Friday, December 2, 2016

The 2017 Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar is available now

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced writer, if you’re looking for places to send your work, you should put contests on your list. 

The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar is a book that gives a full listing of annual writing contests in Canada arranged by deadline date. It lists contests for short stories, poetry, children’s writing, novels, and nonfiction – contests for just about everyone. 

The Calendar costs just $20 at one of Brian Henry's workshops or classes or $25 by mail within Ontario (all taxes & shipping included). 

To order, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

How to Make Yourself Write workshop, Saturday, April 29, in Oakville

The Oakville Public Library presents…
How to Make Yourself Write
A creativity workout
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Oakville Central Library, 120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario (All-day parking is around the back of the library and then up the hill a bit on Water Street, across from the Canoe Club. Map here.)

Let's get motivated! This workshop is designed to help you find the time and the inspiration to write. No more staring at a blank screen. Come to this workshop and give yourself a kick-start, and then learn how to keep going. This creativity workout will get your words flowing and help you make the breakthrough into the next level of writing.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published. 

You can read reviews of Brian's courses and workshops here

Fee: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Love letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published

Hi, Brian!
Exciting news! The anthology of “chilling holiday tales for the black-hearted” titled O Horrid Night! which includes my very own piece, A Ghost Story,” is now available for pre-order from Amazon.ca here. The price is great, too: $0.00 for the Kindle edition or just $18.73 for the paperback.
O Horrid Night! is also on Goodreads and my name is there in the listing as a writer! Check it out here.
Finally, I wanted to let you know that at last I have my website up and running. It has a (very) short bio and some excerpts of my work.
All the best,
Corinne Clark

Hi, Brian.
I'm happily passing along the news that two of my pieces are getting some visibility soon. CommuterLit ran my story “Attitude,” and The Globe & Mail published a piece called “Dad’s Workshop” in its daily "Facts and Arguments" space.
All good for the resume!
Regards,
Dave
Read “Attitude” on CommuterLit here, and see links to all eight stories Dave’s published on CommuterLit here. For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.
I’ve reposted Dave’s essay originally published in the Globe & Mail on Quick Brown Fox here. For information on submitting a “Facts & Arguments” essay to the Globe & Mail, see here.

Yay, Mary!
Hi, Brian.
I’ve posted on Facebook and Twitter but in case anyone missed it (can’t have that!), you can find  a link to my latest 50-word story here.
It’s a humorous story this time. Please click the “like” button if you do like it – obviously don’t if you dislike it – the site counts the clicks but that’s it (unlike FB which tells who clicked).
And for anyone I told about being a semi-finalist in the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award – well, boo. I didn’t make it to the final three. Better luck next time I guess!
Mary Steer
For information on submitting to 50-Word Stories, see here.
To see who won the $2,000 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award and the runners-up, see here, and for information on submitting a story to the Galbraith Awards, see here.

Dear Brian,
I'm excited to tell you that my YA novel Passport Control will be coming out with Merit Press, NY (Editor Jackie Mitchard).
I just signed the other day and I'm thrilled. The book should be out within a year in hard copy and digital and I'll be sure to keep you updated.
All best to you and, yes, I am a fan of Leonard Cohen z'l as well.
Gila
Author of King of the Class Amazon Kindle
Check out a review of King of the Class here.

Writer to Writer
A Burlington critique group is looking for new members. If you write children's stories – Picture Books to Young Adult – and are interested in joining our group, please contact Dianne Matich at: Dianne@diannematich.com

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Six great gifts to put on your wish list or to get for a writer you love

Six great gifts for the writer in your life
1) A weekend writing retreat at the luxurious Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park – get two, one for you and one for your spouse, sibling or best friend, because this is going to be a wonderful weekend. See here.

2) A manuscript critique: Your spouse has spent a couple years writing a manuscript, and now she’s pretty sure it still needs work, but doesn’t know how to proceed. Time to give it over to a professional for a critique. Brian will explain what’s working, what’s not, and how to fix it.

3) For a smaller investment, get a gift certificate for a short consult. Maybe the love of your life has a picture book manuscript, a short story, or an opening chapter that needs professional critiquing. Or maybe they're working on a query letter – odds are they'd love to have a professional rewrite that query and make it irresistible. Or maybe they’d just like to have a chat about their career. These are all things that can be done in about an hour and are ideal candidates for a consult.

