Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Burnaby Writers' Society Newsletter

Posted with permission from Burnaby Writers' Society

Debra Purdy Kong launches her second Casey Holland mystery, Deadly Accusations, on Sat., Mar. 31st from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Port Moody Library, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody in the Parklane Room. Due to limited seating, attendees are asked to phone 604-469-4575 to reserve a seat. Refreshments will be served, so come take a ride with Casey you won't soon forget!

Courses, Sources & Resources

Free download from Novelist’s INC:     Guide to the New  World of Publishing:  The Future of   Publishing  http://www.ninc.com/conferences/2011/ninc_binder_2011.asp

GETTING PUBLISHED IN REVOLUTIONARY TIMES! Join author and freelancer, Julie H. Ferguson, for a Q&A session that will guide you towards the best option for your works-in-progress, whether magazine articles or books, and give you ideas for increasing your sales. Ask her about: • What it’s like to be a mid-list author in a chilly climate • Today’s commercial and self-publishing • Print and/or electronic versions  • Writing knock-out query letters for books and articles • Building your platform pre-publication • Smashwords and Kindle Direct Publishing • Digital rights management
• Essential promotion and publicity for you and your work, including social media. Julie will give honest, up-to-date answers with a dose of encouragement as you set out on your publishing journey.
Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00pm The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge District Municipality, BC V2X 6G1

WEST COAST SCREENWRITING WEEKEND BLITZ WORKSHOP : Hosted by: Canadian Media Production Association.  West Coast Screenwriting principals, Keith Digby (Young Alexander, Time Exposures) and Brian Paisley (Lies Like Truth, The Great Night of Shiva) will hold a ‘Weekend Blitz’ personalized workshop in Vancouver for aspiring screenwriters and adaptors. In five sessions of high-octane teaching, Brian and Keith will take participants through hands-on sessions in screenwriting structure, character development, creating visual action scenes, and building sequences that grip the audience.  For new and emerging screenwriters, bring your idea/concept, outline or unfinished screenplay. Novel and short-story writers, who might be thinking of adapting one of their works, bring a one-page outline and watch its progress toward the big screen.  Location: Canadian Media Production Association – 736 Granville  Dates:               Mar 23rd (evening) to 25th (late afternoon) Cost: $275 (Participants) $150 (Gallery)  For details on ‘Participant’ and ‘Gallery’ status, and to see full curriculum details please go to www.westcoastscreenwriting.com  or Contact Us directly by e-mail digby_keith@hotmail.com  or  by phone to Keith at  (250) 743–2439. 

PrimaScriptor is a new Fraser Valley based on-line literary magazine and forum.  We are now accepting manuscripts for our first issue which is slated for publication in June 2012.  Prima Scriptor not only provides the opportunity for new and emerging writers to publish, we also host a forum for writers' critique, hints, events, workshops and literary news.  For Writers Guide-lines please visit our site www.primascriptor.com   We will be producing a monthly newsletter with articles pertaining to writing, and a calendar of local literary events.  We will be pleased to include your events.  Please send them to admin@primascriptor.com
WOLFSINGER: Guidelines for our 2012 Anthology - Time Traveling Coffers -- Deadline  May 31st  2012.  Rules for the anthology – an object must be found in some sort of container and result, directly or indirectly, in a time traveling adventure. What kind of object, what it’s found in, when the story starts and to when/where it travels, is completely up to the writer. Feel free to use historical settings or events, space ships, other planets, fantasy realms or mythology. Characters can be human or not. Method of time travel can be a machine, putting on the object, via the astral plain, or something new and different. Don’t follow tried and true plot lines, ideas or formulas. The more ‘out of the box’ the story, the more likely it is to be accepted. Would prefer original stories. Query for reprints.   In the Subject line please put :  Submission : Time Traveling Coffers : Title of your story : your name. Attach as rft document.  Send to: Submissions@wolfsingerpubs.com  Payment will be $5.00 initial, plus an equal share of 50% of royalties. Deadline will be 31 May 2012 – we are hoping to release around mid October 2012. Will accept Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Steam punk, Alternate History, Christian Speculative Fiction, Space Opera, Romance, yes, the editor will consider a Romance, and any other genre as long as it meets the guidelines including experimental. No Fanfiction, shared universes or continuing serials.  Length 1000-6000 words. Will consider flash fiction if it’s well written. Times Roman  12. Standard manuscript submission form must be used. Any submitted incorrectly will be rejected.  PG 13 rating only!  VERY IMPORTANT: Expect to be asked to do rewrites and have your story critiqued. For detailed submission guidelines on this and other wolfsinger anthologies see  http://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/OpenCalls.html
VALLUM 9:2 : UPCOMING THEME: INVISIBLE ‘CITYSCAPE’ (HIDDEN URBAN LANDSCAPES) Deadline: April 30, 2012  website: http://www.vallummag.com/  The ‘Cityscape’ has fascinated people since the flâneurs of Paris and beyond. But what is unseen, underground or hidden eludes us. What are some of these hidden aspects of the ‘cityscape,’ the hidden urban landscape?
For submission guidelines go to: http://www.vallummag.com/submission.html

