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Inkspot: January 2024


Hello, Members and Friends.

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to hole up with your writing projects and let your imagination warm up the wintry weather. There’s plenty of writing-related activities to keep us busy until Spring:

The 2024 New Brunswick Writing Competition is now open. Remember that the competition is open to New Brunswick residents only--unless you are a WFNB member. WFNB members can participate from anywhere.

·         Review the submission category guidelines 

·         Prepare your submission - word counts are strict!

·         Wait for the competition to open on January 1

·         Go to https://wfnb.ca/Writing-Competition,

·         Select your category on the writing competition page

·         Click the "Add to Cart" button (they won’t work until January 1)

·         Complete the checkout process

·         Send your blind submission and your cover letter with details to info@wfnb.ca

Our fine lineup of judges looks forward to reading your submissions! Deadline is March 31.

Our next monthly workshop meeting happens tomorrow on Saturday, January 13, with the very funny and talented Marshall Button. He will be leading an in-person two-hour session on writing comedy, but it will also be available online. Check out the event page for more information if you’d like to register (at the very last-minute!) And on Thursday, February 8, Vanessa Hawkins will present an online two-hour workshop called Ink and Intimacy –you know we all wanna know how to write effective sex scenes. You can register for that now, as well.

On March 16, Beth Powning will present a three-hour workshop, touching on both memoir and historical fiction from her home in Markhamville. (Space at this hybrid event will be limited.) Look for that event page before the end of January.

The event page for the winter retreat at Villa Madonna is open and ready for registrations. That’s February 23-25. We need a minimum of 15 people to hold this event, but registrations have begun to flow in. Our winter writing mentor will be Terry Armstrong.

We’re still working on venues and other details for WordSpring in Moncton this year, but we can tell you that the dates are May 31 - June 2. The New Brunswick Writing Competition Literary Soiree will take place May 31 at the Empress Theatre (above The Capitol), and the 2023 NB Book Awards will be held June 1, at the Moncton Press Club. Mark your calendars! The event page for this big weekend should be ready by late March or early April.

That’s it for now. Stay warm, writers.

Rhonda and Kris


Welcome, New Members

John Ball writes from Fredericton and is interested in the genres of fiction, poetry, and short stories. Welcome, John!

Madi Banks is a student in Fredericton, and writes in the genres of childrens, young adult, flash/micro fiction, freelance writing, graphic novel, spoken word, middle grade, short stories. Welcome, Madi!

Andrew Butters (https://potatochipmath.com) is an essayist, novelist and memoirist from Dieppe, NB who writes in a wide variety of genres: Creative nonfiction, Essays, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Young Adult, Thrillers, and Short stories. Welcome, Andrew!

Steve Chrysostom writes in the genres of Biography, Corporate writing, Editing, Memoir, Playwriting, and Short stories from his home in Alma. Welcome, Steve!

Jennifer Houle is a New Brunswick Book Award winning poet (Virga, 2019, Signature Editions) who lives near Fredericton and writes in the following genres: Children, Editing, Essays, Nonfiction, Photography, Poetry, Website copy. Welcome, Jennifer!

John Neeleman (pen name Eric Delong) is a debut writer of Sci-Fi short stories and Novels and also writes an eclectic mix of Children's stories, Bio, Horror, Satire, mystery, humor (and even a cookbook.) Welcome, John!

Shane Neilson (https://difficulttogetthenewsfrompoems.ca/) Born and raised in New Brunswick, Shane is a poet and a physician now living in Ontario, and focuses on the genres of poetry, memoir and short stories. Welcome aboard, Shane!

Kate O’Rourke focuses on Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Mystery, and Thrillers. Welcome, Kate!

Aaron Pope is a writer from Saint John who enjoys a wide variety of writing disciplines: Creative non-fiction, Editing, Essays, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Journalism, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Flash/Micro fiction, Freelance writing, and Short stories. Welcome, Aaron!

Cynthia Ramsay joins us from Geary and writes Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Young Adult, Flash/Micro fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery, Thrillers, and Short stories. Welcome aboard, Cynthia!

Stephen Roney (pen name Stephen Kent Roney,
https://gheel.substack.com/)  is an award-winning poet, college professor and past president of the Editors’ Association of Canada, whose poetry has appeared in many anthologies, websites and periodicals. His writing interests vary widely: Blogging, Comedy, Corporate writing, Editing, Essays, Fiction, Journalism, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Spiritual, Technical, Young Adult, Copywriting, Website copy, Freelance writing, Spoken Word, Middle Grade. Welcome, Stephen!

Katie Swift also comes to us from Ontario and writes in the genres of Creative nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry. Welcome, Katie!

Member News

Jaroslaw (“Jerry”) Iwanus is proud to announce his new website, The Prairie Maritimer (https://theprairiemaritimer.com). Created as a public portfolio, it is a repository of opinion, observations, and poetry from an edge of Canada, namely Pointe-Sapin, NB. Originally from Winnipeg, MB and after 40 years in Alberta, Jerry is a freelancer who has done technical and expository writing for years and has recently added to his repertoire with poetry, essays, and reviews.


