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Poster:devindrover
Date:2009-07-02 15:26
Subject:[Word]: Call for Submissions
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Poetry is one of the most important forms of literary art that has a strong connection with the culture of many people Canada-wide. Beautiful words woven together perfectly with rhyme and rhythm is something that Canadians have a tendancy to do wonderfully - spawning epic works by the likes of EJ Pratt, Margaret Atwood and Robert Finch.

With that being said, it is my pleasure to announce "[Word]: A Journal of Canadian Poetry" - A new, eighty page, softcover anthology due out in Winter 2009 from Engen Books, a new outlet for interested Canadian poets who are looking for a new place for others to embrace their work. Interested? Look around the site at http://www.journalofcanadianpoetry.com and find out all about "[Word]: A Journal of Canadian Poetry".

- Devin Drover
Editor
 

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Poster:baggyk
Date:2008-01-13 17:34
Subject:Writing a Theatrical Monologue
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Hi. I don't know if anyone else is still following this community, but I was wondering if anyone knows how to format a theatrical monologue. Anyone got a copy of the Vagina monologues around by chance? Is it formatted like a play? Are there stage directions and set notes or is it formatted like a short story? 

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Poster:baggyk
Date:2006-05-17 13:06
Subject:"Literary Contest"
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Did anyone else get an email announcing a Literary Contest run by http://www.booklandpress.com for http://www.canadianaid.com with a heft entry fee, no prize details and no names or executive on either of the web sites that were created with the same template? And funnily enough, there's no contact person for either site on the whois database either.

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Poster:dskd
Date:2005-10-27 12:23
Subject:creativity
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Despite the lack of product you may see from me, I am a writer. Most likely you are too, your probably also a painter, dancer, musician, jewlery maker, something. Or maybe your life is a work of art, lucky you.

I tend to find myself not creating art because I tend to be easily distracted by the tools/toys that are availible on my computer and the internet. These are all sources of amusments and inspiration, But, they are also time wasters and creativity vacumes.

I'll let you in on a little secret I've been working on. Prioritise my day by artistic flow not information processing. Artistic flow is the positive self-actualising process of creating art from the resources inside you. For my purposes i'll propse this from a writers point of view. This can be the creation of a new story that you create as you write/type or it may be the physical presentation of a story or theme that you had percollating in the unused brain cells in the back of your head. This is an outward flow of your ideas, the actualisation of art makes it a concrete object that can be shared by others and used as an inspiration for their personal artistic flow. Informative processing is the ingestion of external stimuli (email, news, reading LJ/blogs, television) and filtering or quantifying it in as significant to you or something to be discarded. You don't reply to every email you get, you have to choose and prioritise which you will respond to and what you will say and when you will post that response. These are things that fight to take you out of your creative moments and break your artistic flow by forcing you to externalise your attention.

My approach is to use that sleepy headed just-out-of-bed time while drinking my morning coffee to just sit down and write. The hour or so after you get up and before you start processing you day and interacting with the world (email, radio, tv, family, news) your brain is still in a state of cycling through alpha waves. This is why (when you wake up) you are sometimes able to do complicated math (eg: figuring out how you can sleep an extra 4.5 minutes if you don't shampoo your hair, sleep another 3 minutes if you only make 1/2 a pot of coffee, sleep a further 5 minutes if you grab a sandwich at work instead of making lunch, adding up to 12.5 minutes of extra sleep) but not able to hold a meanigful conversation that does not involve monosylabic vocalisations. Your Brain is still feeling introverted and isn't ready to" come out and play" yet. This you can use because at this time your brain hasn't started it's internal "firewall" of self doubt, self-censoring, trying to be overly clever. Your brain still wants to play and this play manifests itself in creative flow.This is not the only time that you brain goes into an Alpha State, you also can achieve it by relaxation and meditation. Meditati does not always have to consist of doing nothing. It can be done while doing another activity, walking for instance, or reading, doing the dishes, jogging, riding a bike. Almost everybody finds that they think faster while walking so maybe you can make a habit of walking for an hour each day after all your work is done. This should be enough time for you to relax your brain enouigh for it to decide to start "playing". So here you have 1 hour of gratis creative brain time in the morning, 1 hour of relaxing walking in the evening, and whatever time you choose at night to do your art. If you start a habit of using these periods it will encourage your brain to quickly seek these states whenever you find you have need or time for them. Think of being able to stop, take out your notebook, and begin writing while in a line-up (argh), or waiting for the bus, and then being able to go back to that later (when time permits) with no break in the flow of ideas.

