Saturday, January 24, 2015

The CBC Creative Non-fiction contest offers $10,000 in prizes; Fourth Genre offers $1,000 prize

The CBC Creative Non-fiction Contest
Submit your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction between 1200 and 1500 words.
Competition runs from January 1 to March 1.
All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.
While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the "submit" link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
Prizes: $6,000 grand prize, $1,000 each for four runner-ups, publication in enRoute and more
Creative Nonfiction includes memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing and feature articles. While the events must be real and the facts true, creative nonfiction conveys your message through the use of literary techniques such as characterization, plot, setting, dialogue, narrative and personal reflection. In works of creative nonfiction, the writer's voice and opinion are evident. The work should be accessible to a general reading audience (i.e., not written for a specialized or academic audience).
Guidelines here.


Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, a journal devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in nonfiction. Given the genre’s flexibility and expansiveness, we welcome a variety of works ranging from personal essays and memoirs to literary journalism and personal criticism. Published twice a year. Guidelines for submissions here.  
Fourth Genre also calls for submissions for the annual Steinberg Essay Prize
The judge for our 11th annual Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize had been previously announced in Poets & Writers and the Writers Chronicle as the essayist, editor, and beloved teacher Judith Kitchen, who passed away in early November, to the great sadness of her current and former students, friends, and the larger community of essay-writers everywhere. (Read a brief piece here.)
We at Fourth Genre have asked one of Judith’s former students, Kate Carroll de Gutes, to judge this year’s contest in Judith’s spirit. We hope to receive an abundance of lyric essays, but all forms and modes are welcome.
The author of the winning essay receives $1,000; the winning entry will be published in Fourth Genre 18.1 (February 2016). Reading fee: $209 U.S.
Deadline: March 15. Guidelines here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Next Step in Creative Writing course, April 23 – June 25, in Mississauga

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Spring session

Thursday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
April 23 – June 25, 2015
First readings emailed April 16
Unity Church, Unit 8, 3075 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here.)

The Next Step in Creative Writing will challenge you to take a step up in your writing.  The format will be similar to the "Intensive" courses, but with less reading between classes each week, leaving you with more writing time. Over the ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.

Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures at the start of class, addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.

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 Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Check out two reviews of the Next Step course hereAnd see more reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

Fee: 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  Payment in advance by mail or Interac.
Note: Enrollment is strictly limited, and these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment. 

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

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A free contest and calls for travel pieces, creative nonfiction, and good writing

Entries are invites for “Passages: Transitions Between Worlds” a free writing contest hosted by the Creative Writing Concentration at Carleton University. Two age categories: under 18 and 18+. Categories: Poetry and Short Story. International entries welcome. Prize: $300 and publication in an anthology (Spring 2015). Submit three poems (max. 100 lines each) or one short story (3,000 words max.).
Deadline: February 15, 2015. Guidelines here.

Cargo literary magazine seeks writing that focuses on passage and transformation for their debut issue. Looking for travel essays, creative nonfiction, poetry and visual art (photography and more) that explores episodes of travel and personal growth. Wants your honesty and bravery. 
Deadline: February 1, 2015.

Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from writers, who identify as women or genderqueer, for their annual creative nonfiction writing contest. First prize: $500 + publication. Entry fee: $35 (includes one-year subscription), and $7 for each additional entry.
Deadline: March 8, 2015. Guidelines here.

Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is reading for their Spring 2015 issue. Welcomes poetry, short fiction, nonfiction and artwork, excerpts from traditionally published collections, and proposals for feature-length interviews and
articles on the craft of writing.
Deadline:February 15, 2015. Guidelines.


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Next Step in Creative Writing course, Thursday evenings April 23 – June 25, in Georgetown

The Next Step in Creative Writing
10 weeks of creative growth
Spring session

Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 23 – June 25, 2015
First readings emailed April 16
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (In the village of Glen Williams. Map here.)

The Next Step in Creative Writing will challenge you to take a step up in your writing. Over the ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.

Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures at the start of class, addressing the needs of the group, and in addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.

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 Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Check out two reviews of the Next Step course here. And see more reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

Fee:
 176.11 + 13% hst = 199.  Payment in advance by mail or Interac.
Note: Enrollment is limited and these courses fill up, so enroll early to avoid disappointment.  

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

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Literary agent Monika Woods of Inkwell Management seeks literary & commercial fiction and anything about Poland

Sophie Kinsella ~ one of the authors
represented by Inkwell
InkWell Management
521 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10175
http://www.inkwellmanagement.com/

InkWell Management is a large New York agency. It was formed in 2004 through the merger of Arthur Pine Associates, Carlisle & Company, and Witherspoon Associates. InkWell handles both fiction and nonfiction, literary and commercial literature, adult and young adult books.

Monika Woods is the newest member of the team and like all new agents, she needs authors. Monika began her publishing career working for Ellen Levine at Trident Media Group after graduating from the Columbia Publishing Course. 

She joined InkWell in the Spring of 2013 to work with Kimberly Witherspoon and start building her own client list. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats and is expecting a baby in March (which I imagine may interrupt her career temporarily).

Monika can be found writing about the book she just finished at www.booksijustread.com  or on Twitter at @booksijustread

Monika is seeking literary and commercial fiction, memoir, and compelling non-fiction in food, popular culture, science, and current affairs. Some of her dream projects include historical fiction about feminists, the Roma, and Maxim Lieber, darkly suspenseful stories (both true and made-up) with unreliable narrators, anything about Poland and its history, nonfiction that is creatively critical, and above all, novels written in a singular voice.

Include a short writing sample (1-2 chapters) in the body of your email. She’ll respond if she would like to read more.

Other newer agents at Inkwell include Allison Hunter and Lauren Smythe.

Lauren Smythe  worked in the Literary Department of William MorrisEndeavor before joining Inkwell in 2010. Her interests are wide-ranging but tend toward smart narrative nonfiction (narrative journalism, modern history, biography, cultural criticism, personal essay, humor), personality-driven practical nonfiction (cookbooks, fashion and style), and contemporary literary fiction.

Lauren grew up in Indiana, attended New York University, and lives, predictably, in Brooklyn.

Allison Hunter, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm, Kim-from-L.A. 

She joined the InkWell team in New York City in 2010, and is actively acquiring literary and commercial fiction (including romance), memoir, narrative nonfiction, cultural studies, pop culture and prescriptive titles, including cookbooks.

Allison is always looking for funny female authors, great love stories and family epics, and for non-fiction projects that speak to the current cultural climate. She has a B.A. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Query Lauren or Allison at: submissions@inkwellmanagement.com
Include 1 or 2 chapters in the body of your email (no attachments).

Full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will lead a "How to Get Published" workshop in Niagara on the Lake on Saturday, March 7, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here). 

Anne Shone
Also, Brian will lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop with Anne Shone, Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada, on Saturday, May 2, in Oakville (see here). 

For more information or to register for any workshop or course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Other upcoming workshops, include: "How to Write Great Dialogue," Saturday, Jan 24, in Georgetown (here), and "Revising and Editing," Saturday, Jan 31 in Oakville (here). 

Then “How to Build Your Story,” Saturday, February 7 in Stouffville (here), Saturday, February 28 in Collingwood (here), Saturday, March 14 in Burlington (here), Saturday, May 9 in London (here) and Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (here), and “How to Make Your Stories Sizzle,” Saturday, February 21 in Mississauga (here).

Weekly courses: Whether you're looking for an introduction to creative writing or you're getting your manuscript ready to submit to an agent, your best bet is a weekly course. See details for all six courses starting in January here
For details of courses starting in the spring, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca 

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.