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Hannah State would like to announce the release of her book, Journey to the Dark Galaxy, a sci-fi thriller, which is the sequel to the award-winning book, Journey to the Hopewell Star. Find more details here 










Have you published or self-published a book? Won an award? Are you hosting a book signing or launch event? Share it here!

COMPETITIONS

The CBC nonfiction prizeis now open between Jan. 1 and March 1. You can submit original, unpublished nonfiction that is up to 2,000 words. There is no minimum word requirement. Nonfiction includes memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing and feature articles.

CBC offers 3 prizes for original, unpublished work: the CBC Short Story Prize, the CBC Nonfiction Prize and the CBC Poetry Prize. The winner of each receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre and the five finalists have their work published on CBC Books. The CBC Literary Prizes poster is here to download.

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The Writers' Union of Canada invites submissions to its 31st annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner. The Union is proud to announce an esteemed group of jurors for this year's Competition: Francine Cunningham, Frances Itani, C.M., and Ian Roy.  Emerging writers, get writing! The deadline for submissions is February 19, 2024. Learn more: http://ow.ly/cMHR50LSVR7

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"THE DAVE" IS BACK!

Dave Williamson National Short Story Competition

The Manitoba Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce the Dave Williamson National Short Story Competition has returned for its second year - with cash prizes worth $2000, complimentary membership for winners, and guaranteed publication for winners and honorary mentions.

Check out our poster, follow the link to the complete guidelines posted on our https://mbwriters.ca/programs/short-story-competition/, and begin to capture those thoughts tantalizing your mind and shape them into a story. If you have any questions, please contact us at MWGcontesto@gmail.com (the 'o' in contesto is the letter 'o' not the number zero).

Our Inaugural Dave Williamson Short Story Competition was listed as one of Reedsy's best writing contests of 2023.

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Attention emerging poets from Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities. Icehouse Poetry has announced their inaugural Claire Harris Poetry Prize!

The prize will be awarded to a full-length debut poetry collection and will include $1000 of prize money, a contract for the publication of the collection under the icehouse poetry imprint in the following year (2025), and public readings in at least three Canadian cities.

Submissions will be accepted between January 2 and March 31, 2024.

https://gooselane.com/.../claire-harris-poetry-prize...

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Call for Entries: 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Calling all indie book authors and publishers - including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2022, 2023 or 2024 or with a 2022, 2023 or 2024 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards offers more than 80 awards – more than 80 monetary prizes totaling over $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

"Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and non-fiction, but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry," notes Marilyn Allen. "Finally, an awards program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. I have been a part of representing over 100 authors, and always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 80 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve."

Entry deadline for the 2024 awards program – February 14, 2024. https://www.indiebookawards.com/

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Announcing the Seventh Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

For the seventh annual prize, Pottersfield Press is again looking for submissions from writers who can provide a manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words in any of the following categories: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or virtually any existing or new category that uses the nonfiction medium to tell a story or put forward an idea. The First Prize winner will receive a contract for the publication of the winning book along with a $1000 advance on 10% royalty for all sales. The Second Prize winner will also see the publication of the book and a $800 advance on 10% royalties. Deadline is April 30, 2024 but early submissions are encouraged. Submit your manuscript electronically as a double-spaced basic Word document to: pottersfieldcreative@gmail.comand include on the title page your name, address and email address. Entry fee is $25 (includes HST) and can be paid by Interac Transfer (also to pottersfieldcreative@gmail.com), Paypal or by cheque made out to Pottersfield Press mailed to 248 Leslie Road, East Lawrencetown, NS B2Z 1T4 Canada after the manuscript has been submitted by email. www.pottersfieldpress.comWinners will be announced on June 30, 2024.

The winners of the Sixth Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction are Martin Bauman in first place for Hell of a Ride and Chris Harvey-Clark in second place for In Search of The Great Canadian Shark. Bauman’s top winning entry is a coming-of-age tale of a 7,000-kilometre solo bicycle voyage across Canada. The second-place winner is a first-hand account of diving research adventures with sharks and other exotic undersea creatures in Canadian waters. Both books will be published by Pottersfield Press in 2024.

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An exciting new prize will launch at the end of November.

From November 30 submissions to The Paul Cave Prize for Children's Literature will open to writers and poets from around the world.

"Writing an engaging children's story that grips the reader is difficult," says one of the judges, Tim Saunders.

"It's a great opportunity for budding writers especially when getting noticed by a publisher is one of life's great challenges."

Entries close February 28, 2024.

There are three categories:

Best short story - 5,000 words or under

Best flash fiction - 300 words or under

Best poem - 30 lines or under

Winners will receive a cash prize and a copy of the book. More information here: https://tsaunderspubs.weebly.com/the-paul-cave-prize-for-childrens-literature.html 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Announcing Lost in the Fog

Partridge Island Publishing’s 2024 anthology


Deadline is January 31, 2024

up to 2 entries per person.

Maximum word length 3,000 words.

We accept poetry and prose.

Must contain the [flexible] theme 'lost'.

Email questions or submissions to amanda@partridgeislandpublishing.ca


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Canadian writers and poets, The Fiddlehead's submissions are currently open to you!

Send us your best poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by March 31. https://thefiddlehead.ca/submit

#submissionsopen #submit #callforsubmissions #canlit #poetry #fiction #nonfiction


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Poetry submission alert!