See details of manuscript critiques and consults here

4) For a great stocking stuffer, give a gift certificate for a Saturday workshop. See what’s coming soon here or just give a certificate for them to hang on to until that special workshop they’re looking for comes around.

5) For a more substantial present, get a gift certificate for a weekly course. See details of classes starting in the new year here.

6) Or you might just give one of these presents to yourself. It’s a good time of year to consider what you want. Have you been thinking about writing? Well, it’s time to start! So give yourself that most important gift – which happens to be entirely free  space and time to get your creative self in gear.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

You're invited to three book launches, for Night Noises by Lisa Beere, on Dec 3, for Cloud Messenger by Karen Trollope-Kumar on Dec 4, and for Savannah Escapade by Sheila Gale on Dec 15

Hi, Brian.
Very happy to announce I have entered the world of children's literature with a flourish!
The folks at Crimson Cloak Publishing like my writing style and as a result my first children's book, 
Night Noises, has just been released in Ebook and soft cover!
For those in the National Capital Region, I hope you will join me at my book launch:
Saturday, December 3, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dovercourt Recreation Centre, upstairs
411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa, Ontario
Night Noises is about Sam, who has trouble getting to sleep because of all the sounds he hears. The story demonstrates how Sam's family comes together to show he is loved; and with that, his sister Junie's brainstorm to give Sam her teddy bear helps him finally get to sleep!
A great story for children aged 47 who might be anxious about the dark, settling into a new home or preparing for their first sleep away adventure!
Please join us and feel free to forward this email!
Thanks very much!
Lisa Beere
Note: If you miss Lisa's book launch, you can buy Night Noises through Lisa's page at Crimson Cloak publishing here

Hi, Brian.
I took one of your writing courses some years ago and got some great insights about my manuscript about my years as a doctor in India. My book Cloud Messenger is finally published! I went with Friesen Press, a self-publishing company – they did a good job.
I want to invite everyone to my book launch:
Sunday, Dec 4
3 pm
First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St. S., Hamilton (Map here)
Thanks a lot.
Karen Trollope-Kumar

If you miss the launch, you can still check out Cloud Messenger and buy a copy here

Dear Brian,
The day has finally arrived! Savannah Escapade, the third book of the Dottie Flowers series, is about to be launched, and you are invited to attend. The details are attached.
In this book, Dottie Flowers, a businesswoman with a penchant for fine wines, opera, and Harley Davidson motor bikes, flies to Savannah to find Fred Fortune, her former lover, has gone missing. She and her friend Mabel Scattergood discover Fred has been kidnapped by a ruthless crime syndicate who are using him as a bargaining chip to get his brother Rick to pay them the money he owes.
Dottie meets Ernest Palmertree on a Ghost Tour. Ernest, a dedicated vegan, tries to woo her by sending gifts to her hotel. Dottie tries to discourage him, but when Ernest finds a sleeping bag, toothbrush and Fred’s medallion in one of the houses he’s renovating, she enlists his help to find Fred.
Things really start heating up when Mabel disappears. Gripping and fast paced, and spiced with ghostly apparitions, Halloween costumes, and a truckload of squealing pigs,  Savannah Escapade will keep you entertained right to the last page.
The launch is …
Thursday, December 15, 2016
2 – 4 p.m.
Oakville Public Library Auditorium
120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario
 Delicious refreshments, courtesy of SGC Catering. 
Please RSVP at sheila.gale8@gmail.com by Thursday, December 8 (sooner, if possible).
We look forward to seeing you at the launch!
Sincerely,
Sheila and Ted
P.S. To all the readers of Quick Brown Fox: I've always been a keen advocate of Brian's workshops and writing courses. Because of his enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge, I persevered, wrote my books and got them published.  Thanks, Brian!
Note:  If you can’t make the launch, you can still purchase copies of copies Savannah Escapade and also of Books 1 and 2 in the series at Sheila’s website here.  