Things that I like to do to encourage my creative flow are to always reimagine things around me in my personal artistic style.

  • Listen to a song and hear it in yoiur head with different vocals or different instruments.
  • Watch a movie or tv program and improvise your own dialogue or background music. Think Jaws with a Loony Tunes soundtrack.
  • Read a book from another characters perspective.
  • Create new words for advertisments (posters, billboards, commercials)


Create. Creating does not mean finishing a project, just start it and work at it. The creative process is important, not the end product. If you write do an outline or a character sketch, describe something your looking at right now or something you've seen recently (to improve your memory). These are exercises to keep your artistic flow, well, flowing.

Here are some links that you might find interesting from a hidden jem of a website I read daily.

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Poster:playoffpush
Date:2005-09-24 06:43
Subject:Canada Writes: Volume 2, Issue 1
Security:Public

Calls:

[x] The Canadian Writer's Journal is holding its Short Fiction Contest. Entries must be original and unpublished within any genre. Maximum length is 1,200 words. Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced.
- Fees: $5.00 for each story
- Deadline: September 30, 2005 and March 31, 2006.

[x] The CBC Literary Awards are back on. Short stories (2,000-2,500 words), creative nonfiction (2,000 to 2,500 words) and poetry (1,500 - 2,500 words) are all accepted. You can visit their website or call 1-877-888-6788 for more information.
- Fees: $20.00
- Deadline: November 1, 2005

Articles:

[x] James Bonnet discusses the high concept and how to conquer it.

[x] lotesseflower asks what the relationship between the reader and writer should be.

[x] Michael Chabon discusses finding himself as a writer.

[x] An excellent explanation of plot formulas and how to lay out your story before beginning the first draft.

[x] A report on the failure of launch dates to generate any excitement.

[x] Reminder: Rejection letters aren't all bad.

Take A Break:

[x] oyceter talks about the rules for romance novel heroines.

[x] "Either that wallpaper goes or I do." Sound familiar? Check out famous last words, epitaphs, obituaries and farewell speeches at Last Words.

Resources:

[x] Free PDF books? I'm there!

[x] Unsure about query wait times? The Black Hole has a guide to average, minimum and maximum response times for various Sci-Fi journals and publishers.

[x] The Writers Free Reference is a site with literally thousands of links that may be of interest for you while doing research for your next story.

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Poster:playoffpush
Date:2005-05-24 09:03
Subject:Canada Writes: Vol 1, Issue 6
Security:Public

Calls:

[x] Bluechrome is pleased to announce its A Collection of Your Own and Fiction contests. They are seeking previously unpublished and original works of poetry up to 50 lines, and fiction up to 2,500 words. The winner will be featured (in poetry) or included (in fiction) in their next publication of the bluechrome 2006 anthology.
- Fees: poetry: £3 for one poem, £5 for three, £9 for five; fiction: £5 for one short story, £10 for two
- Deadline: poetry: 22 June 2005; fiction: 16 September 2005

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Articles:

[x] BookLust ponders humour.

[x] Scott Westerfield, author of Old Man's War, talks about piracy and the stupidity of worrying about it in the publishing industry.

[x] A new study finds that 50 is the best age to publish a successful novel.

[x] Could the end of the written word be on its way?

[x] A look at the effect of Penguin Books on the publishing industry.

[x] UNT Libraries present A Brief History of Early Moveable Books.