Palimpsest Press submissions will be open from February 1 - March 31, 2024. They are currently looking for literary fiction by BIPOC, DEAF, and DISABLED authors. Poetry collections should be between 70 and 100 pages. Nonfiction and fiction have no page requirement. They are not accepting short fiction. They do not publish historical fiction. Although you do not need to be published in book form, you must have been published substantially in literary journals. If you are sending poetry or non-fiction, please query jim(at)palimpsestpress.ca with a sample first. If you are sending fiction, please query aimee(at)palimpsestpress.ca with a brief description of the work and short sample (No more than 4 pages). Include a cover letter and a list of publications for all genres. More info at the link above.

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GEIST has extended their deadline for nonfiction and comics to January 15, (which is Monday – got something in your back pocket?) -- open for short non-fiction (800-1500 words), longer non-fiction (up to 5000 words), and comics submissions. Please read Submission Guidelines before submitting: geist.com/writers/submit

GRANT APPLICATIONS

Call for Submissions: Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grants. Deadline: February 15, 2024

Access Copyright Foundation has begun to accept applications for its next round of funding for Marian Hebb Research Grants.

The Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grants program supports—both virtually and in-person—inquiry, information gathering and exploration by individuals and organizations relevant to Canadian publishing, writing and visual arts, and toward the realization of a publishable work in progress.

 If this sounds like work you are currently undertaking, we heartily encourage you to consider applying for a Marian Hebb Research Grant.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

To apply for a grant, please visit the SK Arts Portal. The Foundation’s grants program is administered by SK Arts.

Learn more about the Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grants program by visiting the Foundation's website or download its Application Guidelines (please refer to pages 14-19).

Important eligibility information about Access Copyright Foundation’s granting programs

Access Copyright Foundation wants to make sure its granting programs provide the widest and most equitable opportunity to those communities that the Foundation serves. That’s why the following eligibility restrictions are in place for grant recipients.

  • ·         Applicants may be awarded a maximum of two Foundation grants within a 24-month period;
  • ·         Successful grant applicants must wait two years before applying for another grant in the same category. For example, an individual or organization that was awarded a Marian Hebb Research Grant for 2023 will be able to apply again in 2025.

NEWSY BITS

When ArtsLink NB's CATAPULT Arts Accelerator program opens for submission in 2024, consider applying to the program as a mentee. Catapult gives New Brunswick artists the tools to be prolific & build sustainable careers, but writers rarely take part in this business development program. You’ll get business skills training, career development, workshops, and mentorship – packed into one eight week program, designed to help you to be purposeful and organized about the business side of your artistic practice. Participants are matched with a mentor in their field for a one-year mentorship, complete with funding for mentorship pairs to visit each other, attend workshops together, or travel together.

New Brunswick-based artists or groups/collectives working in any discipline are welcome to apply. Program participants must be members of ArtsLink NB (if not already a member, enrol online at www.artslinknb.com). Tuition for Catapult participants is generously subsidized by the Province of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada.

Email catapult@artslinknb.com for more information about next year's program.

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The Royal Society of Literature is inviting public recommendations of writers from you, their writer peers and readers. They are seeking recommendations of writers of diverse literary forms, including writers of drama, fiction, graphic fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and screenplays. These will be writers not resident in, or citizens of, the UK, who have published or had produced two works of outstanding literary merit (where works are translated into English, or originally written in English). Guided by your recommendations, our panel will make a recommendation of writers to be appointed RSL International Writers.

Please consult the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions prior to completing your recommendation. Recommendations will only be accepted via the form below and must be submitted by 3 May 2024. 

Your recommendations will be read by a panel of Fellows including Kit Fan (Chair), Moniza Alvi, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Chloe Aridjis, Homi K. Bhabha, Margaret Busby, Maureen Freely, Deirdre Osborne and Nathalie Teitler.

Submit your recommendation here!


EVENTS

Sussex

The AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex Reading Series offers regular readings and literary events. Visit the AX Literary page for more information.

Greater Moncton

Do you like the words ? Do you like fashion? Here is your chance to participate in a double writing/sewing workshop that will give you the chance to learn, on the first day, to shape words into poems with the poet Paul Bossé and then discover, the next day, how to arrange your poems on costumes with the seamstress Guylaine Joly. All participants will have the chance to showcase their creations at the Frye Festival Poetic Fashion Show next April.

Registration is coming up.

Saint John

Check back next month for more literary events in Saint John!

Fredericton

Check back next month for more literary events in Fredericton!

Online

Live Canon - For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. Visit the website, check out their Lunchtime Reading Series.


WORKSHOPS, COURSES, RETREATS

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Banff Centre is excited to announce their new Literary Arts residency programs for 2024/2025. Full program details and application information are available online

Literary Arts Thematic: Form and Constraint – Spring 2024

This program will consider how authors of fiction and poetry use form and constrained forms to create opportunities for new and unfettered expression. 

Program dates: April 22 – May 3, 2024 | Application deadline: January 10, 2024

Literary Journalism: Memoir – Summer 2024

This residency gives memoir writers time to work on their manuscripts, have individual consultations with faculty, and participate in workshops. 

