Sunday, August 20, 2017

Three paying markets for stories, poetry, and essays, plus a short story contest and details of submitting to super-prestigious literary journal Tin House

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The first issue of Tin House magazine arrived in the spring of 1999. Publisher Win McCormack said of the effort, “I wanted to create a literary magazine for the many passionate readers who are not necessarily literary academics or publishing professionals.”
Tin House offers an artful and irreverent array of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews as well as columns on food and drink, out-of-print and under- appreciated books, and Spring and Fall issues built around idiosyncratic themes like sex, evil, and candy. Perhaps most indicative of the magazine’s mission to stake out new territory and showcase not only established, prize-winning authors is its commitment to including work by undiscovered writers.
In 2002, Tin House ventured into the world of book publishing as an imprint with Bloomsbury. In 2005, the independent press Tin House Books was launched. Tin House
Books publishes roughly a dozen titles a year, but accepts submissions only from literary agents.
Tin House Online is a daily blog featuring previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, comics, and more. When Tin House Magazine's current issue is themed, Please submit only one complete story or essay (word count dependent on category), or up to three poems at a time. Please do not submit the same work to Tin House Magazine and to Tin House Online. 
For details of the various categories of submissions Tin House Online accepts and other submission guidelines, see here.
Tin House magazine is currently accepting submissions for its spring and summer issues:
Spring 2018: CANDY – What's that sweet thing you crave that also may be ruining your life?
Summer 2018: No theme, just some quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to cool off with in the shade.
“As always, we are looking for any and every angle on those themes. Our summer and winter issues are not themed. We consider each submission for all upcoming issues regardless of theme, but please make a note in your cover letter if you wish to be considered for a particular theme.
Tin House magazine accepts submissions in the months of September and March. 
Deadline September 1 – 30, then March 1 – 31. Guidelines here.

subTerrain publishes original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary three times a year.  Pays: $50 per poem; and $50 per page for prose. 
Deadline: September 1, 2017 for the Winter issues, then February 1, 2018 for the spring issue.  Guidelines here.


Lois Peterson is calling for submissions for an anthology. Tribe will be a print anthology exploring the lives and experiences of older, single women and will include poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction, personal narrative, prose poems … about all and any topics that affect women. It will be published by LPwordsolutions in Nanaimo, BC. The project welcomes contributors who are women 55 years of age and older from anywhere in the world who are single, meaning “single, (by choice or circumstance), widowed or divorced” and not currently living, or planning to live, “in a permanent domestic relationship with a partner of either gender.” 
Pays a small honorarium ($25) and contributors’ copies, with 50%+ of any net profits from the book going to a women’s charity… determined with input from anthology contributors.
Deadline: September 30, 2017. Guidelines here

The Binge-Watching Cure 2 anthology seeks horror stories: Pays $200 for stories under 5,000 words and $500 for stories 5,000 words and longer. Accepts reprints.
Deadline September 30, 2017. Submissions here.


The Canadian Authors Association, Niagara, calls for submissions to the Ten Stories High short story contest.
Stories can be of any genre but must be previously unpublished fiction or creative nonfiction and remain unpublished until contest results are announced.  Minimum 1,000 to a maximum of 3,000 words. For first Canadian rights, the top ten finalists will have their stories published in our anthology which will be launched at the St. Catharines Library. March 24, 2018.
Prizes: First Prize $300; Second Prize $200; Third Prize $100.00
The entry fee is $15 per story, non-refundable. Multiple entries are welcome but limited to 3. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Authors Association - Niagara and mailed with your submission to: 
Canadian Authors Association - Niagara Branch, “Ten Stories High,” PO Box 1512, 4 Queen Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3B0.
Deadline September 30, 2017. Guidelines here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to YA, Thursday mornings, Oct 5 – Nov 30, in Oakville, with authors Sylvia McNicoll and Jennifer Mook-Sang as guest speakers