ALGONQUIN BOOKS, 225 Varick St., New York NY 10014 USA  Algonquin will begin publishing literary YA and middle-grade books in late 2012. Please send a 15 to 20 page sample of your work, a cover letter and a SASE to the attention of Elise Howard at the above address. Algonquin will contact you if they’d like to read the full manuscript. For more info see

SECOND STORY PRESS, 20 Maud Street, Ste 401, Toronto ON M5V 2M5  http://secondstorypress.ca/submissions   Second Story accepts unsolicited mss. Dealing with aspects of the lives of girls and women. As a feminist press, their emphasis is on publishing Canadian authors. To submit, send a printed version of your submission: either an outline and sample chapters, or a complete manuscript. Include a bio, including previous publishing credits, and a SASE. Allow 6 to nine months for review.

OOLICHAN BOOKS PO Box 2278, Fernie BC V0B 1M0  www.oolichan.com/sybmissions-guidelines  Publishes children’s and YA books. All queries and submissions by regular mail. If submitting a picture book, send complete ms (max 1200 to 1500 words) For other genres send first 3 chapters. Include SASE and cover letter, indicating any credentials that especially qualify you to write your book, as well as a list of previous publications, reviews and awards. Note: No fantasy, SF, romance, thriller, mass market fiction or rhyming verse.

SHARED WORLD OPPORTUNITY: From Lucas Johnson, Silverstring Media: “For the past year I’ve been working on an experimental writing project called Azrael’s Stop, and producing it online. The setting of the story is a mystical tavern in a pre-Victorian fantasy world, where people come to die.  You can check it out at http://azraelsstop.com/  Furthermore, I’ve just launched a new initiative as part of the project called Tales of the Stop, a collection of short stories set in Azrael’s Stop, by a variety of authors. If you like what you see at the site, I’d love for you to submit something to Tales. Guidelines are at http://azraelsstop.com/submissions/  The goal is to release the content of Azrael’s Stop as a couple of ebooks, including an anthology of the tales, and I’ll be developing a profit-share model with the authors whose work appears in the anthology.”

Contests & Awards
All Things Doom: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Apocalypse:  Open to Canadian writers only.  Submissions accepted to March 31st, 2012 via e-mail only. On Spec has a special story contest for the Apocalypse!  We are looking for a variety of engaging  "end of the world" theme stories (3,000 to 6,000 words please).  The best story will receive $300 and be the lead story in our Fall 2012 issue (said issue to be published, come hell or high water!). Submissions for the contest must have "Apocalypse:" in the email title plus the story title (e.g. "Apocalypse: Story Name"). Please follow the submission guidelines: http://www.onspec.ca/submissions/email    Email: onspecmag@gmail.com    Also, we will be reading all the entries with an eye to buying the good ones at our usual rates, for inclusion in future issues. Our regular submissions window will open up March 1st this year, and we will accept new submissions for 6 weeks after that.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 16th Annual Writing for Children Competition. Deadline: April 24, 2012 . The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until April 24, 2012 for the 16th annual Writing for Children Competition. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 1,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author. PRIZE $1,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children’s publishers. JURY Writers Don Calame, Hazel Hutchins, and Rene Schmidt will serve as the jury. ELIGIBILITY  This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have not been published in book format in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.
* *         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled. Do not send entries that only have a few sentences per page.
* *         Illustrations are not accepted.
* *         Submissions will be accepted by hardcopy only.
* *         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
* *         Please type the name of the entrant and the title of the entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
* *         Make your cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $15 per submission.
* *         Entries must be postmarked by April 24, 2012 to be eligible.
* *         Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto,ON M5C 1P1. Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in July 2012. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Call for Submissions: Arc Poetry Magazine’s Fall 2012 Themed Children’s Issue: KIDSPO
Canada’s poetry magazine is looking for * poems for kids & youth * really good illustrations * kids to review poems (lend us your kids!) * your favourite poem as a kid * your published book of kids’ poems
* really good cookies * articles & criticism on kids’ poetry Submit your work online; pitches and queries to editor@arcpoetry.ca (indicate children’s poetry issue)  No deadline given.

Mother Tongue Publishing announces the 2nd Search for the Great BC Novel Contest. Due to the great success of the 1st Search for the Great BC Novel Contest, Mother Tongue Publishing, of Salt Spring Island, is pleased to announce the 2nd Search For the Great BC Novel Contest! Gurjinder Basran, of Delta B.C., won the 1st contest for her exceptional debut novel Everything Was Good-bye, and it went on to win the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for 2011. EWG was also Reader’s Choice for the ScotiaGiller Prize for 3 weeks in August. Mother Tongue Publishing has now sold Canadian rights to Penguin Canada and Everything Was Good-bye will be re-launched next month as a beautiful Penguin paperback and e-book!. There were sixty-four submissions. The judges for the 2nd contest are prize-winning BC novelists Caroline Adderson, Gurjinder Basran, and David Chariandy. The contest is open to all writers living in British Columbia and the deadline for submissions is November. 1st, 2012. Complete Guidelines are at www.mothertonguepublishing.com  