[x] Are Encyclopedias the lowest literary form?

[x] Walt Whitman advice to writers: Don't become a poet.

[x] Stewart Dalby discusses how he got published.

[x] A look at why women in male-written fiction are unrealistic.

[x] Shelly Wake argues why fillters are the best market for aspiring writers.

[x] Check yourself - have you bought into the myths of writing?

[x] A press release for the 2004 First Novel Award.

Take A Break:

[x] Geist.com offers some fun, hockey-themed stories and poems.

[x] Penguin Remixed offers thirty of the best spoken word samples from the greatest books of all time, and gives you the chance to mix them up.

Resources:

[x] The dictionary of old hobo slang offers - you guessed it - old hobo slang.

[x] Looking for help with those Britishisms? London Slang can help with its extensive listing of terms.

[x] Bethany Roberts answers some frequently asked questions about writing books for children.

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Poster:playoffpush
Date:2005-05-11 01:13
Subject:Canada Writes: Volume I, Issue 5
Security:Public

Reminders:

[x] Arrowsmith is seeking unpublished novels on any theme. The recommended page count is 80-120 pages, doubled-spaced. Open to all Canadian residents. Entries must be written in English.
- Entry fee: $10
- Deadline: May 15, 2005

Calls:

[x] The Antigonish Review is holding its Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest and Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize. Entries must be original and previously unpublished on any subject. Poetry may not exceed 4 pages or 150 lines; fiction must not exceed 3,500 words. Open to all residents.
- Entry fee: $25.00, or $35.00 for both (includes a one-year subscription to The Antagonish Review)
- Deadline: Fiction: May 31, 2005
               Poetry: June 30, 2005

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Articles:

[x] Wired explains Amazon's newest features and mulls the implications of Statistically Improbable Phrases.

[x] Michael Bryson laments the state of short fiction in Canada.

[x] Torstar looks to expand its ventures in Harlequin.

[x] Larry Baker provides us with a look at selling books in grocery stores.

[x] A look at the Canadian literary landscape.

[x] A new literary market has opened up, aimed at women 45 years and older.

[x] "Patrick," a literary novelist, contemplates the pros and cons of publishing with a big house versus a University press.

[x] "Richard" gives us a glimpse into the harrowing world of publishing politics and how it almost ruined his career.

[x] Can the lack of psychological depth in contemporary fiction and art be blamed on Freud?

[x] Roxana Robinson provides her thoughts on short fiction versus the novel.

Resources:

[x] Take a look at Amazon's newest text stats and concordance.

[x] Help out poets.org by adopting a poet today!

[x] Some suggestions on watching out for the improbable in your fiction.

[x] The phrase and quotation search engine.

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Just a friendly request from the mods here asking you to pimp this community if you can. Help spread the word about Canada Writes!

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Poster:playoffpush
Date:2005-05-06 21:25
Subject:Canada Writes: Volume 1, Issue 4
Security:Public

Reminders:

[x] Arrowsmith is seeking unpublished novels on any theme. The recommended page count is 80-120 pages, doubled-spaced. Open to all Canadian residents. Entries must be written in English.
- Entry fee: $10
- Deadline: May 15, 2005

Calls:

No new calls this week.

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Articles:

[x] C.I. Chattelle looks at publishing and the rejection culture and ponders whether or not huge advancements and promotion drives are behind a declining publishing industry.

[x] A breakdown of publishing language from the New York Times, as reprinted in the International Herald Tribune.

[x] A look at a controversial new publishing method that forces the author to rely solely on royalties.

[x] How supermarkets are helping the sale of books.

[x] One man's look at how book superstores are threatening the American literary future.

Resources:

[x] Create a timeline for your story.

[x] daromaius talks about First North American Publishing Rights and the internet.

[x] arcaediagives us a tidbit from Dean Koontz on writing.

[x] Looking for a daily writing exercise? Try oneword to warm you up.