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong, a
New York Times #1 bestselling author
and one of Brian’s students
Writing Kid Lit ~ Picture Books to Young Adult
 Thursday mornings, October 5 – November 30, 2017
9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Woodside Branch of the Oakville Public Library, 1274 Rebecca St, Oakville, Ontario (Map here)

See details of all 7 weekly courses offered this fall here

From picture books to young adult novels, this weekly course is accessible for beginners and meaty enough for advanced writers. Through lectures, in-class assignments, homework, and feedback on your writing, we’ll give you ins and outs of writing for younger readers and set you on course toward writing your own books. 

We’ll have two published children’s authors as guest speakers: 

Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty books, many of which have garnered awards and Her YA novel Crush.candy.corpse was shortlisted for the Arthur EllisYA CrimeNovel of the Year Award, the Red Maple Award, the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, and the Snow Willow Award, as well as being selected as one of the Ontario Library Association's Best Bets and Resource Links' Year's Best for 2012. 
Most acclaimed, though, are her three middle grade books about fostering guide dogs  Bringing Up Beauty, Beauty Returns, and A Different Kind of Beauty which won and were nominated for many children’s choice awards. Her 2015 YA novel Best Friends Through Eternity tells the story of an adopted Chinese teen for whom an ill-fated shortcut along a rail track leads to the discovery of some uncomfortable truths. 
In 2017, Sylvia launched her new middle grade series The Great Mistake Mysteries beginning with The Best Mistake Mystery in January and The Artsy Mistake Mystery in September and finishing with The Snake Mystery in January 2018.

Jennifer Mook-Sang grew up in Caribbean Guyana and moved to Canada when she was fourteen. While reading bedtime stories to her two sons, she fell in love with picture books and decided to write one of her own. In one of Brian Henry's classes she found the beginnings of a story. That story grew into the humorous middle-grade novel, Speechless, published by Scholastic in 2015. 
Speechless won the Surrey Schools Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for many other awards, and was recommended by the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Childrens’ Book Centre, the CBC, and the TD Summer Reading Club. Jennifer’s spent the past year giving numerous school and library presentations and meeting her many young readers.  
In October, just in time for her to bring copies to our class, Jennifer's picture book Captain Monty Takes the Plunge will be released by Kids Can Press.
Jennifer lives in Burlington, Ontario. You can find out more about her at: jennifermooksang.com 
Speechless is available online here.

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. Brian is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.  

Course fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = 199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two new editors at Sterling Lord Literistic seek YA and Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction

Sterling Lord Literistic
115 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

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The Sterling Lord Agency was founded in 1952 and counted Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey among his early clients. Peter Matson founded his firm, Literistic, in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as John Irving and Dee Brown. In 1987, the two agencies joined forces to create Sterling Lord Literistic. The agency now has 18 agents, representing the full range of fiction and nonfiction authors. The two newest members of the team are Elizabeth Bewley and and Sarah Landis, who both joined the agency in July 2017. Like all new agents, they need authors.

Elizabeth Bewley represents young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction. After graduating from Northwestern Univesity in 2002, Elizabeth got her first job as an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press. She went on to hold editorial jobs at HarperCollins, Intervisual Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, where she was an executive editor. Elizabeth has worked with many bestselling and award-winning authors.
Elizabeth is especially looking for upmarket commercial fiction and accessible nonfiction that illuminates real world issues for young readers. She loves books that transport readers to foreign lands, explore family dynamics or capture the feeling of first love.
Elizabeth would also like to represent memoirs geared toward young readers.
Query Elizabeth at: ebewley@sll.com
Include a synopsis and the first three chapters or a brief proposal for nonfiction

Sarah Landis worked as an editor for fifteen years, holding roles at G.O. Putnam Son’s, Hyperion Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and has worked with many talented authors.
Sarah is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction across all genres. She is particularly drawn to middle grade fantasy and to contemporary MG with heart, humour, and magic.
In young adult, Sarah has an affinity for southern voices, high-concept plots, grounded sci-fi/fantasy, historical, mysteries & thrillers, and emotionally compelling contemporary fiction.
Query Sarah at: slandis@sll.com
Include a synopsis and the first three chapters or a brief proposal for nonfiction

See Sterling Lord's submissions page here.