Program dates: June 10 – 21, 2024 | Application deadline: February 7, 2024

Summer Writers Residency - 2024

This is a self-directed program offering time and space for writers to reconnect and re-energize their practice. 

Program dates: July 29 – August 9, 2024 | Application deadline: March 6, 2024

Early Career Writers of Fiction Residency – Fall 2024

During Early Career Writers of Fiction Residency, new writers of fiction – from not-yet-published writers to those with one published book – will expand upon their practice. 

Program dates: September 30 – October 12, 2024 | Application deadline: May 16, 2024

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Go and Write! retreats are designed for writers, by writers. Our participants range from those who are just getting started, to published, professional authors with years of experience. We support all types of writers, including poets, memoirists, travel writers, playwrights, fiction and non-fiction writers, children’s writers, and those who want to jot down thoughts about their journey along the way.

Because we’re writers, we get it—writers need time and space to write, and we structure our retreats to have a balance of quiet writing time, touring, and time spent together. We don’t pair up strangers on retreats, but participants are welcome to bring a partner, relative, or another writing friend to share their space and costs; all participants, whether or not they are writers, are encouraged to take part in as many or as few of the elements of the retreat as they like.

We hope you’ll join us this year. See below for our 2024 retreats, and contact us if you’d like to discuss details. You can also check out our previous adventures to see where we’ve hosted past retreats.

We’re actively rolling out our 2024 lineup and will be announcing these retreats as we get each one finalized, so sign up for our newsletter to be in the know early.

Check back next month for more writing development opportunities from the web, across Canada and across the globe!

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Prairie Fire, a Canadian Magazine of New Writing, is giving centre stage to women writers fifty and over! This special issue is a celebration that honours and recognizes the enormous contribution of living Canadian women writers, who have helped shape CanLit and continue to do so. Deadline: February 15. https://www.prairiefire.ca/call-for-submissions-50-over-50/

If you are a woman, aged fifty and over, have at least one published piece of writing (literary journals, non-literary journals, writing group publications, anthologies, books, etc… we’re really not picky on this point.) and live in Canada (or lived a substantial amount of your life in Canada) then we want to see your unpublished work, as we compile this mosaic of new writing to be released in fall of 2024. 

This special issue, tentatively called “50 Over 50” will be guest edited by Katherine Bitney, poet and one of the founders of Prairie Fire Press.


LITERARY AWARDS

Jury Announced and Call for Submissions Issued for the 27th Annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award

The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Gleed family are pleased to announce the jury for the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for the best first Canadian collection of short fiction in the English language, now celebrating its 27th year.

This year’s jury comprises authors Danila Bothapaulo da costa, and Souvankham Thammavongsa.

A short list will be announced in May 2024, with the winner and two finalists being named in June 2024. The winner receives $10,000 and each of the two finalists is awarded $1,000.

To be eligible, books must be first collections of short fiction written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and published in Canada in the English language in the 2023 calendar year. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2024. Eligible titles may be submitted by publishers according to submission guidelines available at writersunion.ca/danuta-gleed-literary-award.


WRITING GROUPS

Fredericton Writers’ Groups

  • Ann Kitching is hosting a Sunday Morning Writers Group from 9 am to noon, starting on 17 Sept 2023. We'll write, chat, and increase our output. Meet at 209 Willow Ave in Fredericton North. Free to join. Contact almkitching@outlook.com with any questions--kindly write "Writers Group" in the subject line.

    Also, Ann leads courses through Dog Eared Books in Oromocto on Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm. (Bad weather moves the course to Willow Ave in F'ton.) Starting on Friday, 6 October, our mission is to write serial adventures (one complete story per week) for a character of our choosing. By the end of May, we should have enough chapters to publish as a book which is our aim for next summer. This course is $15/week (alumni pay $10).

  • Freddy Words (a public Facebook group) is connected, though not currently as active and not specifically tied to NaNo. It was (and hopefully will be again) a year-round group.

  • Lou Ellen Mielke Somerville tells us about FredNoWriMo, which is a collection of Fredericton NaNoWriMo participants who are always open to accepting new members/participants. Check out their private Facebook group. They are doing virtual events and aim to get back into having in-person events - primarily from late October to early December. There is also CampNaNo in April and July. Lou Ellen is one of two Municipal Liaisons this year.

Saint John Writers’ Groups
  • Jeremy Cairns tells us about Saint John Writers (SJW), which meets every Sunday. They welcome a wide variety of ages and different types of writers. They are about getting together and producing, rather than exchanging work or reading aloud. They write from 10 am-11:30 am and then they sit and discuss narrative, character development, publishing, etc. https://saintjohnwriters.wordpress.com/

  • John Hanson tells us that Fog City Scribes has become a loose connection for writers in the Saint John area, originally formed for NaNoWriMo.

  • Amanda Evans and Jaimie McGivery tell us about Write Now Saint John, which is a social writing group which takes place every other Thursday evening (the next one is Thursday, September 21st) at Homeport Inn on Douglas Avenue. They review work, do activities, and have social events. The proprietor of the Homeport Inn is Lane Mack and her husband’s name is Neil. https://www.homeportinn.ca Email: stay@homeportinn.ca
    Other Writing Groups
  • The Chapter One Writing Group, led by Roche Sappier, has moved to a monthly format at the Perth-Andover library. All are welcome! Contact PerthAndover.PublicLibrary@gnb.ca for more information.