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Three markets paying $150 - $500 for a story, a poetry contest and a call for submissions

The Faerie of Central Park
by Bruce Graw
from TANSTAAFL Press
Tanstaafl Press – Short story submissions wanted for Enter the Rebirth anthology.
Pays 1–8 cents per word
Stories must be less than 8000 words. Stories considered for Enter the Rebirth must be stories about the world coming back to a new stability after any type of apocalypse.
Questions / submissions: submissions@tanstaaflpress.com
Deadline: 15 December 2016. Full submission guidelines here.


Wicked Run Press seeks novella-length addiction-themed horror fiction
Pays $500 per story
The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin – drinking and drugging provides the height of human experience. It’s the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is a yearning not unlike that of any other blood-thirsty monster. The best way to tell these truths of addiction is through a story, and dark truths such as these need a piece of horror to do them justice.
“It’s with great enthusiasm that I invite submissions to an addiction-themed horror anthology with an expected spring/summer 2017 publication date. Garden of Fiends is the working title. Submissions should be from 16,000 to 25,0000 words. The publisher will have one title in the anthology, and from 3 to 4 additional works will be included.
Send submissions to: wickedrunpress@gmail.com  
Deadline: 1 January 2017. Details here.


Beverly Akerman's story "Pie"
appears in Gemini Magazine
Hi, Brian.
Gemini Magazine is now accepting entries for its seventh annual Poetry Competitions. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2017 issue of Gemini. Open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length: prose, rhyming, free verse, ballads, sonnets, haiku The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems.
Deadline: January 3, 2017. Full submission guidelines here.
Coming in a few weeks: results of Gemini’s eighth annual Flash Fiction Contest. 
Peace, 
David Bright, Editor

Fiyah Magazine: Speculative fiction  and poetry wanted for “Spilling Tea” issue.
Fiyah is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about people of the African Diaspora.
Pays $150 per story, $50 per poem
Questions and submissions to: submissions@fiyahlitmag.com
Deadline: 1 January 2017 Full submission guidelines here.


The Fieldstone Review, the University of Saskatchewan's online literary journal, is now accepting submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and reviews for its 2017 issue. The Fieldstone Review welcomes original, previously unpublished work of quality in a variety of styles and genres.
Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017. Full submission guidelines here.

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See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigating tip:
 For more paying markets, go to the Labels for this posting listed below and click on Paying Markets, or Best Paying Markets. In the list of Labels, you’ll also find a links to various other collections of postings.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

June in Algonquin Writing Retreat


June in Algonquin Writing Retreat
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4, 2017
Or add an extra day and extend your retreat to Monday, June 5
Arowhon Pines Resort, Arowhon Pines Rd, Little Joe Lake, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

Give yourself a weekend of writing time  a weekend of instruction, inspiration and creativity. Award yourself with time away from distractions, with no dishes to do and wonderful food at every  meal, as you sit with your feet up and write in the most beautiful wilderness setting in Ontario. This is where the Group of Seven got its inspiration (Tom Thompson is buried just a couple of lakes over); it’s a wonderful place for you to find your inspiration, too.

The retreat will feature both instruction and guided writing exercises, plus one-on-one critiquing and coaching from Brian.  You’ll also have lots of time to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your creativity. 

All writing levels welcome. Whether you are just beginning or have a novel in progress, please join us. 

The setting: Arowhon Pines is a peaceful, quiet resort nestled in the woods on Little Joe Lake inside Algonquin Park. There are no motorboats on the lake, except for the resort’s own pontoon boat which takes guests on occasional wildlife tours.

The resort is without TV and is far from the roar of traffic. The cry of a loon is the loudest noise you’re likely to hear all day.

Rates include charming accommodation (cabins have a mix of queen beds for one person or couples or twin beds for two people rooming together; rooms also have private bathrooms and each cabin has a lounge with fireplace to share with your fellow writers). 

Three all-you-can-eat gourmet meals per day are provided, featuring an abundance of fresh food prepared by master chefs and an inspired kitchen staff. (Bring your own wine or beer!)

All activities included. When you’re not writing, or for spouses who accompany you, there is plenty to do: canoe or kayak a series of lakes or hike trails to see wildlife (moose, loons, beaver, turtles, fox, deer), swim in the lake, sail, stand up paddleboard, play tennis, relax. For indoor activities there is a games room with table tennis, shuffleboard, books, board games. Your stay also includes access to all Algonquin Park programs and activities including a car pass for you to fully enjoy the park.