Join us for the Fall Colours Writing Retreat in Algonquin Park, Sept 15 - Sept 17. See here.

Brian Henry will lead a Writing Your Life and Other True Stories workshop on Saturday, Aug 19 in Brampton (see here)

Join us for a Fall Colours Writing Retreat, at the wonderful Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park, Friday, Sept 15 – Sunday, Sept 17 (see here).

Starting in September, Brian will lead a full range of courses, introductory to advanced: 

Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Sept 28 – Nov 30, in Burlington. See here.
Writing Personal Stories, Wednesday evenings, Sept 27 – Nov 15, in Burlington. See here.
Writing Kid Lit, Thursday mornings, Oct 5 – Nov 30, in Oakville, with guest authors Sylvia McNicoll and Jennifer Mook-Sang. See here.
Next Step in Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons Sept 26 – Nov 28, first readings emailed Sept 19; Burlington. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Monday mornings, Sept 25 – Dec 4/11, first readings emailed Sept 18; Toronto. See here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Sept 28 – Nov 30 / Dec 7, first readings emailed Sept 20; Georgetown. See here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Sept 20 – Dec 6/13, first readings emailed Sept 13; Burlington
See details of all seven courses offered in the fall here.

Also, in the fall, Brian will lead a “How to Make Yourself Write” workshop on Saturday, Oct 14, in Toronto (see here), a “Writing a Bestseller” workshop with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong on Saturday, Oct 21, in Oakville (see here), and a “How to Get Published” mini-conference, with author Hannah McKinnon, literary agent Martha Webb, and HarperCollins editor Michelle Meade on Saturday, Nov 18, in Guelph (see here).

For more information or to reserve a spot in any workshop, retreat, or weekly course, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Free Meet-Ups for Writers, Wednesday afternoons at the Burlington Library

Meet Ups for Writers
Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2017
3:30 – 5: 30 p.m.
Holland Room, Burlington Central Library, 2331 New Street, Burlington, Ontario (Map here)

I’m hosting five writing support sessions at the Burlington Central Library. When you get a warren of writers all writing together, the room buzzes with energy and it’s a great motivational boost. So we’ve booked the Holland Room at the library where we can all write together for a couple hours each week. Or join your fellow writers at the Café in the library’s foyer, where we’ll be chatting about writing and the projects we’ve got on the go (leaving the Holland Room quiet for those getting words on paper).

This event coincides with National Novel Writing Month, but you don’t have to be taking part in NaNoWriMo to participate in our meet-ups. All you need is an urge to hang out with some fellow writers. 

This event is free, but phone the library and tell them which days you plan to attend so that we know how many to expect. Call: 905-639-3611 ext 1321

(Though if you decide to come at the last minute, that’s fine with me. Just show up with your laptop or pad and pen. It’s unlikely we’ll fill the room, but if by chance the Holland Room does overflow, there will always be room at the café.) ~Brian