  • The Writers of Kingston Peninsula are an eclectic group of people that write for a variety of reasons, with many motivations they joyfully share. If you’d like to join them for an exercise in writing from prompts, share your own writing journey, or just to meet other writers, check out our Facebook page or reach out to us through Messenger. Times and dates may vary.

  • The Fundy Bay Writers is open to receiving new members. They offer monthly Zoom sessions, in-person workshops, shared readings, and ongoing support for writers at all stages of the craft. This group is affiliated with the Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Center in St. Andrews. For more information or to join, please email Carole Martignacco and Louise Chase, WFNB members and co-founders: fundybaywriters@gmail.com

  • The Writing Group Exhale: Grand Falls, meets every 3rd Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Grand Falls Public Library. The next meeting will be held on February 18, 2023. For more information contact Denise McClure at 75deemac@gmail.com, or call 506-473-6125.

  • The AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex has a writing group that meets monthly in the gallery. For more information, check out the website, visit 12 Maple Ave., Sussex, or call (506) 433-8351.

  • FREE ONLINE WRITING RESOURCES
    AND SUPPORT

    Unleash Creatives Community Write-ins: Let's write! Hosted by Unleash Creatives, this hour-long event will include a simple writing prompt (all genres welcome), and time to write. This community write-in will be delivered via Zoom. Free & open to everyone.
    When: 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
    Where: A direct link will be emailed 24 hours in advance. RSVP here

    The Odyssey Online Writers' Salon is meant for those who would like to participate in lively discussion about writing. Share insights, discuss struggles, set goals, ask questions, comment on stories or novels you've read, or recommend good books or resources on writing. You can also ask any questions about Odyssey programs you might have.
    When: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 8:30-9:30 p.m. AST beginning Sept. 14, 2022

    The Creative Penn - New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Penn runs a YouTube channel that provides tips on self-publishing, marketing, the business of being a writer and more.

    Janet Fitch's Writing Wednesday - Innovative Novel Structures with Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander, the Revolution of Marina M. Having taught formally for many years, Janet wanted to do something for those who are working alone, as she did. As ultimately we all are. Writing Wednesday is her gift to you.

    Every Monday at 12pm Dale L. Roberts posts a new video in his Self-Publishing with Dale series. You'll learn how to self publish a book on Kindle and paperback through Amazon KDP.

    Visit New Brunswick's incredible The Miramichi Reader for everything from coast to coast author updates, new Canadian literary releases, book reviews, interviews, writing advice, events and more!

    The (Writing) Workshop Finder website features ongoing workshops, retreats and conferences for writers. Many other resources are available here too.

    Live Canon - For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. Our courses run in person and online and engage with established and emerging poets globally. 

    Journals, Zines and Podcasts

    • Exclusive Promotional Opportunity for WFNB Members 

      Mark Dykeman is a writer from Woodstock, NB, who currently publishes a Substack newsletter called How About This described as Notebook nerdery, creativity, reading, writing, and realizing, with a dash of current events and pop culture, cooked in a curious Atlantic Canadian sauce. He invites WFNB members to be interviewed about their work and creative process as a part of his Atlantic Canada Mondays series. He is happy to link back to websites, social media, etc. as a part of the interview.

      Mark normally sends a ten-question interview by email and gathers the interviewee's responses the same way. 
      Interested? Contact Mark at  markdykeman@gmail.com.

    • The Moderate Review is accepting short stories, poems, nonfiction, paintings, sculptures, 280 character stories (they will be tweeted if selected), music, and spoken word. The divisions between these art forms are arbitrary. Blur them. Newly established online journal The Moderate Review, showcasing both established and emerging literary talents, invites your words and voices to the ongoing creative discussion. Currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis with no deadlines or publishing dates. Submissions should be sent as a word attachment to moderatereview@gmail.com. There are no word limits, guidelines, or restrictions. However, all submissions must be original work and not previously published.
    • Voyage YA seeking submission — Always free. Always open. Always paid. Please read the submission guidelines carefully. Voyage has no restrictions on the kind of fiction they’re looking for. They simply aim to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what they publish, please read the archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to the general categories. New work is published weekly. Submissions are only accepted via online submission managing system, Submittable. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
    • Elegant Literature, a short fiction magazine focused exclusively on new/unpublished writers is accepting submissions in all genres, from anyone age 13 and up. We pay 10 cents a word and publish stories between 500 - 2000 words. Our contract is favourable to the author and openly available on our website. We don't allow pros to submit in order to focus on aspiring talent. Visit the website for more information.
    • Live Canon - For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. We publish anthologies, debuts and collections. Our ensemble perform poetry at theatres, festivals and events, and record poetry for radio, digital projects and interdisciplinary collaborations. We work with other art forms to create installations, interventions and experiences. We work with young people to create, explore and enjoy poetry.
    • League of Canadian Poets Poetry News - Subscribe to Poetry Pause for your daily delivery of Canadian poetry! Poetry Pause delivers more than a daily poem; it delivers the chance for folks to pause for poetry.  Sign up for Poetry Pause and spare a few minutes each day for words that heal, inspire, and sustain. We’re always accepting submissions!

