Tuesday, January 17, 2017

writing opportunities Jan 17, 2017

The theme for this year’s Askew’s Foods Word on the Lake Writing contest is Canada. This contest, based in Salmon Arm, BC, will close at midnight on 1 March 2017.  For details: http://www.shuswapassociationofwriters.ca/word-on-the-lake-writing-contest-2017/ .


Polar Borealis Magazine, based in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, specializes in Canadian speculative writing. They’re open to poetry submissions: http://www.polarborealis.ca/  

400 and Falling Press accepts submissions from emerging writers: http://www.400andfallingpress.com/submissions/


Somewhat off-the-wall electronic journal DIAGRAM is open to submissions: http://thediagram.com/subs.html

Monday, January 16, 2017

poetry submissions invited

Ascent Aspirations of Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, invites poetry submissions. If you’re interested, you can e-mail your poem/s to ascentaspirations@shaw.ca along with a brief biography. No payment as far as I know. You can read some of their previously published poems at http://www.davidpfraser.ca/fridays-poems.html .


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Lloyd Jeck authored the book In the Shadow of the Peaks [fascinating story of his early life, mostly around McBride, British Columbia]. He also wrote British Columbia Trails Heading North [adventures in the history of the province]. He just shared this article with me. Thanks, Lloyd, and thanks for your kind review.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

YesterCanada on TV

Here I am with my book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure on CFJC TV in Kamloops, British Columbia. Susan Edgell interviewed me. Thanks, Susan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMZK686pMWo


Monday, January 9, 2017

feeling funny?

Are you feeling funny, amusing, witty, humorous? The UK-based Short Humour Site is open to submissions of 300 to 500 words. Here are their submissions guidelines: 



Saturday, January 7, 2017

"Write what you know." Good advice?

"Write what you know" is advice often given to writers. Novelist E.L. Doctorow didn't agree. He recommended the opposite in a conversation with George Plimpton that appeared in Paris Review: "We're supposed to be able to get into other skins. We're supposed to be able to render experiences not our own and warrant times and places we haven't seen. That's one justification for art, isn't it: to distribute the suffering?"


Photographer and writer Brock Perks comments on that: "All fiction depends upon conflict, but conflict without at least inferred suffering is just action. Perhaps this gets us close to what is meant when people favour literary over so-called non-literary fiction. Doctorow could be saying that he ensures his characters do suffer, or at least pass on to the reader signals of pathos, rather than simply fulfil the requirements of a plot like empty approximations of humanity."


That resonates with me, especially the words "empty approximations of humanity." I find it a constant challenge to make my characters more than "empty approximations of humanity."

Friday, January 6, 2017

YesterCanada, The Arts Connection, and Carolyn Arends

Here's Robert White of The Arts Connection interviewing me about my book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure. I love the song Father, Thy Will Be Done by Carolyn Arends. It's among several of hers played during the breaks. http://artsconnection.ca/content/arts-connection-monday-january-2-2017-elma-schemenauer-yestercanada-historical-tales-mystery