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Montreal POPS!

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.

Details are here!

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QWF non-fiction mentorship program

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.

Program Mentors:
Adam Leith Gollner
Elaine Kalman Naves
Joel Yanofsky

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 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  • A separate document, double-spaced, in two sections: 1) five pages of an unpublished writing sample – non-fiction or fiction – to demonstrate your writing style to the jury; 2) one page outlining one or more specific story ideas you would like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.
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

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Call for Entries: SOGC Journalism Awards

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 full rules and eligibility requirements can be found on the SOGC website (here for the French version).

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CIHR Journalism Awards 2011-2012

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.

Visit the CIHR and ResearchNet websites for further information.

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Influence the Gillers!

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:

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