    Publishers and Literary Markets

    • Assembly Press will publish a balanced mix of voice-driven and concept-driven fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We want our books to be notable for engaging with contemporary issues with thoughtfulness, incisiveness, and passion in equal measure.  We welcome submissions by all writers regardless of publication history or writing experience, and especially by equity-seeking writers marginalized by attitudinal, historic, social, and environmental barriers based on age, ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, and transgender status.  

      We are committed to driving change in the publishing industry, and one way we can do so is to prioritize submissions written by equity-seeking writers. To serve this priority, we will push proposals and manuscripts of all genres by these authors to the front of our reading queue.

    • Atmosphere Press is a collaborative publisher, currently seeking great manuscripts from diverse (feminist!) voices. This year Atmosphere authors have sold thousands of books across five continents, received featured reviews with Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. And they’d love to see what you’ve written!

    • Authors Get Published is an online boutique publishing house located in Toronto, Ontario. They are a full-service publishing house that publishes first-time and seasoned authors on their journey to become published authors, by providing book cover creation, manuscript editing services, formatting, and more. Distributed through Ingram, Authors Get Published work to ensure that each author’s book or books receive maximum visibility online through their website and online platforms where books are sold. If you would like to submit your manuscript for consideration, please email the Editor-in-Chief Christine at Christine@AuthorsGetPublished.com. They reply to every submission within 2 weeks. Visit the website for complete manuscript submission details.

    • VS. Books was founded by artist Vivek Shraya to create more intergenerational dialogue and support for artists of colour. Each year, Vivek offers a mentorship opportunity and publishing contract for a writer who is Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour. This year VS. Books’ is seeking an unpublished Indigenous writer, Black writer, or a writer of colour, over the age of 50 living in Canada.

    • Indian Ink Publishing is currently seeking completed literary fiction, trade fiction, and creative non-fiction manuscripts by emerging and established writers. Indian Ink Publishing is focused on bringing diverse narratives in to the homes of our readers. We believe that a rich story lives in every writer and consider it our number one priority to nurture that story from page to press. Storytelling is our passion. We aim to amplify underrepresented voices and capture unique experiences in the fiction and non-fiction books we publish. We are excited by prose that is compelling and innovative, bold and nuanced, that has the ability to transport the reader beyond their own imagination. We aim to publish work that reflects the diversity in Canada's cultural fabric and encourage writers who identify as women, Indigenous, persons of colour, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities to submit. 

    Grants, Residencies and Poet Laureateships

    Provincial Grants

    Artsnb administers eight grant programs. Deadlines vary throughout the year. You can submit your grant applications online. In addition, ArtsNB:

    • offers Accessibility and Equity programs which provide additional financial support to NB artists who face barriers when applying for grants or in carrying out their proposed activities.
    • The Application Assistance program, provides funding to individuals who encounter disability-related barriers to completing an online grant application; and to Indigenous artists facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers with the online application process.
    • The Access Support program is designed to provide supplemental funding to grant recipients who require disability-related assistance to carry out their proposed activities. For more information: info@artsnb.ca or 506-444-4445

    Federal Grants

    • Canada Council for the Arts: New and Early Career ArtistsThe Canada Council for the Arts is making it easier for artists to apply for their first grant—they’ve launched a profile for new and early career artists. It’s part of a two-year pilot project to reach the next wave of artists in Canada and renew support to the arts sector. Artists at the start of their careers—including those who are new to Canada—can apply for Canada Council funding.

    An artist with a new and early career artist profile is eligible to apply for grants from three Explore and Create components:

    • Professional Development for Artists—Project grants to support career advancement activities for artists and artistic groups—including mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, specialized training and workshops.
    • Research and Creation—Project grants to support creative research, development and the creation of new works, including residencies.
    • Concept to Realization—Project grants to support activities that will result in completed works that are shown to the public—including public presentations, exhibitions, media arts and digital arts production ready for dissemination.

    To be eligible as a New/Early Career Artist, you must:

    • have no other approved applicant profiles with the Canada Council
    • have not previously received a grant from the Canada Council
    • be at least 18 years old
    • be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
    • have some training, experience or accomplishments in one or more of the Council’s recognized fields of practice. Past training could include mentorship, self-study, workshops, etc. Training in an academic institution is not mandatory. The Council recognizes training, experience or accomplishments that took place outside of Canada.  
    • be committed to the ongoing development of your skills and artistic practice

    Create an account on the portal, and then submit a new and early career artist profile. You can only have one of these profiles. Create it and apply with your main field of practice—you can still apply for grants with other fields of practice later on. Make sure your CV matches with the eligibility criteria listed above. We recommend you get started with your profile well ahead of the competition you’re working towards because your profile will need to be validated before you can apply for a grant. 

    Canadian Writing Markets

    • ·         The CBC has an extensive list of Canadian Literary Journals for submissions to literary magazines here and Canadian Publishing Houses here.

    • ·         Quick Brown Fox regularly updates its list of writing markets for poems, short stories and novels. The site is maintained by writing workshop instructor and author Brian Henry and is an invaluable resource for new and seasoned writers.  

