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Book Launch of The Poisoned Pawn!

My friends Tara Hollister and Sarah Atchison accompanied me to the book launch of Peggy Blair’s The Poisoned Pawn at the Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa. It was a very fun evening with a Cuba theme and not only did we get to chat with Peggy again, Tara was able to cozy up to the Mayor – Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa).

Fun all around, and some interesting art to look at too!

See my review of the Poisoned Pawn here.

To come – an interview with the author.

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CBC Books – Canada Writes – Poetry Prize!

Competition is now open!
Deadline to submit: May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET

This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate.

The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.

The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her poetry published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony (details about the residency here), and will be interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.

The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words.

For more information:
http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/poetry/

My two cents:

I am surprised that this competition has a word minimum of 400 since Poetry of all the written forms can tend to be quite short.  I can’t submit anything I’ve posted here on my blog since according to the rules, it counts as “previously published” (does that mean I can tell people I am a published author? heh heh).  I am going to work on one new poem this week and see what happens.  This should be interesting since I am not used to writing what I consider to be “long” poems.

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My “24 hour” submission

If you missed my post from yesterday about this contest – here it is – http://www.samanthaball.ca/?p=1111

And here’s my entry in the contest 🙂

 

MONDAY

As a new mother, I had arranged for a photographer, however, Mary Ball found being posed like an Anne Geddes picture inconvenient.  Her sudden cries and flailing seemed timed to the photographer leaning in for the shot. I tried to calm her by giving her a bottle.  Within seconds of guzzling her milk…the telltale sounds of a wet poop.  Under her bare bottom, I was mortified to see poo on the photographer’s WHITE blanket.   The photographer suggested we end the session.  With relief, I cleaned and scooped up Mary – then felt the warm wetness of pee all over my lap…

 

***One of the contest rules was that the person whose name was “dropped” had to consent to the story.  Since my one month old can’t “consent”, I may be disqualified, but I thought I’d try to send it in anyway 🙂

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New 24 Hour Writing Challenge from CBC

Announcing the Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge

 

Do you know who your friends are? On Thursday, January 26th, Canada Writes is launching a new, 24-hour writing challenge — and it’s all about the true stories you choose to make public.
Do you always have the right to tell your true story — even if it involves someone else? 

This Thursday, we’ll be asking you to address this question in a 24-hour writing challenge, and we’re giving away an iPod Touch for the best story.

The Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge will get to the root of what we’ve been exploring over the last weeks on Canada Writes, leading up to the deadline for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize: the notion of making private stories public, and implicating real people in the true stories that writers choose to tell.

So what’s the challenge?
We want you to write a true story about a real person in your life — could be a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. — and use their name in the story. The kind of story you tell is up to you. Could be funny, poignant, lighthearted or downright devastating.
But that’s not all. We want to play a little with your boundaries and see how public you’re willing to go with your entry. So once you e-mail your entry to us, we invite you to use social media to share your story with your friends and the Canada Writes community.
Here’s what we’ll be asking you to do:

1. In 100 words or less, write a true story that involves someone in your life, and use that person’s name in your story. It could be a family member, a friend, a teacher, anyone — but the person must still be living.
2. Submit the story to us through our entry form (instructions to come when the challenge opens).
And then, if you’re game, we invite you to share the story online using Facebook. Here are some things you can do:

Mild: Post the story on the Canada Writes Facebook Wall. (And like us for tips, updates and other goodies.)
 

Medium: Post the story as a status update on your own Facebook wall, tagging the Canada Writes Facebook page in your post so we can see and track your entry. (See below for instructions on tagging.)

Spicy: Post the story via Facebook (either on our wall or on your own) and tag both the Canada Writes Facebook page and the person you’re namedropping, too. But be sure to get their permission first! Canada Writes does not assume any responsibility for the content you may tag, post or otherwise use for this activity.
An example of a spicy post:
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So, whose story will you be brave enough to tell? Get writing, Canada!

You can enter as many times as you like (but you must namedrop someone different each time.
The 24-hour Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge opens on Thursday, January 26 at 10 a.m. ET and closes at 10 a.m on Friday, January 27.

***CHECK BACK HERE FOR MY ENTRY TOMORROW AT 10 AM.
🙂
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You Have 13(!) Days….

To submit your story for the CBC Books Creative Nonfiction Prize!

