Alberta Literary Competitions 2018

Submission deadline is December 31, 2017

Download full Alberta Literary Competitions 2018 Call HERE.

 

Alberta Literary Competitions 2018

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. Entries are judged by independent juries recruited by the WGA. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as an appropriate fit within a category. Prizes of $1,500 are awarded in the categories listed below.

Please refer to the WGA website (writersguild.ca) for a history of the awards and more information about the authors for whom our awards are named. The submission deadline is December 31, 2017. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in the spring of 2018.

 

Submission Guidelines & Rules:

• Authors of all entries in the Alberta Literary Awards must have been a resident of Alberta for a minimum of twelve of the eighteen months prior to December 31, 2017.

• All entries must have been published or produced anywhere in the world between January 1 and December 31, 2017 (except in the children’s literature category).

• Works not eligible for the awards are: unpublished manuscripts (except in the drama category), multi-author anthologies, works fewer than 48 pages in length (except in the drama and in the children’s literature categories), and reprints of previously published books.

• The WGA reserves the right to place a book in a category other than entered if deemed appropriate. The organization or individual entering the book will be notified of such changes.

• The WGA reserves the right not to present an award in any category if there are not a significant number of entries received.

• Pieces entered in previous years may not be re-submitted to the same category.

• All published book entries must be first editions and have an ISBN.

• Short story, essay, or poetry collections may contain work that has been previously published as long as the collection in book form is a first edition.

 

Categories:

Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

• Awarded for a novel or collection of short fiction by an Alberta author published in 2017.

 

R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (alternates yearly between picture books and chapter books)

• The children’s literature category alternates yearly between picture and chapter books. The 2018 award will be presented to the Alberta author of a children’s chapter book published in 2016 or 2017.

 

Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry

• Awarded for a collection of poetry by an Alberta author published in 2017.

 

Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction

• Awarded for a nonfiction book by an Alberta author published in 2017.

 

Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama

• Awarded to a play written by an Alberta author published or produced in 2017.

• Plays submitted to the drama category may be one-act or full-length.

• Plays included in anthologies may be entered, as long as a separate entry form is filled out, and a separate entry fee is paid, for each play that the publisher or author wishes to submit to the award.

• Unpublished plays must have received their premiere production with a minimum run of three consecutive performances between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Submissions must include proof of performance: ticket stubs, programs, etc.

• Unpublished manuscripts must be clean copy, typewritten or word-processed, in standard theatre-script format and securely bound at the left margin.

• An unpublished play may not be re-entered if it receives publication in a later year.

 

Submission Procedures:

• Submit entry form at writersguild.ca/awards-entry

• Entries must be submitted to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, no later than December 31, 2017. An exception will be made for books published in December only if the WGA is notified of the late submission, in writing, in advance of the deadline.

• Entries may be submitted by authors, publishers, or any interested parties.

• Submitted materials will not be returned.

• Submissions must include a completed online form and five copies of each book or play for each category entered.

• Submissions must be accompanied by a $30 fee per entry per category paid by credit card or cheque. Please make cheques payable to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

• French language entries will be accepted for competition into the 2019 Alberta Literary Awards.

• See our FAQ page at writersguild.ca/awards-faq

 

Send books, plays, cheques (if applicable) to: The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6


 

Short Pieces

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) also strives to recognize excellence in Alberta writing by awarding three prizes to authors of short pieces. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the WGA. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as an appropriate fit within a category. Prizes of $700 are awarded in the categories listed below.

Please refer to the WGA website (writersguild.ca) for a history of the awards and information on the authors for whom our awards are named. The submission deadline is December 31, 2017. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in the spring of 2018.

Submission Guidelines & Rules:

• Authors of all entries must have resided in Alberta for a minimum of twelve of the eighteen months prior to December 31, 2017.

• The WGA reserves the right to place a piece in a category other than that entered if deemed appropriate. The individual or organization entering the piece will be notified of such changes.

• Pieces entered in previous years may not be re-submitted to the same category.

• The WGA reserves the right not to present an award in any category if there are not a significant number of entries received.

 

Categories:

Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award

• Awarded to an outstanding unpublished essay by an Alberta author.

• The award is open to unpublished pieces only.

• Entries must be no longer than 3,000 words.

• The award employs a blind judging process. To facilitate this process, the author’s name and identifying information (acknowledgements, email address, reference to previously published works, etc.) must not appear anywhere in the manuscript.