Check-in isn’t until 3 p.m., but guests can arrive in the morning to fully take advantage of the facilities (though the meals included in your package don’t begin until after check-in time, so lunch on Friday is extra if you arrive early). Each guest can borrow a day pass for Algonquin Park. The formal retreat will begin late Friday afternoon. On the final day of your retreat (whether Sunday or Monday) we'll have our last formal get-together at 11 a.m., ending at 12 noon. Check out time is at 1 p.m.  Most guests have lunch while the bellhops load the car. But once you’ve had lunch, don’t feel you have to rush off!

If you extend your retreat to Monday, you'll have an extra day of writing, instruction, and sharing your work, plus an additional one-one-one session with Brian to have your work critiqued, to brainstorm ideas for a work in progress or to discuss your path forward as a writer. These one-on-one sessions are your chance to pick the instructor’s brain, as you please. Many find this one of the most worthwhile aspects of the retreat.

Participants are welcome to bring spouses, partners or friends, as there will be plenty to do while you’re writing – canoeing, kayaking or sailing, swimming if warm enough, tennis, reading and just plain resting and unwinding, enjoying the wilderness.

Read more about Arowhon Pines here.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Read two reviews of previous writing retreats at Arowhon Pines here
To see more reviews of Brian’s weekly courses and Saturday workshops, see
 here

Accommodation fee (including both accommodation and food, plus use of all the resort’s facilities): $220 per person per night, either single- or double- occupancy for the two nights. (Arowhon has kept their 2016 rates just for us – about 5% off the new rate, and there is no single supplement!) Plus 15% service charge (in lieu of tipping, no extra tipping allowed), then 13% hst added to these rates.

Seminar fee123.89 plus hst = 140
If you’re extending your retreat an extra day, add $61.95 plus hst = 70, for a total of 210
Full receipts issued. Space is very limited, especially for the extra day.

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Who can attend the retreat?
Everyone interested in developing their writing skills is welcome to attend, whether you're aspiring writer or an accomplished author or simply enjoy writing as a hobby. There is no requirement for you to have been previously published or even to have an intention to publish.

I'm a poet / playwright / other writer. Is this retreat for me?
The retreat is open to anyone who enjoys writing. Instruction will focus on narrative writing; i.e., stories, whether fiction or memoir. But if you’re an essayist or poet or whatever, you’re entirely welcome.

Should I bring my work in progress?
Yes, if you have an on-going writing project, bring it with you! If you’re not currently working on anything, don’t worry, we’ll get you writing.

Should I bring my laptop?
Yes, if you prefer to work on your laptop. If you prefer to work on paper bring that.


Can you cater to specific dietary requirements?
Yes, just let the staff at Arowhon Pines know beforehand about your needs.

I want to stay longer or arrive early. Is it possible to do that?
If you want to arrive early and stay longer, that is fine. Just arrange it with the resort. There is plenty to see and do in the park, and Arowhon Pines is a lovely place to base from.  Arowhon will keep the same rate throughout your stay.

Is there cell phone reception and WIFI?
Arowhon Pines is an island of luxury, but in the midst of wilderness, so no cell phone reception and no WIFI, though there are landlines and there’s access to the resort’s Internet connection. (Contact the resort for details.) But be sure to have your writing projects on your laptop when you come, not stored in the Cloud.

How about alcohol?
Arowhon doesn’t serve alcohol, but guests are welcome to bring their own wine, beer or whatever to have with meals or back at your cabin or wherever. (Though do note that Hemingway’s advice to write drunk, mostly produces drivel.)

Can I bring my spouse (or partner or friend)?
Certainly. Just let them know you’ll be spending most of your time writing, (though you will have some free time every day), and make sure they enjoy superb food, beautiful wilderness, and relaxing on the deck or the dock or out on a canoe as they glide past a moose munching on water lilies….

For more information or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca 
To book your accommodation at Arowhon Pines, phone toll free: 1-866-633-5661
Or you can book on-line here. ~ But be sure to also phone and tell them you're with the writing retreat!

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.