There’s another contest with a looming deadline that you might want to check out. Matrix Magazine and the POP Montreal International Music Festival “have joined forces to melt your face and scare your parents”. They want “writing that makes ears ring and throats hoarse”. Grand prize is a night on the town (Montreal) in your honour.
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Here’s a copy/paste from the latest QWF newsletter…
StoryNet Mentorship Program for Non-Fiction Writers
Deadline EXTENDED to April 16, 2012
The QWF is accepting applications from English-language writers across Quebec who would like to participate in a new mentorship program designed to encourage new and emerging voices in Canadian literary non-fiction. You must be a Quebec resident to participate in this program.
Successful candidates will be invited to develop their craft by writing and polishing two short- to medium-length (1,200-2,400 word) pieces under the guidance of an accomplished professional author.
Adam Leith Gollner
Elaine Kalman Naves
Participants who complete the program will have the opportunity to see their works published in Quebec Heritage News magazine between September 2012 and March 31, 2013.
Registration for the StoryNet mentorship program is free but only six spaces are available. These will be reserved for applicants showing a fresh and original style matched with insight into, and understanding of, an engaging subject or subjects.
How to Apply
Submissions may be made online at http://qwfqahn.submishmash.com/submit or submitted in hard copy (4 copies of everything) to:
StoryNet Mentorship Program
Quebec Writers’ Federation
1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3
Westmount, QC, H3Z 1X4
If you are mailing in your submission, be sure to include your name, email address and telephone number (the online form will request this information as well).
All applications must contain the following:
- A brief cover letter introducing yourself and explaining why you’d like to work with a mentor. For online submissions, this text will need to be cut and pasted into the “cover letter” field on the submission website;
- A separate document, double-spaced, in two sections: 1) five pages of an unpublished writing sample – non-fiction or fiction – to demonstrate your writing style to the jury; 2) one page outlining one or more specific story ideas you would like to work on with your mentor for publication in Quebec Heritage News. Your idea(s) should touch on some aspect of the history and heritage of Quebec, but can take many forms. For example:
- Stories of local or neighbourhood history, conveyed in a fresh manner; a personal angle is preferable to a detached, academic approach.
- Family history, brought to life with colourful writing and a critical perspective.
- Thoughtful and observant accounts of travel within the province or other encounters that have led to reflection.
- Reviews of museums or exhibitions, particularly if they involve a flair for description and personal insight.
In all cases, stories should appeal to a broad readership without sacrificing erudition. Humour is always welcome.
If you are submitting online, this second document must be uploaded as a text document (no pdfs) at the submission web site.
All submissions MUST BE IN THE QWF OFFICE, EITHER ELECTRONICALLY OR PHYSICALLY,
BY 5:00 PM ON APRIL 16, 2012.
Successful applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by the end of April 2012 and the mentorship will begin in May. It may continue for up to six months. Selected writers will receive approximately 15 hours of feedback from their mentor—about 7 ½ hours on each of two articles.
Quebec Heritage News magazine is published by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), which gratefully acknowledges the support of the Development of Official-Languages Support Programs Branch, Department of Canadian Heritage, which made this project possible.
For more information:
Telephone: (514) 933-0878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), in collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health (CFWH), is calling for submissions for the 2012 SOGC/CFWH Journalism Awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting. This award, consisting of a $1,000 cash prize per print and broadcast category, recognizes journalists, reporters, and producers who have excelled in communicating information on women’s sexual and reproductive health issues to the public.
To be eligible, publications or broadcasts must have appeared in a Canadian consumer newspaper, magazine or broadcast report in Canada between 1 January and 31 December 2011. The submission deadline is March 5, 2012.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is accepting entries for its 2011-2012 investigative journalism awards. The application deadline is October 5, 2011.
The CIHR Journalism Awards will support media stories that inform Canadians of evidence-based health-related research issues carried out by health researchers. The award is not meant to support health-related research carried out by the applicant. Recipients may undertake projects in print, broadcast and on-line media. Projects are expected to include a period of investigation and study that assembles the information needed for an in-depth news or feature article, a radio or TV piece, or a series of articles or pieces. Travel to interview sources is anticipated.