• Submissions must be original, previously unpublished in print or online, including personal blogs, and remain unpublished until the end of April 2018.

 

Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story

• Awarded to an outstanding single short story by an Alberta author published in 2017.

• Entries must have been published in a print or electronic anthology, magazine, book, or literary journal anywhere in the world between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

• Unpublished short stories and reprints of short stories published before 2017 are not eligible.

• Entries must be no longer than 8,000 words

 

James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction

• Awarded to an outstanding literary short nonfiction piece by an Alberta author on any topic published in 2017.

• Entries must have been first published in a print or electronic newspaper, blog, magazine, anthology or journal anywhere in the world between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

• Unpublished pieces and reprints of pieces published before 2017 are not eligible.

• Entries must be no longer than 5,000 words.

 

Submission Procedures:

• Submit entry at writersguild.ca/awards-entry

• Entries must be submitted in PDF or Word format no later than December 31, 2017.

• Entries may be submitted by authors, publishers, or any interested parties.

• Online submission must be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, page numbers indicated). The title or title abbreviation and word count of the piece should appear on each page of the manuscript.

• Submissions must be completed online and be accompanied by a $20 fee per entry per category, payable by credit card or cheque. Please make cheques payable to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

• Ineligible submissions will not be returned.

• See our FAQ page at writersguild.ca/awards-faq

 

Send cheques (if applicable) to: The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6


 

The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize was established by the City Council in 1995 and is administered by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. The prize was renamed in 2011 after the late Robert Kroetsch, who was best known for his Governor General’s Award-winning novel, The Studhorse Man. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. The winning author will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The award is sponsored by Audreys Books and the Edmonton Arts Council. The submission deadline is December 31, 2017. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded in the spring of 2018.

 

Submission Guidelines & Rules:

• Eligible works must have been published or produced anywhere in the world between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

• Entries must deal with some aspect of the city of Edmonton— its history, geography, current affairs, arts, or its people—or be written by an Edmonton author.

• Works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama written for adults or children are eligible.

• The following types of works are not eligible: multi-author anthologies, books that are not in English or French, and unpublished pieces or manuscripts.

• If, in the opinion of the judges, no work in this competition merits an award, no award will be given. In all cases, the judges’ decision is final.

 

Submission Procedures:

• Submit entry form at writersguild.ca/awards-entry

• After you have submitted the electronic entry form, please mail or drop off books at the WGA office. Please note that our office will be closed between December 23, 2017 and January 2, 2018.

• Entries may be submitted by authors, publishers, or any interested parties.

• Ineligible materials will not be returned.

• Submissions must include a completed online entry form and five copies of the book entered as indicated on the entry form.

• Submissions must be accompanied by a $30 fee per entry, payable by cheque or credit card. Please make cheques payable to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

• See our FAQ page at writersguild.ca/awards-faq

 

Send books & cheques (if applicable) to: The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6


 

Call For Nominations For The Golden Pen Award

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Golden Pen Award is presented to acknowledge the lifetime achievements of outstanding Alberta writers. Past recipients are W. O. Mitchell, Grant MacEwan, Rudy Wiebe, Myrna Kostash, Robert Kroetsch, Merna Summers, Aritha van Herk, Fred Stenson, George Melnyk, Alice Major, Betty Jane Hegerat, Greg Hollingshead, and Candas Jane Dorsey. We cordially invite WGA members to submit nominations for the 2018 Golden Pen Award. Nominations for the 2018 award will be accepted until December 31, 2017.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees for the Golden Pen Award must:

• Be a writer living in Alberta or a writer living elsewhere who has spent a significant portion of their writing life in Alberta;

• Have produced a distinguished body of work over a longstanding career;

• Have made a major contribution to the Alberta writing landscape.

 

Nomination and Selection Process:

Nominations can come from WGA members and the WGA Board of Directors. To nominate someone for the Golden Pen Award, please submit a letter that includes the following:

• Name of nominee

• List of nominee’s notable publications

• Description of significant contributions the nominee has made to the Alberta writing landscape

• Name and contact information for nominator

 

Note: Letters should be between one and three pages long. The award will be granted only when warranted, and not necessarily on an annual basis. Nominations are reviewed by a three-person panel that includes a board representative, a WGA member, and a past recipient of the award.