See details here:  http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/nonfiction/

 

I will be submitting a story myself.  I submitted to CBC Books’ Short Story competition in the Fall and will hear back in February as to whether I have been accepted or rejected to pass through to the next level on that competition.  Should be exciting to get a response either way.  I am pretty enthusiastic about continuing with the writing competitions as they provide a bit of fun and a different writing experience from the longer term project that is my novel.

My baby girl is currently looking up at me from my lap and smiling.  Maybe she’ll bring me some good luck …Or maybe she just likes the sound of the clickity clack as I type…

Or maybe I have a future writer on my hands ???

🙂

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CBC True Winter Tales Contest!

FROM CBC –
Call for Submissions – True Winter Tales
Can you smell it in the air? Before long, winter will be here… As delighted – or dejected – as you may be by that statement, you must admit that Canadians feel passionately about the season. You either love it, or you hate it. And whether you were born in the snowy depths of a Manitoba blizzard, or immigrated to Toronto and saw your first snowfall only as an adult, everyone in this country has a personal story to share about winter.
And we want yours…

This November, Canada Writes is hosting a Winter Tales Writing Challenge (in association with the Canada Council for the Arts and The Massey Lectures). And we’ve got $1,000 to give away!

The Challenge
We are looking for you to send us your true winter stories. Did something special happen to you on that last day of school before Christmas break? Did you find yourself oddly missing the cold that one year you lived abroad? How about any peculiar events that transpired during the great Quebec ice storm of 1998?

The Details
We will be accepting your True Winter Tales between November 2nd and 20th. All submissions must be between 400 and 500 words, and sent electronically through our contact form. There is no fee to participate. And only one entry per person is permitted. Read the full rules and regulations.

The Judge
The Winter Tales Writing Challenge will be judged by author and essayist Adam Gopnik. As this year’s Massey Lecturer on the subject of winter, Adam’s already in the “winter zone” and ready to read your best cold-weather tales.

The Prize
The winner of our Winter Tales Writing Challenge will receive a $1,000 cash prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. The winning story will also be prominently featured on the Canada Writes site.

Questions?
Get in touch with us at canadawrites@cbc.ca

Article SOURCE:
http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/2011/11/call-for-submissions—true-winter-tales.html
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Canada Writes – My submission

Last night, I sent my submission to the CBC Books – Canada Writes – Short Story Competition!  I am excited as I’ve never actually submitted to a writing contest before – but I am not holding my breath either.  The results of the competition won’t be known for another 6 months or so. 

I found entering the contest to be fairly straightforward and I especially appreciated the fact that you could submit your short story online as well as pay the $25 fee online.  I was worried the various steps to send the submission would take alot of time, but my story was sent through within about 5 minutes.  Great!  I also found that their rules and regulations were pretty simple and overall, the process was much less painful than I anticipated.

On their site last night I noticed that they had posted about some individuals having difficulties receiving a “submission accepted” email from the contest organizers.  I haven’t received one yet either, but it was nice to see that they addressed the issue online so that contest participants wouldn’t be worried about whether their submission was actually accepted or not.  They also provided contact information for the more anxious writer who would want to ensure that their submission was received.

On a personal note, though I was happy with the process overall and will definitely submit to another CBC contest, I don’t feel that I allowed myself enough time to provide my best work.  I am now almost 9 months pregnant and though I had left a full weekend to this project, I found my energy levels at the time were not great and so I ended up completing my submission just prior to deadline.  Not a great strategy, but I am happy nonetheless that I sent in my story.  I anticipate this is just a taste of the balancing act to come as I attempt to finish and edit my novel while pregnant and with an infant to care for.

In related news, the Creative Nonfiction Prize opens on December 1st.  I am looking forward to it and already have a concept in mind 🙂

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Canada Writes! – Short story competition now open!

Competition opens: September 1, noon EST.
Deadline to submit: November 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET

This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, short story submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate.

The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.

The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.

The 4 runner-ups will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website. Submissions to the short story category must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

For more info:  http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/shortstory/

Any brave souls out there who are going to enter?  I am going to provide a short story for the competition…we’ll see what happens…

 

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Writing Competitions with cash prizes!

Hi all

For those that want to try their hand in the competitive writing arena, here is a website (Be a Better Writer with Pearl Luke) that lists many upcoming competitions with cash prizes (along with publication in some cases).  Be aware, however, that many writing competitions have entry fees PER entry.  The fee is generally around 20 dollars or so.  Still, for those who write on a regular basis and who have an interest in sharing their work – it’d be great to also win a prize!  Good luck to all!

Who doesn’t like prizes???

Many Thanks to Bellymonster who thought of me and my readers when she saw the link

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