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Hello, Writers,

I can't believe it is already the middle of December. Where does the time go? Everything just seems to be racing by these days. Hopefully, you've all had a chance to finish your holiday shopping and preparations for Christmas in ten days. I just finished mine thankfully and am ready for the festivities to start. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season and a great start to your new year. 

Here are some new events that have come in including news of a residency.

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Have a wonderful day, 

Katelyn Foote
WriteOn Editor

Member News:

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Contests & Awards:

Writers' Trust Prizes & Awards, which recognizes exceptional writers in ten categories, including emerging writers, LGBT writers, political writing, and more. For more information →  

The Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing: Deadline December 15. The Arthur Ellis Awards have eight categories, some with large cash prizes. For more information →  

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction: Deadline December 15For more information →  

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award: Deadline December 15.  For more information →  

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People: Deadline December 15. This is an annual award created in Geoffrey Bilson's honour in 1988.
For more information →  

John Spray Mystery Award: Deadline December 15 This award honours excellence in the mystery book genre, and carries a cash prize of $5'000
For more information →  

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award: Deadline December 15 For more information →  

Amy Mathers Teen Book Award: Deadline December 15 For more information →  

Okanagan Short Story Contest: Deadline December 29 For more information →  

Leacock Medal Award: Deadline December 31 This award is accompanied by a $15'000 prize. For more information →  

James Knudsen Prizes for Fiction & Poetry: Deadline January 1 For more information →  

Magazine Awards, Writing Awards: Deadline January 20. This award recognizes excellence by Canadian magazine writers. For more information →

The ReLit Awards: Deadline January 30. For more information →

The Orangutan Project, Creative Writing and Arts Competition, open to all participants aged nine years and older. Explore the universal connection with the natural world. Deadline January 31  For more information →  

The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to launch its 26th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, which invites Canadian writers to submit a piece of fiction or nonfiction of up to 2,500 words.  A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. Deadline February 15, 2019.   For more information →  

Calls for Submissions:

Call for Submissions--Work Matters the deadline is January 18. 

Prairie Fire is seeking fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and poetry on the topic of work.

For centuries, people have written stories, essays, poems and plays about work, which provide a social history of that time. Today, this topic is just as relevant as we attempt to find or create work in a world that is changing faster than we can think.

Please have in your subject line: Your full name, the name of the issue and what type of work you are submitting. Example: Jane Smith, Work Matters Poetry

Send us your creativity! For more information →  


Find inspiration to explore and expand your craft and career path in spoken word — The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity invites you to their spoken word residency April 1-13 2019. Highly recommended for writers who can’t sit still. This residency provides space to write and time to develop strong performance dynamics. Participants will benefit from mentoring, performance opportunities, studio recording time, access to special events, and engagement with a network of international artists. Deadline Jan 7, 2019.  For more information 

Are you our next Canadian Writer-in-Residence? 
The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program invites emerging writers to apply for our 2020-2021 paid ten-month residency. Applications are open until January 15, 2019. For more information.

Workshops & Retreats:

Got time to write over the holidays? Great, The League has a double feature contest for you. Two chances to have your poems published by The League (and win some prize money too): 
The Very Small Verse Contest. For small poems carrying big ideas, we present the League's very first Very Small Verse Contest. As the saying goes, poetry is everywhere and what easier way to fill our everyday moments with poetry than with short and accessible poems? Micropoems are poems that are spare in size but not in impact, whose ambitions and effects are bigger than the form. Deadline Jan 11th, 2019.  For more information →  

2019 National Broadsheet Competition. Submissions to the League’s 3rd annual National Broadsheet Contest are now open! What is a “broadsheet,” you may ask? By definition, a “broadsheet” is a large piece of paper printed with information on one side only. In the world of poetry, a broadsheet is a great format in which to share or showcase one stand-out poem – winning this contest will surely do both! Deadline Jan 28th, 2019. For more information →  

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is currently accepting applications for the Winter Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Retreat. This retreat is for established and practicing writers and artists from Saskatchewan, other parts of Canada and around the world. It will be held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan between Feb 1-22, 2019. Please note that this retreat is not a teaching situation, but a place where established and practicing writers and artists are expected to work independently. Deadline December 17th, 2018 For more information →  

Art Song Lab is a collaborative experience created for creative artists interested in creating new art songs. 12 writers and 12 composers will be partnered to create new songs from scratch, then come together in June 30-July 6th in Vancouver for a week-long celebration of worts meeting music in performance. Deadline Dec 30th, 2018. For more information →  

Mark this down in your calendar everyone: The 2019 Spring Writes Festival/AGM is coming to Nanaimo, May 2-5 2019, and it’s going to be loaded with exciting workshops and presentations.  Watch this space and for more details (and be sure to sign up for the events that interest you early in the spring to avoid being disappointed.).

One workshop presenter we can tell you about already is Toronto publishing lawyer Warren Sheffer. There are no publishing lawyers on the West Coast and we get a lot of member questions about publishing contracts, so we decided to bring Warren to our publishing event on May 4th. Now we’d like you to please participate by sending us your questions for Warren.  Send us an email to labelled Questions for Warren Sheffer. It will be helpful to him to know what is on people’s minds and what their needs are. Warren will be part of a publishing panel as well as giving an hour-long focused presentation with Q&A.
And that's all! Please let us know of any events you would like shared, and we'll do our best to keep WriteOn informative and interesting.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

WriteOn Editor
WordWorks, Fall 2018
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