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If you have any tips or suggestions, please e-mail us at anriadne_agkelos@yahoo.com.

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Poster:playoffpush
Date:2005-04-27 16:27
Subject:Canada Writes: Volume 1, Issue 3
Security:Public

I want to apologize profusely for the lateness of this issue. Rest assured that Canada Writes will be published weekly; unfortunately, the last month has seen term papers and exams. But now that they're out of the way, let the postings begin!

Reminders:

[x] VSW Postcard Story Competition - The Victoria School of Writing is looking for 300 words on any topic, fiction or non-fiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, original works. Open to everyone. Submissions must be written in English.
- Entry fee: $10 if mailed, $4 if submitted personally at the Literary Info-Fair in Victoria, B.C.
- Deadline: April 29, 2005

[x] WCDR Short Fiction Contest is seeking submissions on any topic. Entries must be previously unpublished, original works. Open to writers over 18. Must be 2500 words or less.
- Entry fee: $10
- Deadline: April 30, 2005

[x] The Caffeine Society is holding a contest looking for short stories featuring a cafe. The name of the cafe and the place where the story is set must be incorporated into the body of the text. The winning story will be published in an anthology. Only stories 1,000 words or less will be considered.
- Entry fee: None available
- Deadline: May 1, 2005

Calls:

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[x] The CAA Niagara Branch's Annual Poetry Competition is seeking entries from Ontario residents. Only original, previously unpublished and unconsidered poems are permitted.
- Entry fee: $12.00 for 3 poems, and $3.00 for each poem after
- Deadline: June 30, 2005

[x] The Leaf Press is running its Looking For Love Poems Contest again and is seeking submissions of 30 lines or less, including stanza breaks. Only previously unpublished poems will be considered.
- Entry fee: $15.00 for up to 5 poems
- Deadline: July 30, 2005

[x] Wellingtown Town Council is pleased to announce its Short Story Competition of 2005. They are seeking short stories of 4,500 words or less about any theme. Stories must be original and previously unpublished.
- Entry fee: A minimum donation of £3.00, though more is, of course, accepted
- Deadline: August 31, 2005

[x] The 6th International Mattia Poetry Competition is in full-effect and seeking submissions of 200 words or less. All poems must be original.
- Entry fee: None
- Deadline: September 1, 2005

[x] gritLIT is looking for submissions for its Short Story Contest. Stories must be 2,500 words or less, original and previously unpublished. Two copies must be submitted for consideration.
- Entry fee: $20.00 for the first story, and $5.00 for each additional entry
- Deadline: September 15, 2005

Articles:

[x] Freelancers win a lawsuit that forces online databases to pay writers for their archived works.

[x] Elizabeth Tallent examines why so many narrators in fiction are dead.

[x] What to do and not to do when it comes to promoting your book.

[x] Steven Boaze discusses the advantages and limitations of newspaper advertising.

[x] Ray Rhamey looks at the passive narrative.

[x] Continuing with the advertising trend, Deborah Woehr provides questions that should be asked when hiring a book marketer.

[x] Maud Newton wonders whether or not blogging is bad for your fiction.

[x] Agent Obscura presents us with the perfect query letter.

Resources:

[x] The Grammar Slammer is here for all your syntax (syntaxical?) needs.

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Poster:playoffpush
Date:2005-03-10 16:48
Subject:Canada Writes: Volume 1, Issue 2
Security:Public

Calls:

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[x] The Blogfest 2005 Writing Contest is offering a $2000 (USD) prize for writers to write anything they want for convincing them of your passion for your work. Open to everyone. The winner must keep a weekly blog of how his/her project is going.
- Entry fee: $5 (USD)
- Deadline: April 20, 2005

[x] VSW Postcard Story Competition - The Victoria School of Writing is looking for 300 words on any topic, fiction or non-fiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, original works. Open to everyone. Submissions must be written in English.
- Entry fee: $10 if mailed, $4 if submitted personally at the Literary Info-Fair in Victoria, B.C.
- Deadline: April 29, 2005