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

“Portrait of a Reader,” by Wendy Simpson

It had been raining for several days but Id been housebound so I hardly noticed. Being a mom was much harder than Id imagined and my baby girl was not one to sleep much. I was exhausted and trying to figure out how to get everything done so I could at least put the “sleep when she sleeps” platitude to the test. She was fed and safely swaddled in her bassinet so I dashed downstairs to put in yet another load of washing. How does one tiny creature create so much laundry?
     I smelt the mouldy odour before I realized the basement had flooded. It was always a little damp and heavy in this dungeon but now wed sprung a leak. Luckily the old house was so lopsided that all the water had drained away from the stairs and the appliances but our boxes had not fared so well. I abandoned the laundry and set to work pulling the soggy cardboard boxes out of the water. But only for a minute – I had a baby waiting upstairs.
     At nap time I gave up my hope of extra sleep and headed downstairs again to deal with the mess. Most of the boxes were full of notes, essays, books and more books. I loved books, and choosing to study English literature had provided me with the opportunity to accumulate many. I hoped I could salvage most of them. I moved some of the boxes to drier ground and set to work on the soggiest.
     The first box was all the hard covers I loved or felt I should have loved. It would be heartbreaking to lose any of them, but hopefully time had given me a bit of perspective.  Chaucers Canterbury Tales were a little waterlogged but I could live with that. Sadly, Gulliver had to go; his travels ended here. James Joyce fared much better so I could still claim to have finished Ulysses, with marginal notes and highlighted paragraphs as proof. Finnegans Wake had drowned. Yay!
     My heart sank as I extracted my most cherished book from the box, The Diviners. The dust cover was a mess but maybe the book was salvageable, I opened it carefully and saw the inscription. Ah, the memories…
     My favourite professor had been Clara Thomas. She was an extraordinary teacher and mentor. Can Lit was a bit of joke back then, but she infused so much love and life into here course that was hard not to be intrigued. It was a small class, a group of students more interested in getting out into the working world than dwelling on the perils of early Canadian settlers Roughing it in the Bush.
     The curriculum moved chronologically into the 20th century examining poets and authors, many interesting, some not, and then, Margaret Laurence. She captivated my mind and my imagination. I read everything I could, fiction and nonfiction, entering worlds both familiar and exotic.
     Just before Christmas break,Professor Thomas invited us all to her home for a literary evening, a potluck dinner and discussion; so pretentious and grand!  I arrived right on time, carrying my carefully prepared cheddar cheese ball (so perfect for 1976). As I rang the doorbell I was more than a little intimidated by the beautiful house with the Lawrence Park address but was soon welcomed into a charming and comfortable home.
     I wasnt the first but many of my classmates hadnt yet arrived. As I walked into the living room I first noticed the beautiful Christmas tree and then the remarkable woman standing by the fireplace. She greeted me warmly with a huge smile and the offer of mulled wine. Margaret Laurence had come to our soiree! She and the professor were longtime friends, she explained and she was visiting for the holidays.
     I was flustered and awestruck. I watched but barely spoke to her the rest of the night, pretending to be occupied by sipping the surprisingly spicy wine. She was friendly, witty and full of really good stories. She managed to draw all of us into her circle with tales and laughter. Clearly some of my classmates were not as shy as I, but she took it all in stride. She was warm, genuine and engaging.
     The next day Margaret Laurence came to our seminar class and we learned her perspective on Canadian literature. Again, I was mesmerized by her presence, her voice, her colourful caftan and even her jewellery. I certainly don’t remember all of her discourse that day, but I do know she spoke passionately about our heritage and our nation and how they are reflected in all we do and write. This has stuck with me.
     Id boldly brought my Diviners with me that day. After class I collected my wits and my courage and asked her to sign it. I will never forget how friendly, gracious and lovely she was.
     And now my book was wet. Id try to save it, but it really didn’t matter. The words, the story, that special world could be easily replaced at my local bookshop. The inscription was nice, but the actual, physical book was of little importance. I’d always remember the author and the worlds she’d created. It was the dramas, the characters, the fantasies that I longed to collect. Not the books!
     As I dashed up the stairs I felt refreshed, eager to tend to my little girl, hoping one day shed love reading too.

Wendy Simpson lives and sells real estate in Oakville. Although her university days are long behind her she’s never lost her love of reading. She is the mother of three adult children and three (soon to be four!) grandchildren. She travels as much as possible and loves to spend several weeks each year in Victoria and the Cayman Islands.


See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.