Send nominations to: Natalie Cook at natalie.cook@writersguild.ca

Call for Literary Works

Deadline October 30, 2017

Northword’s Seeking Literary Entries for New Issue
Northword’s Literary Journal’s newest artist call for their next issue is out and the theme is “Whispers.” Deadline is approaching fast on October 30, 2017. Send original poetry/prose/art to northword@hushmail.com

ACWB is Centre Stage with Julie Rowe

Read this month’s Arts Council Wood Buffalo member feature in the May edition of snapd Wood Buffalo, on stands now!

Wood Buffalo is home to a small but well-published group of authors. One of these literary artists, ACWB member Julie Rowe, is publishing her thirteenth novel this month, Viable Threat. Julie has lived in Fort McMurray since 1976, graduating from Father Mercredi, and is now a contract instructor at Keyano College. Although she has a Medical Lab Technology diploma and worked as a lab tech before starting a family, Julie is a writer. “I’ve been writing since junior high, mostly poetry then. I wrote as a way to express my feelings and, after my kids came along, to give myself something engaging to do that wasn’t about parenting. I moved from poetry to short stories, then to personal essays and magazine articles, which sold to magazines like Today’s Parent and Canadian living.” Julie is not one to shy away from a challenge, which led her to her first book deal. “One day I read a particularly horrible romance novel and said to my friend, Mary, “This was so awful, I could write something better.” She dared me to do it, and I accepted the challenge,” Julie remembers. “It took me a year and a half to write that first 200 page book, and it was awful. I’d fallen in love with writing, however, and started another book, then another and another…I wrote for ten years, completing more than a dozen manuscripts, before I sold my first book…which came out in November of 2011.” Currently Julie is in the middle of a five book romantic thriller series contract, Outbreak Task Force. The first book, Viable Threat, is set to release on May 22, 2017.

After several years of experience, Julie is passionate about supporting other artists in achieving their goals. “A lot of people helped me during the years before I sold my first book, so I’d like to pay that forward where I can,” Julie says. She is currently mentoring some local young writers, she teaches an online workshop about discovering your writing voice, and she will be instructing bookfolding art at The Art Foundry. Aside from writing or practicing your art every day, Julie advises artists to submit your art/writing to opportunities so that your work gets out there; take as many classes and workshops as you can, as learning is key; and go to conferences/conventions so that you can meet fellow artists, industry professionals, and consumers – network! You can keep up with Julie on her website www.julieroweauthor.com, on Goodreads, and on Twitter and Facebook.

Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards nominations

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR NEW ARTS AWARDS PROGRAM TO HONOUR BEST IN WOOD BUFFALO

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is pleased to announce the launch of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards. This is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts and builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to the region. Artists, arts educators, arts administrators, students, and other creative individuals can be nominated in 12 categories spanning a variety of disciplines. Nominations will be accepted August 16 – September 16, 2016.

 

“The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards is an important opportunity to recognize the achievements of those organizations and individuals who champion the arts in our region,” says Constance Scarlett, ACWB Executive Director. “Often our artists are recognized outside of our community, and the Arts Council really wanted to provide an opportunity to showcase the best of our arts sector within Wood Buffalo.”

 

Starting August 16, nominations are open in the areas of Arts Administration, Arts Education, Creative Collaboration, Traditional Aboriginal Arts, Fine Craft, Media Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts. The program also includes a category for artistic youth, aptly called Rising Star. Artists can nominate themselves, or have someone nominate them.

 

The Arts Awards, aka “The Buffys”, will be handed out during a showcase event on October 22, 2016. The focus of this event is to celebrate the achievements of our local artists through high energy, poignant performances that highlight all that our vibrant arts community has to offer. The theme for this year’s awards showcase is “The Midnight Circus”, which promises to provide a breathtaking back drop for the evening’s entertainment. Scarlett says that “the Arts Showcase is an important piece of this program. It not only provides a paid opportunity for local artists, but it gives the wider community the opportunity to see some of region’s top artists right here in Fort McMurray.” Tickets will be available for the public to come enjoy a night of entertainment and support the arts. “The Board of Directors was determined to make the event accessible to as many residents of Wood Buffalo as possible, which is why tickets are being sold for only $25,” states Scarlett. “This vision of a high-caliber local arts event for the entire community is only possible because of the tremendous support of our sponsors” she says, a group that includes Suncor, Don Scott McMurray Law Office, McMurray Métis, Balsom Communications, and Birdsong Connections.