[x] WCDR Short Fiction Contest is seeking submissions on any topic. Entries must be previously unpublished, original works. Open to writers over 18. Must be 2500 words or less.
- Entry fee: $10
- Deadline: April 30, 2005

[x] Arrowsmith is seeking unpublished novels on any theme. The recommended page count is 80-120 pages, doubled-spaced. Open to all Canadian residents. Entries must be written in English.
- Entry fee: $10
- Deadline: May 15, 2005

[x] ARC Magazine's Annual Poem of the Year Contest is seeking unpublished poems of up to 100 lines on any theme. Open to everyone; however, the entry fee must be in Canadian funds. Entries must be written in English.
- Entry fee: $21 (includes subscription to ARC Magazine)
- Deadline: June 30, 2005

[x] The InkSpotter Flash Fiction Contest is seeking submissions no longer than 500 words on the theme Finding the right words. Open to everyone.
- Entry fee: $1 (USD)
- Deadline: July 21, 2005

Articles:

[x] Jenny Bent has an excellent article on what to expect when you get published.

[x] Nielsen Hayden explains why publishers reject manuscripts. Take heart - it's not always personal!

[x] The BBC looks at how word of mouth impacts the writing market.

[x] Caroline Michel compares Book Crossing to Napster, announcing it as a crisis for 21st century publishing.

[x] Peggy Tibbets offers a few tips on publishing children's books.

Resources:

[x] The Association of Canadian Publishers has excellent tips on how to get published.

[x] CrimesAndClues.com is a new resource for Mystery writers.

[x] The Canada Council for the Arts is offering grants to theatre artists.

[x] Need an idea for your blog, or any other writing project? Blog Ideas can help you get started.

[x] Interested in getting some critique on your work? Drop us a line either through e-mail or in the comments section and we'll publish a link to your story in the next issue.

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Do you have any tips, comments, or suggestions? Feel free to mail us or drop off a comment!

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Poster:playoffpush
Date:2005-02-23 22:51
Subject:Canada Writes: Volume 1, Issue 1
Security:Public

Welcome to the very first edition of Canada Writes! If you have any questions, comments, or links, please feel free to post them in the comments.

Calls:

[x] Long Poem Contest - A poetry competition open to Canadian and foreign residents. Submissions must be original and unpublished.
- Entry fee: $35
- Deadline: March 1, 2005

[x] HerStory Anthology is calling for submissions for their anthology to be published in Autumn 2005. They are looking for inspirational stories about strong women overcoming life's obstacles. No essays or vignettes, please. Limit entries to 2000 words.
- Deadline: March 10, 2005.

[x] Love This Book - A book review writing contest. Open to everyone. Submissions must be written in English, between 200 to 400 words. Only reviews on books that were published in 2003 and 2004 are eligible.
- Entry fee: $5.
- Deadline: March 18, 2005.

[x] Ten Stories Tall - A short story competition open to Ontario residents only. Submissions must be original, unpublished works of fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words.
- Entry fee: $15
- Deadline: March 31, 2005.

[x] North of 55 is a non-fiction writing contest. Submissions must be original, unpublished and between 600 and 1,500 words. Entries must be about something that is, or takes place, north of the 55th parallel in Canada. Open to those 18 and older.
- Entry fee: $15 if you are a CAA member or a current Up Here subscriber; $20 if you are not.
- Deadline: March 31, 2005

Articles:

[x] Publicist Annie Jennings explains what a platform is, and why every author should have one.

[x] Martin vows more funding for the arts in Canada.

[x] cluegirl provides us with Neil Gaiman's answer on agents and publishing.

[x] Margaret Atwood gets nominated for the new Booker prize.

Miscellaneous:

[x] BugMeNot allows you to bypass those pesky pages that require compulsory registration.

[x] If you would like to publish a link to your story for the group to read, please comment in this entry with a link to your work and it will be added on the next issue.

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