Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
SUMMER LITERARY SEMINAR UNIFIED LITERARY CONTEST: FICTION, POETRY,
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 6 MARCH 2012!
For Submission Guidelines and further info:
Mary Gaitskill (fiction), Tony Hoagland (poetry), and Ander Monson (non
Summer Literary Seminars is excited to announce that our annual unified
(Montreal, Lithuania and Kenya) literary contest has expanded! It will be
held again this year in affiliation with The Walrus and Black Warrior
Review. Joining us will be the dynamic online magazines Joyland, Branch, and
DIAGRAM; We are also thrilled to announce two exciting new prizes, sponsored
by the Center for Fiction and SLS creative partner Graywolf Press. Judging
the contest are award-winning writers Mary Gaitskill (fiction), Tony
Hoagland(poetry), and Ander Monson (non fiction). UPDATE: our new contest
partner, the St. Petersburg Review will be publishing a poetry and fiction
selection as part of the SLS-SPR Editor's Choice Award, as well as free
program tuition for those winners.
Friday, February 24, 2012
to the South Pacific, stories to inspire is FREE Fri. Feb. 24 to Sun. 26th
Thursday, February 23, 2012
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9208169.htm. The site itself is at
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Christian-friendly fiction on the Internet. It's for readers, obviously, and
also for writers. Writers aren't paid for submissions, but it could be a
good way for a writer to get his/her name out there. According to the
submission guidelines, you keep all rights to your work. Here's the link:
Canada's poetry magazine is looking for
a.. poems for kids & youth
b.. really good illustrations
c.. kids to review poems (lend us your kids!)
d.. your favourite poem as a kid
e.. your published book of kids' poems
f.. really good cookies
g.. articles & criticism on kids' poetry
Submit your work online; pitches and queries to email@example.com
(indicate children's poetry issue)
being accepted until April 24, 2012 for the 16th annual Writing for Children
Competition. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 1,500
words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an
$1,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists
will be submitted to three Canadian children's publishers.
Writers Don Calame, Hazel Hutchins, and Rene Schmidt will serve as the jury.
This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents
who have not been published in book format in any genre and who do not
currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished
(English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.
HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:
a.. · Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear
twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled. Do
not send entries that only have a few sentences per page.
b.. · Illustrations are not accepted.
c.. · Submissions will be accepted by hardcopy only.
d.. · Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full
name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages
e.. · Please type the name of the entrant and the title of the
entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
f.. · Make your cheque or money order payable to The Writers'
Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be
added and paid with one cheque or money order, $15 per submission.
g.. · Entries must be postmarked by April 24, 2012 to be eligible.
h.. · Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers' Union of
Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto,ON M5C 1P1.
Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in July 2012. Manuscripts will
not be returned
Friday, February 17, 2012
Ontario. I'm teaching a 6-hour class on writing non-fiction for children and
teens. Info on conference is at http://www.writecanada.org/ I recommend it
if you're looking for a writers conference.
Faculty members are at http://www.writecanada.org/who-is-coming/faculty/.
They're in alphabetical order so if you scroll down to S, you'll see my
smiling face :)
"Rights for Writers: Proposed Copyright Law Threatens Writers' Ability to
Earn a Fair Living in Canada"
I think this is an important cause, and I'd like to encourage you to add
your signature. It's free and takes just a few seconds. Thanks.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Save the Mothers is the global leader in reducing the numbers of
mothers dying in Childbirth. The program offers a Masters Level Public
Health degree in Maternal Health that is currently administered by Uganda
Christian University in Mukono, Uganda.
DESCRIPTION OF INTERN:
This person will have completed an undergraduate degree (specialty not
required) and have some experience in a work setting. They will be
people-oriented with a willingness to work and learn in a cross-cultural
environment. The appropriate person will have a strong
interest in health issues in the developing world (and preferably
maternal/child health). The successful candidate will respect the values
and beliefs held by both the Save the Mothers program and the Uganda
The STM intern will report directly to the STM executive director but will
work closely with the STM academic director and administrative
The appropriate candidate will have a strong mastery of Word, Excel,
Powerpoint and the use of email/internet searches. Other appropriate
computer programs would be helpful (eg SPSS or EPI info).
The intern will be on site in Uganda as of September 8, 2012 until May 15,
2013 (or later). Interns are free to return home during the month of
December if they wish (at their own cost).
They will be responsible for:
a) ensuring that all audiovisual and technical requirements for the STM
classes are in place at the beginning of each class.
b) They will attempt to record and edit lectures given during the
STM classes/modules (using supplied technology)
c) Will be a liaison for the STM students and assist with the
students' acquisition of teaching resources including class notes,
assistance with basic computer access/problems
d) The intern will organize class notes into permanent records for STM
e) Special research assignments may be given to the intern and they will
be expected to carry out internet searches to garner the
appropriate information/scientific papers.
f) Assist in any special activities that are held by the STM
program including outreaches to the community/church/hospitals
g) Any other appropriate tasks as deemed by the executive director
The STM intern will be free to join any STM teaching session or
activity that may benefit their personal knowledge or experience.
