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This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition.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

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

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 🙂

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…