Today is the last day to vote for books that you think should make the Giller long list. You have until midnight TONIGHT, August 28, 2011.
And, if you’re so inclined, you might to vote for PWAC member Beverly Akerman’s short story collection, The Meaning of Children.
Here’s the link to the voting page: http://www.cbc.ca/books/scotiabankgillerprize/readerschoice/
The deadline for submissions for the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for Social Justice Writing is Friday, June 17,2011 at end of day.
The book and magazine awards recognize excellence of writing and research as well as provide support to a writer who has a publication contract and is completing the writing necessary to meet the terms of the contract. Magazine articles published in the first five months of the year that the writer is applying for the award will be accepted.
Eligible freelance writers are invited to submit their writing soon and spread the word to interested colleagues.
Read about eligibility criteria at http://www.greberwritingaward.com/submissions.htm.
This came in via the QWF. Now we’re sharing it with PWAC Quebec members…
New $50,000 Poetry Competition Based on Global, Grassroots Model
MONTREAL, 29 March 2011 – A group of leading poets from around the world has organized the biggest poetry competition in history. The new Montreal International Poetry Prize will award $50,000 for a single poem of 40 lines or fewer, written in any English dialect. Designed to bring more attention to poetry and to encourage people from all over the world to enter their poems, the not-for-profit Montreal Prize represents a major contribution to the global cultural scene.
To reflect its global perspective, the Montreal Prize has assembled an editorial board of accomplished poets from Australia, Canada, England, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and the US. These poets will select 50 poems for the competition’s shortlist, which will be published in a unique global poetry anthology, representing the very latest work from around the world. From these finalists, Andrew Motion, the 2011 prize judge and former UK poet laureate, will select the winner of the $50,000 prize.
“We’re hoping readers will find it especially valuable to consider the idea of ‘global poetry’,” says Asa Boxer, a Montreal poet and Montreal Prize co-founder. “Poets and poetry scenes tend to be nationally-minded. We created this project, in part, to broaden the horizons of our reading.”
Funding for the project has been organized in an innovative manner, and along the lines of cutting-edge social entrepreneurship, according to Len Epp, another Montreal Prize co-founder. “While the prize amount has been guaranteed by a generous ‘catalyst’ donor,” says Mr. Epp, “our not-for-profit model is based on a blend of sponsorship and the principles of community funding.”
“Crucially, all poems will be judged anonymously – that is, the judges will have no idea whose work they’re reading, or where the author is from,” adds Mr. Epp. “In this way we hope to discover new voices and level the playing field for everyone who enters the competition.”
The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22.
For more information on the Montreal International Poetry Prize, contact Len Epp or visit http://www.montrealprize.com. You can also read more about us here at the Huffington Post and here at Poets & Writers.
About the Montreal International Poetry Prize
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting poetry and poets around the world. It manages the world’s biggest poetry competition, offering a $50,000 prize for a single poem.
The Quebec Writing Competition is well underway. Don’t panic, there’s lots of time to submit your stories and creative non-fiction; the deadline is May 1, 2010. The word limit is 1200.
The prizes are:
- Three prizes of $1000
- Radio broadcast on CBC Radio One’s Cinq à Six
- Publication (of course) in Maisonneuve and an anthology by Véhicule Press
Check out the above link for full contest details! Get typing!
Book Drum is a UK-based online forum for bibliophiles who want to enrich the reading experience of their favourite books for readers of the world. Contributors create detailed profiles of their cherished volumes which include maps, images, music or video files that can bring the context of the book’s inner world to life. Watch archival footage of Pamplona’s festival bulls running through the streets while reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Map Holden Caufield‘s walkabout through New York City. You get the idea.
Book Drum is holding a tournament to celebrate the site’s launch and find writers to contribute to the site. The contest is open to anyone in the English-speaking world, and the first prize is £1,000 and work contracts for the best entries. Sample profiles are available so contestants know what Book Drum is looking for. The deadline to enter is January 31, 2010.