 

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards invests in the future of our growing arts community. The recognition received by each award winner will raise their profile, build their portfolio, and allow them to compete and thrive as an artists within our community and beyond the borders of Wood Buffalo. Nomination application guidelines and forms can be found at http://www.artscouncilwb.ca/programs/wood-buffalo-excellence-arts-awards/2016-arts-awards-nominees/.

Muscle & Heart – Fort McMurray Fire Stories

Everyone from Fort McMurray and area has a story to tell about the Fort McMurray Fire. It’s been wonderful to see friends to exchange stories with, but why not use our stories to help others? Your story may be sad, funny, about someone brave, or generous, the kindness of strangers and family, the silly thing(s) you packed, or humour from your evacuee experiences.
Submit your story for “Muscle & Heart- Fort McMurray Fire Stories”, to be included in a book. All proceeds to be donated to residents who lost their homes.
Please email to: Dee Bentley, (35 year resident and author/editor), who will compile the stories and make the book available on Amazon.
Submit stories up to 1,500 words, to: Dee Bentley at mrs.d.bentley@gmail.com Make sure to include the basics: who, what, where, when, and how.
Graphic Art or photo contribution is also needed for the cover and back of the book. Please send your idea.

CALL FOR AUTHOR SUBMISSIONS – Chicken Soup For the Soul Canada edition

The Spirit of Canada – Chicken Soup for the Soul

In 2017 Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Our Canadian writers and readers will be focused on what Canada, and being Canadian, means. Send us your stories about what it means to be a Canadian, whether you’re talking about hockey or camping, Celtic fiddle music and step dancing or singing “O Canada,” or any of the other things that make you so proud—and grateful—to be Canadian.


The deadline date for story and poem submissions has been extended to MAY 31, 2016. The book will be published in May or June 2017, in time for Canada Day 2017!

Please visit our Story Guidelines page, which will answer many of your questions about subject matter, length, and style.

Submit your story here.


As always we want dramatic, heartwarming or inspirational stories that touch the hearts of our readers and remind them of principles they can use in their own lives. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

• Have you had an experience that made you really proud to be a Canadian?
• Do you have a local hero—or a well known Canadian hero—who inspired you?
• Do you live in a community that has suffered a challenge—and experienced the kindness of neighbours or first responders who showed up to make a difference?
• Are you, or is one of your family members, in the Canadian military? Do you have a story you can share? And then there is Canada’s traditional role in the world as peacekeepers… <br• are=”” you=”” an=”” immigrant=”” or=”” the=”” child=”” of=”” immigrants=”” who=”” have=”” come=”” to=”” this=”” great=”” land?=”” <br=””>• Share stories from First Nations.
• Tell us your story involving Canadian music, languages and traditions.
• Share stories that illustrate Canadian ingenuity, diversity, tolerance, and spirit.
• Tell us your favourite holiday stories—Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving and other holidays, and how you do them in Canada.
• Write about sports and activities like camping or canoe tripping, hiking in the Rockies, water skiing and snow skiing, skating and, of course, hockey. And pond hockey. And heading to the cottage.
• Share your stories that have occurred in the Canadian far north. Did any of them involve wildlife? Talk about Canada’s geographic diversity and stories from small towns to big cities.
• Did you travel the world with a Canadian flag on your backpack?
• Do you obsess over the weather?
• Write about unique Canadian expressions.

“Love Your Voice” writing workshop with author Julie Rowe

Love Your Voice (updated & revised!)

Instructor: Julie Rowe

March 7 – April 1

Fee: $60

 

For more info or to register go to: http://bit.ly/1Kmj9GW

Every writer wants a fabulous voice. For most popular authors that achievement seems effortless. But for the rest of us, it’s often hard to tell what makes our voice special…and how to capitalize on our natural strengths.

 

Includes a critique of the first three chapters of your book (up to 50 pages)!