 The CANADIAN STORIES literary folk magazine is pleased to offer the 4th Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, Black & White Art and a Self-Published Book Prize. DEADLINE: May 1, 2012. Notification approximately June 15, 2012.  COST: Each entry must include a $20 cheque made out to CANADIAN STORIES.  Prize of $325 in each of these categories: Creative Non-fiction, True Stories, Lest We Forget, Fiction, Poetry, Black & White line art; prize of $500 for a self-published book, and $100  for the “Wild card” category. All entries must follow the author’s guidelines: For full details go http://www.canadianstories.net/
World Poetry Call for Peace Poems for our International Peace Festival in May!  Poets from Eight Countries plan on attending.   Poem guidelines: Poems need to be dedicated to peace or for peace. One page only, two pages in another language; Deadline:  April 15th, 2012. Poems need to have copyright © and include the name of poet and country. All selected poems will be put on display at the Richmond Cultural Centre during the International Peace festival at the Richmond Cultural Centre,100, 7000 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC, Canada. Classes and schools are welcome to participate. Selected poems will be read on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO, and 102.7 FM in Vancouver British Columbia. If possible they will be included in an e-book. Send poems to ariadnes@uniserve.com  A selected gift poem will be presented to each person attending. Selection of gift poem will be by World Poetry and The City of Richmond. If you want to enter your poem as a gift poem, please mark it as a possible gift poem. You will be notified if your poem is selected for display and or a gift poem.
DARYL STENNETT : After 40 years or so of studying: economics, business administration, data processing, public speaking, conflict resolution, arbitration, interpersonal relationships, and technical communications; Daryl confesses to being a solution looking for a place to happen. While awaiting discovery, he writes and consults and renovates houses with his wife, Leagh Tomlyn. In Behind the Steam  Daryl has wormed, winnowed, sifted, and analyzed private and public records and memories to tell how the improbable Gastown Steam Clock came to be . Behind the Steam is Daryl’s first commercial book and the first of a planned series of “Behind the Scenes” stories of British Columbia curiosities he plans to write before he hangs up his pencil.

DEBRA PURDY KONG has a diploma in criminology and has worked in security as a patrol and communications officer. She is the author of Alex Bellamy mysteries: Taxed to Death (1995) and Fatal Encrnew yption (2008). The Opposite of Dark, (available from TouchWood Editions March 2011) is the first in a series featuring transit security officer, Casey Holland. The second in the Casey Holland series, Deadly Accusations, will be launched in March. Debra has also published over one hundred short stories, essays, and articles in publications that include Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, Dandelion, NeWest Review, The Vancouver Sun, and several anthologies.

Burnaby Writers’ Society

WRITING CONTEST 2012  Deadline May 31, 2012


. Open to all residents of British Columbia, except members of the BWS screening committee. Work must be previously unpublished, and not accepted for publication.

1.      How to Enter

. Send us a complete one page work of poetry or prose (fiction, non-fiction or unclassifiable), on the theme of EARTH. The theme can be interpreted in any way you like – planet earth; mother earth; down to earth; unearth (or unearthly) ; earthquake;  the far corners or the ends of the earth; or any other association that may occur to you.  Work can be in any form or genre, as long as it will fit on one side of a standard 8 1/2" x 11” sheet of paper with standard margins. Entries may be single or double-spaced, word-processed or typewritten.  For the sake of the judges’ eyesight, please use an easy to read font no smaller than 12 point. Clear photocopies are acceptable.

. Write your name, address, phone number and/or e-mail address on the reverse side of each entry.  (Please don't put your name on the story itself. Entries will be photocopied, without identification, before they are submitted to the judges.)

. Include a fee of $5.00 for each submitted entry; or $10 for three entries.   Please do not send cash.  Cheques or money orders should be made payable to the Burnaby Writers' Society.  (If you are sending several entries, include one cheque or m.o. to cover the total fee.) You may submit any number of entries, as long as each is accompanied by the requisite fee.

2.      Judging and Prizes

. Cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 Canadian will be awarded to the top three entries. Only one cash prize will be awarded per contestant.  At the discretion of the judges, honourable mentions may also be awarded. These will receive a one-year subscription to the Burnaby Writers' Society's market and resource newsletter. The judges’ decisions will be final. If the judges feel no award is warranted, none will be given.

. Winners will be notified by September 15, 2012, and will be invited to read their winning entries at a public reading and awards night. (Entries by winners unable to attend in person will, with the author's permission, be read by a BWS member.)
NO ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED. For a list of winning entries, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope; or check the BWS website, www.bws.bc.ca  , after September 15, 20112.

. Because of the large number of submissions, the BWS cannot correspond with contestants or supply individual comments on entries. The BWS is not responsible for entries lost or damaged in the mail.  All rights remain with the authors.

. Mail your entry, postmarked no later than May 31, 2012, to BWS CONTEST COMMITTEE, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby BC Canada V5G 3T7.
6584 Deer Lake Avenue   Burnaby B.C. V5G 3T7
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