This includes field trips to the community for sensitization.
The STM intern will be housed for the majority of the year in the STM
dedicated building (called Mirembe). This facility includes private
rooms upstairs with an adjoining bathroom (which on occasions will be
shared). Mirembe building has a small kitchen with fridge and
microwave and a comfortable lounge with access to wireless internet, a TV
and DVD player. There is good security in the building. When the Ugandan
STM students are in session, it may be advisable for the STM intern to be
moved to another facility (this has been the practice in the past with good
success-in order to preserve the privacy of the intern as well as to enable
the students to maximize their opportunity to stay in the building.)
Save the Mothers international will support the intern with a $2000
stipend to be put towards their airfare or whatever is deemed
Estimated costs for the STM intern:
Accommodation-no charge while in Mirembe (alternate housing is about $100
per month-estimate 3 months of off-Mirembe housing therefore $300)
Food-depends on your tastes-can probably manage at $10/day
Other incidentals--$200 per month
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your CV and a short essay (500 words) stating why you
would like to become the Save the Mothers intern to Dr Jean
Chamberlain Froese firstname.lastname@example.org. In your CV include your
full name and contact information including email, snail mail,
telephone number and emergency contact information. You should
include 2 references (including their contacts and state your
relationship to them) with your CV. No other formal application is
Deadline for application is June 1, 2012. Interviews will be offered to
Please see www.savethemothers.org for more information about Save the
Here is what the STM interns have had this to say about their
experience in the STM program:
"This has been life-changing. I've gained invaluable experience about
maternal health, country development and Ugandan culture. I couldn't
imagine spending a year in Africa doing anything else." Ashley
Wallace (STM intern 2009/10)
"Working with Save the Mothers has given me knowledge and experience, both
in maternal health and working in a developing country, beyond
what I could have imagined. This internship with STM has been the
opportunity of a lifetime." Laura Cranna (STM intern 2010/2011)
Save the Mothers
27 Legend Crt.
PO Box 10126
Canada L9K 1P3
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
seems to be a paying proposition.
We would like to start a database of editors, so that our authors and
those applying for the SoA [Seal of Approval] have a resource (and for any
as well). We do not require that the editors on this list be Catholic,
but they should be supportive of Catholic works. If you or anyone you
know would like to be on this database, please sign up here:
Monday, February 13, 2012
virtual reality?" That's from William Peter Blatty's 2010 novel CRAZY. It's
a funny, elegant, movie-savvy story of a Catholic family with a difference.
A good example of an age-old message clothed in a fresh coat.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Richard Wagamese 5 Day Writers Retreat!
This summer will be the second where I am hosting 5 day live-in writers retreats. Last year's was a roaring success and we look forward to another great summer of sharing with emerging and established writers. What I offer is unique because we start with learning to create spontaneous oral stories using traditional Ojibway oral storytelling teachings and techniques. Then, we transfer those new skills to the page. It's actually quite amazing what happens to people. When I taught it at UVic students were clamoring to get me back as a full time prof. Plus, as you will see from the testimonials, the effect is awesome!
I wonder if I could ask you to share this with people you know who might be interested in an innovative and refreshing take at learning to write better and more fluidly. Attached is the outline with pertinent info including testimonials. Feel free to pass on all of it... Here's the link: http://www.richardwagamese.com/index.php?pr=Live-In_Writing_Workshops
"Changing the world one story at a time..."
Thursday, February 9, 2012
of this article. Clicking on the link may not work, but if you have the
patience, you can paste it into your browser:
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
February 15, 1500 words maximum. Different age categories starting with
Here's the link:
Monday, February 6, 2012
following web site: http://www.sunshineinajar.com/?cat=546
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Call for Submissions: Story Contest for Humour Writers-Deadline February 29
STORY CONTEST FOR HUMOUR WRITERS:
$3,000 in cash prizes available to be won
Summit Studios is a small Canadian publishing company that specializes in
humour anthologies. Our current story contest features prize money in four
distinct categories, and the purpose is to gather material for several new
anthologies that we plan to publish in 2012 and 2013. For that reason, even
if your story doesn't win a prize, there's a good chance we will use it in
one of our new anthologies if it fits our criteria. Full contest details are
available for download from our web site.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
focus of a anthology currently being assembled. If you've written something
relating to this, or would like to, visit the following site for more info.
Pieces of writing relating to the book of Ruth will also be considered.