television
- productions, journalism, poetry, science fiction, belles lettres, literary criticism
- Examinations of the role of teachers, readers, religious organizations, booksellers,
- librarians, writers’ organizations, digital technology and writing
- Analyses of constituencies, cultural centralization, national involvements, relationships with other literary groups and institutions
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries for its Creative Nonfiction Prize
One award of $1,000 CAD is given.
Deadline: August 1, 2011
- The entry must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Please indicate word count on the first page. Please double space your work.
- No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. For example, the entry may be personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, or literary journalism.
- Entry fee required:
- $35 CAD for Canadian entries
- Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.
- Entries previously published, accepted, or submitted for publication elsewhere are not eligible.
- Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission, but along with the title on an enclosed separate page.
- No submissions will be accepted by email.
- The winner and finalists will be notified via email.
- Entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.
- The winner and finalists will be announced on The Malahat web site and facebook page, with the publication of the winning entry in The Malahat Review’s Winter 2011 issue.
- The winner will be interviewed. The interview will appear on our website and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s monthly e-newsletter, in December 2011.
- No entries will be returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.
Send entries and enquiries to: The Malahat Review
University of Victoria P.O. Box 1700
Stn CSC Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2
phati’tude Literary Magazine’s
SUMMER 1960s SPECIAL ISSUE
Deadline: June 27, 2011
We want writers to share their stories from the 1960s or how they equate to contemporary experiences. We seek essays that explore connections between then and now, such as pop culture, literature, politics and social justice. We’re also interested in dynamic poetry that reflects those values as well as position papers and book reviews.
For more information, check out our Submission Guidelines at:WEBSITE and submit to
Slash Books / Queer Magic anthology
Deadline: June 25, 2011
Be creative! Sword and Sorcery. Supernatural creatures. Magic. Sexy and sensuous, the characters in “Queer Magic” live in worlds where the supernatural is sometimes hidden, sometimes well known, but always real. Each story in this anthology includes aspects of magic or the supernatural, from time travel to exotic realms.
More details are available at: WEBSITE
Deadline: June 30, 2011
The anthology will comprise poems by Canadian poets for (about, or inspired by) other poets (not necessarily Canadian), accompanied by short prose pieces that tell the back story behind the poems. We’re looking for poems of any genre of up to 60 lines, together with back stories of up to 250 words.
Send 1 to 3 poems, each with an accompanying back story, either as a Word Doc email attachment to with “Poet to Poet Anthology” typed in the subject line, or by post to:
489 Strathmore Blvd., Toronto, ON M4C 1N8.
Please write “Poet to Poet Anthology” on the envelope.
Email submissions are preferred.
Details can be found at: WEBSITE
Winnipeg Public Library
Application deadline: June 15, 2011
From an office at Winnipeg’s Millennium Library, the Writer-in-Residence will work with emerging Manitoba writers by email and phone as well as through individual consultations, group workshops and programs within Winnipeg.
The residency will begin October 1, 2011 and run for seven months, subject to funding. The Writer-in-Residence will spend a minimum of 40% of the time (14.5 hours per week) on public consultation work and 60% (20.5 hours per week) on his/her own writing. Some travel within the province may be required.
Criteria: The successful applicant must have had at least two books published professionally as well as previous experience in teaching, writing, mentoring or as a manuscript evaluator or editor.
Salary: $3,570.00 per month
Your letter of application must include the following:
• History of literary publications in poetry, drama, fiction or non-fiction
• Statement of personal mentoring philosophy
• Experience in conducting writing courses, workshops, editing, etc.
• Description of the personal writing project that would be worked on during the residency
c/o Readers Services
Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3P5.
Note: Previous applicants and former Writers-in-Residence may submit an application for consideration.
For more information on the Writer-in-Residence program, please call Danielle Pilon at 986-2802.
The Writer-in-Residence program is co-sponsored by the Winnipeg Public Library Board, the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library, the Manitoba Writers’ Guild, and the Manitoba Government.
Annual Catskills Writers Retreat
with Susie Moloney and Vern Thiessen
Nestled in the Hudson valley, eight writers have the opportunity to Rest. Write. Reconnect. With nature, each other and of course, the work.
“The internet connection is spotty, town is a good half hour walk away, cell service is unreliable, so the retreat is the perfect place to really focus on your work.. There’s not much to distract you in the Catskills. Except the Catskills.”
Run by novelist Susie Moloney and playwright Vern Thiessen, the retreat allows writers to work with in tandem with mentors, or on their own for the duration, with the bonus of having peers to read and discuss their projects. “I’m a city guy, but sometimes withdrawing from the overly-connected world we live in, is just what you need. You do some of your best work when your options for distraction are limited,” says Thiessen.
It’s not all work. Participants can go on a tour of the Zane Grey Museum, a hike along the Delaware River, campfires and a trip to the town of Bethel Woods, host to Woodstock, the world’s most famous music festival and museum. And of course, while in Rome: a must-see movie night featuring Dirty Dancing, when nobody puts Baby in the corner.
Moloney and Thiessen, both from Manitoba, are well-suited to host the week, being old hands at the retreat experience. Moloney, a best selling novelist whose books have been published all over the world, was a writer-in-residence for the Red River College Gemini Retreat for three years, and Thiessen ran an annual playwrights retreat in Italy for three summers.
The week-long retreat is limited to eight participants for maximum face time, and also because of space: it’s in the NACL Theatre Retreat Centre in Highland Lake, which is run by Tannis Kowalchuk, also formerly of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The retreat is held August 28-September 5. Deadline for applications is June 15, 2011. Go to their WEBSITE Or for more information.
Online Writing Courses
Thanks to the flexibility of the online format, these courses are designed to fit into your schedule. You can log into our classes from any computer with Internet access, anywhere and at any time.
Courses are open to all adults, and we encourage all levels of writers to enroll. Whether you are just starting out, or finishing up your novel, you will find a course suited to your level of experience. Students will benefit from sharing their work with an eclectic community of writers-from many locations, with diverse backgrounds and writing styles.
SUMMER online courses include:
- Short Story Writing
- Creative Nonfiction: Writing the World
- Short Stories from Life
- Novel Writing Series: How to Seduce a Reader
- Your American Life: The Audio Essay
- Ten Weeks, Ten Stories
- Writing 2.0: Blogs, Zines, and E-Poetry
- Revision Demystified
- Just Like a Movie: What Novelists Can Learn from the Silver Screen
- Poetry: Image by Image, Line by Line
- The Creative Nonfiction Book: The Bigger Picture
- Magazine Writing
Visit WEBSITE for full listing of our Summer writing courses.
Most classes begin the week of June 20.
And that’s it for now! Next newsletter will be out in two weeks.
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