    Services for Writers

    Writing Mentoring /Coaching

    • Kayla Geitzler - Creative Writing MA, Poet Laureate (2019-2022), experienced literary project manager and editor offers customized mentoring in poetry, prose and performance, professional writing services, university-level masterclass courses and engaging workshops.  Email: kaylagwrites@gmail.com or visit kaylagwrites.com
    • Moncton writer and editor Lee D. Thompson is offering three 55-hour novel-writing (or creative non-fiction) mentorships in 2023, with a 10% discount to WFNB members. The mentorships include developmental editing and structural guidance and are ideal for works in the early to mid stages of creation.  Though the timelines are very flexible, and may be spread over many months, the mentorships are set for February, April and June. Payment plans are available. For full details, contact editor@galleonbooks.ca
    • Shoshanna Wingate, Poet Laureate, MFA, founder of literary journal, Riddle Fence. Experienced writing teacher/coach offers one-on-one mentorship to poets and prose writers at all stages of their career. You can expect gentle and detailed feedback. Short-term or long-term projects welcome. Email: wingateshoshanna@gmail.com

    Editing

    • Sandra Bunting Proofreading, editing or an extra polish on your short story, poem, memoir, novel or nonfiction project. Contact Sandra Bunting at Gaelóg Press Writing and Editing Services. Email: Gaelogpress@gmail.com or text 506-251-5009.
    • Petrina Ferris is a technical writer who offers business documentation and communication services, science/technical editing and writing services. Visit her website for more information.
    • Kayla Geitzler (Moncton) offers full editorial services, content writing, book creation, ebooks, and professional documentation services. Creative, business, academic. https://kaylagwrites.com/
    • Lee Thompson (Moncton) provides full editorial services to WFNB writers at reasonable rates. 
    • Shoshanna Wingate (Sackville) provides full editorial services, including developmental and line editing, query letters, book proposals, and grant applications. Email: wingateshoshanna@gmail.com. 

    Self-Publishing

    • Hellhag Productions (formerly Flying Elk Photography) is located in Saint John. In addition to photography, FEP also designs book covers. If you want a great looking cover for your book, take a look at our website for inspiration: https://www.hellhagproductionswdc.com/
    • Jeremy McLean (Harvey) offers services such as converting manuscripts into ebooks to sell on Amazon and Kobo; and formatting books for print-on-demand outlets such as Createspace and Lightning Source. Other services are listed on his website.

    Translation 

    • Rose Després (Cocagne) provides translation, proofreading and revision in and from French and English. She is a qualified translator with Canada Council for the Arts and artsnb translators, and has wide-ranging experience in diverse writing styles.

    Post a Short Ad

    It's free for members (runs indefinitely) and $15 for non-members. For members, this service includes posting your ad on the Resources page of wfnb.ca.

    Ongoing Membership Benefits

    Group Health Insurance for Writers

    The Writers’ Coalition Program offers an affordable personal health insurance plan for WFNB members. To obtain a quote, just provide your province and date of birth here.

    WFNB Bookstore Club

    Present your current membership card to receive a 10% discount at the following independent bookstores: and Blind Forest Books & Novelties in Sackville, Cover to Cover Books in Riverview, Tidewater Books in Sackville, and Westminster Books in Fredericton.

    Regional Representatives

    Region                                                                                  Representative

    Charlotte Country, St. Andrews                                Vanessa Hawkins

    Fredericton                                                               Jenna Lyn Albert

    Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview                                     Kayla Geitzler

    Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Rothesay             Martha Vowles

    Shediac                                                                     Louise Comtois

    Sussex                                                                      Jane Simpson

    Tantramar, Sackville, Port Elgin, Dorchester            Geordie Miller

    Lifetime Members

    Nancy Bauer, Ann Brennan, Kent Bulmer, Rhonda Bulmer, Wayne Curtis, Sheree Fitch, Jean Frances, Cathy Fynn, Ginny Hill, M. Travis Lane, Gwen Martin, M. Anne Mitton, David Adams Richards, Valerie Sherrard, Lee D. Thompson, Doug Underhill

    Become a Lifetime Member

    Lifetime membership costs $1000. We appreciate the generosity of  those members who are ensuring the continuity of the WFNB, and its impact on NB writers, by such a donation. Contact us at info@wfnb.ca for more details.

    Lifetime Membership has been bestowed on those founding members who helped establish the WFNB in the 1980s. It is also sometimes bestowed on those who have made a significant volunteer contribution to the life of our organization.

    See the main page of our website for a list of general sponsors, and sponsors of our awards programs.

    SEEKING BACK ISSUES of Historical publications

    Dear WFNB Members:

    Ian LeTourneau is currently looking for New Brunswick books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsides, and ephemera for research and collecting purposes. He is happy to take anything you have off your hands or negotiate a fair price for the rarer stuff. Specifically, Ian is looking for:

    Books

    Cadence. Female Voices anthology. Edited by Kayla Geitzler and Elizabeth Blanchard. Frog Hollow, 2020.

    Scroll. Wombat Literary Series #1.

    Fiddlehead Poetry Books: especially Fred Cogswell, Stunted Strong (1954), Al Purdy, Emu, Remember! (1956), FIVE NEW BRUNSWICK POETS, but he also has many holes to fill from their 300+ publications.