 

This workshop examines the seven key elements that make up an author’s unique voice:

  1. Emotion – How much? What kind? How do you show it?
  2. Core Story / Theme – The gut-level core idea that inspired your novel in the first place.
  3. Setting & Description – Where you set your story and how you chose to describe the environment is a critical element of Voice.
  4. Pacing – An art of its own and a crucial factor in any writer’s Voice.
  5. Conflict – What do the characters want and why can’t they have it.  Deep, difficult conflict brings your Voice to life.
  6. Characterization – Who you choose to write about and how you develop them is a pivot point of your Voice.
  7. Mechanics – It’s not just understanding the rules of writing, it’s how you chose to use and when you decide to break them.

 

Participants will see specific examples of how all these elements work in the distinctive voices of various authors. Writing exercises will follow the discussion of each ingredient.  These exercises will give participants the tools to refine, polish, and – depending on the kind of writing they want to pursue – possibly even change their Voice.

 

About the instructor: Julie Rowe

Full-time author, freelance writer, and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series.

Julie’s articles and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent magazine and Canadian Living. Julie facilitates business writing and communication workshops at Keyano College in her home city, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. She’s also a strong supporter of life-long learning and moderates a free announcement loop for the promotion of online classes, workshops and webinars.

You can find her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor.

 

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The Biological Response Team series, available now from Carina Press!

Women Band Together In Support of International Women’s Day

Carla White presents a party night that celebrates and connects women

Professional speaker and author, Carla White, will celebrate International Women’s Day by bringing together a group of local women for a fun night out that includes wine, relaxing and entertainment. In Carla’s words, “My mission is to inspire and empower others to live their best life by tapping into their strengths, believing in their extraordinary potential and letting go of limiting thoughts and feelings”. She brings out the event as Showing Up for Happiness 101 as a hint of what to expect for the evening.

On Tuesday March 8, wine and snacks will be served at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library from 6:00-8:30pm. In an inviting, social, atmosphere, women will arrive to mingle and connect for International Women’s Day. In her own words, Showing Up Radio Talk Show Host, White, says “I am energized when I hang out with positive, upbeat people who want to grow, learn, and have a ton of fun’. The event seeks to empower women in a way that recognizes their achievements while encouraging collective collaborations.

Wood Buffalo Regional Library, Arts Council Wood Buffalo and Girls Inc are proud sponsors of the celebration on International Women’s Day. Showing Up for Happiness 101 attendees will receive a signed copy of the Amazon Best Selling book, Success University for Women.

With the event led by a theme of success and happiness, this turnout by women for women will be a positive nod towards women encouraging each other, supporting each other, and inspiring each other. Tuesday, March 8, an evening that is created to awaken and re-energize women – it will be a networking event for women while sharing laughs and insights with Carla White.

Carla wears many hats that range from speaker, author, radio talk show host and entertainer. She helps people transform and re-energize their lives. In her seminars, live events, and retreats, she guides individuals to explore their thoughts, beliefs, and their potential. Her breakthrough programs help many individuals and groups get clear with their vision as they overcome any roadblocks to success and happiness.

Attendees are able to purchase advanced tickets only at www.eventbrite.ca. To know more about Carla White, check out her website at www.Carla-White.ca.

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FREE poetry workshops

Words in Motion Poetry Workshops

January 14 – Adults; Program Room                              7-8:30 pm

January 23 – Youth/Young Adults; Study Room A     1-2:30 pm

Wood Buffalo Regional Library

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is partnering with Arts Council Wood Buffalo and the Wood Buffalo Regional Library to host 2 poetry writing workshops. If you are interested in submitting a piece, these workshops are great opportunities to learn some useful tips and tricks for exploring your creative writing side. Dr. Ryan J. Cox, English Instructor at Keyano College, will facilitate the Adult workshop on January 14 from 7:00-8:30 P.M., in the Program Room at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Pattie Dwyer, Learning Through the Arts Instructor, will facilitate the Youth/Young Adults workshop on January 23 from 1:00-2:30 P.M., in Study Room A at the Library.

To register and to find more information, please visit rmwb.ca/wordsinmotion.

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UNBLOCKING YOUR CREATIVITY An Artist’s Wellness Retreat with PATTIE DWYER

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2 DAY WORKSHOP

November 21-22, 2015

10 am to 5 pm

Designed for performance artists looking to cultivate a deeper relationship with themselves, enhance their craft, and connect with their peers in the artistic community.

Artists will learn wellness tools, including breath and focus exercises, which they can confidently use in their own artistic practice.

Limited space, register at artistwellnessretreat.eventbrite.ca.

$120 non-members

$100 ACWB members