Posts tagged fiction

Call for Submissions

(Reposted from the Winnipeg Arts E-Billboard)


Mennonite Literary Society: Call to Writers, Deadline September 3


The Mennonite Literary Society seeks poetry, art, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays and reviews for the December 2011 issue of Rhubarb. We are specifically seeking art and writing reflecting the traditional and non-traditional music in Mennonite culture, but will accept and include art and writing unrelated to the theme.  Work will be accepted until the end of September, but we would prefer to receive it …

What’s in a name?

And now, a dramatic (and only partially fictitious) reenactment:


Random Stranger: Congratulations! When is the baby due?

Me: I’m not pregnant.

Random Stranger: But…you’re reading through a book of baby names…

Me: Yes. I’m a writer. Writers use baby names books to help us name characters.

Random Stranger: Oooh… writers actually do that? Seriously?

Me: Seriously.




We’ve all been there. Well, ok, gents, my guess is you haven’t been asked how far along you are as you flip through a book …

Aesthetica’s Creative Works Competition

Looking for a contest to enter?

Aesthetica’s Creative Works Competition.…

The Malahat Review’s Oodles of Contests!

Have you been over to the Malahat Review’s website lately?

I was going to do a post about their Non-Fiction prize, but they have 4 contests going on right now!

Here’s the skinny:


Open Season Awards

Prize money: $3000
Entries due every November 1 (postmarked)

Writers are encouraged to enter The Malahat Review’s newest contest in three categories: poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction. Winners are published in the Spring issue and split the prize money three ways.

Novella Prize / Long Poem Prize

Manitoba Reads

Good news! The long list of books is up for the brand spankin’ new Manitoba Reads (good one, CBC!). The bad news? They’re all really good books. How are we to choose?

I vote one of those giant spin wheels like they have on Wheel of Fortune.  Or you could read them all and choose a favorite. The choice is yours!

Check it out! Manitoba Reads…

Kootenay Lake Summer Writing Retreat!

It’s hot outside. Really, really, really hot.

Do you know what that means?

Time for a summer writing retreat!

So grab your pen and paper, plus your camping gear and pre-packed kit of supplies for S’mores and Banana Boats (don’t have one? You should get on that. Survival equipment is important!).


Writing Home: Kootenay Lake Summer Writing Retreat

August 21-August 25, 2011.


The Kootenay Lake Writing retreat is designed to nourish you — body mind and soul — and to take your

The Makings of an Action Hero with David Annandale

The Makings of an Action Hero

Thursday, June 23 – Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Please join David Annandale for a noon-hour talk, “The Makings of An Action Hero” on Thursday, June 23 at the Millennium Library in the Carol Shields Auditorium. David will talk about what makes and drives an action hero. will discuss the different types of heroes (from black knight to boy scout), and techniques that keep a series like Superman and James Bond popular. Topics will include character and plot development, …

Creating Strong Characters: A Fiction Workshop with David Annandale

Creating Strong Characters

A Fiction Workshop with David Annandale

Thursday June 23, 2011

1:30 – 4:00 p.m

Buchwald Room, Millennium Library

Cost: $15 WC members, $30 non-members.

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



Get Your ‘Muse’ On!

Hey everyone!

Check out this great course being offered by fellow writer Catherine Hunter!


The University of Winnipeg

Department of English

ENGL-3102 (1) Creative Writing Field Research:

The Museum as Muse

4 Friday afternoons in June (June 3, 10, 17 & 24) 2:30 – 5:15 p.m.

This summer, Catherine Hunter will work with students on creative writing

projects inspired by local museum exhibits. We will explore together the public

and private memories curated and stored in our museums and the many ways

we can …

I Challenge You!

I, Lindsey of the Board of Directors/your friendly neighborhood website elf, challenge everyone to write a story or poem that uses this photo in some way. Be it for inspiration, setting, shoved in random dialog (“Hey Betty, where did you get that neato photo?” “Well Johnny, I found it taped to my fridge beside a business card for some guy calling himself the Goblin King. Go figure.”) or any other way you can think to incorporate it. You’re all creative, I know you can hack …