    Any New Brunswick chapbooks, but especially 9-14, 16-20, 22-23.

    Any books or chapbooks by RM Vaughan or Owl's Head Press.

    Any chapbooks by Joe Blades or Broken Jaw Press or Wild East Publishing Co-operative (they produced the Salamanca Chapbook series).

    "A little something..." series of broadsides by Broken Jaw, Ian needs: 1, 9, 22-25, 28, 31, 36, 37.

    Very early issues of The Fiddlehead: Ian needs 1-17, 23-26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 49, 53, 55, 67, 68 and a broadside I’m a silence so grim” by Milton Acorn which was folded inside spring 1963 issue, no. 56.

    The Cormorant: I need Issues 1.1- 9.1, 10.2, 11.2-12.2, 15.1-onward but happy to have any in duplicate.

    Any back Issues of magazines such as UrchinFloorboardsGerminationQwertyNew Muse of ContemptDooryard PostArtsAtlanticIntervalesFirst EncounterGalleonVoxStudies in Canadian LiteratureEllipsePottersfield Portfolio (esp. the NB-printed ones), etc.

    Any chapbooks, broadsides, etc. by NB authors. Ian would be particularly grateful for NB literary ephemera like printed editions of NB Ink, the WFNB newsletter, old Goose Lane or Broken Jaw catalogues, event/reading posters, programs, brochures, Writing on the Wall exhibition brochures (only missing Nela Rio), newspaper sections like NB Reader, Salon. And in general, anything NB produced or by an NB author.

    Please contact Ian LeTourneau at ian.letourneau@icloud.com if you have any of the above. Thank you!

    A note about our Inkspot Survey

    We sent out a call for information earlier in the summer to help develop our strategic plan and fundraising efforts. We sent a link to a long and boring survey about demographics and program satisfaction and were hoping to get enough responses to be able to measure a decent population size.

    We do know that filling out online surveys about demographics and program satisfaction is not a super exciting summer activity, so we were cautiously optimistic.

    We were very gratified to have received more than eighty completed responses, and lots of actionable suggestions and valuable info. Thank you!

    We drew an email from all of those provided by responders and have sent information to that winner about how to claim their free year of WFNB membership. Congrats!

    Many responders value WordSpring and WordsFall very highly (and the chance they provide to spend time together in community while learning craft and business skills), as well as the opportunities for employment and public outreach that programs like WiSP can provide to writers.

    You'd also like to see more monthly or online workshops, further development of public readings or showcases, the broadening of access to programs, and a solution to the problem of finding and sustaining smaller writing groups.

    Thanks again for the thoughtful and helpful responses you all took the time and effort to share with us. We'll be sharing more information about how we are planning on folding your ideas and priorities into our continued development of WFNB programs and initiatives over the coming months. We're really excited about things to come, so keep an eye out for more updates.

    A word about Writing Groups

    When filling out their member profiles, a great many people tick off the box beside the sentence, "I would like to join a writing group," and others also very often tick off, "I would like to create a writing group."

    We have just updated our list in Inkspot thanks to a recent informative post on our Facebook page, but there are undoubtedly more writing groups. We'd like to know more about groups in Moncton, and ones that take place outside of our three major cities.

    Do you have a writers' group that meets elsewhere? From Sackville/Dorchester, up the Acadian coast to Shediac, Bouctouche, Richibucto, all the way to the Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton or Edmunston? How about along the Fundy coast, or the Western part of New Brunswick? If you do, and you are open to new writers, please let us know.

    Writing groups are tricky things. There's a certain amount of magic involved in getting a productive group together, and the members themselves must be motivated to create it and keep it running.  But there is no doubt that being involved with a regular, committed writing group helps build the skills of writers and pushes them toward publication.

    In the Inkwell blog in the members-only section, there's a story entitled, "A sprinkle of fairy dust: The magic of Seaside Scribes." This story covers Martha Vowles' 2022 WordSpring workshop on How to Create and Sustain a Healthy, Happy Writing Group - She provided pdfs of her notes on that subject, and they are included at the bottom of the article. This is very practical and helpful.

    Once again, if you run a current writing group within our membership, if you would like to promote your willingness to create a writing group, or know of other writing groups who are accepting new members, please let us know at info@wfnb.ca, so that we can make that information available to those who might be looking for a group with whom to share their work.

    In the meantime, if you do not have a writing group, building relationships with lots of other writers--people who you like and connect to--makes the formation of a writing group (or an invitation to join one) more likely.  I was invited into a small writing group a couple of years ago - only five people, and most live in Sussex/Elgin, so we always meet in Sussex. They are all published writers, at varying levels, and I'm lucky to be included. I drive to meet them once a month from Moncton. It's a 40-minute drive, but I gladly do it because the relationship is valuable. Another person drives from Fredericton in order to attend.

    We have breakfast and read what we're working on, and everyone comments on everyone's work, which is in itself a learning process. I don't find that I make the same insightful comments as the others, who are award-winning writers and editors. These things come with time and experience.

    If you can't find a current group right away, start at least by looking for other writers you might connect with in your community. It's worth the effort. 

    We will be thinking of ways to facilitate community-building for our membership in the future, not just for matching folk together for writing groups, but for all aspects of artistic sharing.

    Best,

    Rhonda


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