Exile Publishing Call for Submissions

From Exile Publishing’s website…

What is Alice Unbound about?

Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) explored childlike wonder and the bewildering realm of adult rules and status, which clashed in bizarre ways. Many characters in his tales are anthropomorphic, whether talking cards, crying mock turtles or saucy Tiger Lilies. Over 150 years later, people still recognize characters from Carroll’s works. Who doesn’t know of vorpal blades and tardy white rabbits, protagonists and antagonists that resonate in a primal part of the human psyche? They hearken to the mysticism and mystery of the ancient world, when one wondered how the rain fell, or which gods empowered madness through drink, or whether a person was separate from an animal or could become one.

Writers must be Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) or permanent residents of Canada.

Payment: $0.05 a word, Canadian

Length: 2,000-5,000 words. Poetry: minimum 1,000 words (and 2 may be submitted at the same time: submit each in a separate document and submission).

Deadline: May 31, 2017

To learn more, visit Exile Publishing.

Meeting Reminder

The next craft of writing meeting takes place Tuesday May 16th. We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Anyone who is interested in writing is welcome to attend.


Write a 500-word short story with the following scenario: You’re cleaning out your garage and hidden in the back corner, you find an old shoe box. What is inside? What will you do with what’s inside? Who hid it there and why?

More Homework

Draw the Story: We enjoyed this exercise so much, we’re going to do it again. Bring in ten pieces of paper with the following:

  • 2 character names
  • 2 situations
  • 2 animals
  • 2 time periods
  • 2 items of clothing


My Name is Charlie by Art


Lynn, your turn for critiquing is in June. Please bring a piece of your work to the May meeting or prepare to send something to the group through email by the end of May.

Pitch the Publisher at Read by the Sea

Writers – sharpen your pencils and prepare to persuade a panel of publishers that they should publish the book you’re writing – it’s your brainchild, your baby.

This event will help demystify the world of publishing, introduce our Atlantic Publishers, inform the general public about the kinds of books being published in Atlantic Canada and – of most importance to you, the writer – give authors a chance to pitch their manuscripts.

…to continue reading, visit Pitch the Publisher on the Read by the Sea website.

Read by the Sea takes place Saturday July 8, 2017 at River John, Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

Understorey Magazine Call for Submissions

Understory Magazine’s mandate (from their website):

Understorey Magazine publishes literary writing and visual art by and about Canadian women.

Our vision is to sustain a relevant, accessible, diverse and aesthetically beautiful venue that supports and empowers women through self-expression. To achieve this vision we:

  • Publish compelling, original stories and art by Canadian writers and artists who self-identify as women.
  • Inspire, encourage and mentor new and emerging writers and artists.
  • Support and promote established writers and artists.
  • Seek out underrepresented stories and voices.
  • Maintain a broadly feminist perspective that is welcoming, inclusive and empowering.

Understorey launched in November 2013 as a project of the Second Story Women’s Centre in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. With their generous administrative and editorial support, we published seven fabulous issues on the many facets of motherhood, including a special issue on motherhood and disability.

Upcoming Deadline: Issue 11 Service. Deadline June 15, 2017

To learn more about the magazine and the subject for the next deadline, visit Understorey Magazine.

Hubbards Writers Festival 2017

On June 3 & 4, 2017, the Hubbards Writers Society presents its third annual festival devoted to the literary arts. Hubbards Writers Festival 2017: The Memoir features two related components: Festival Readings on Saturday, June 3, at the Hubbards Sailing Club featuring readings by three prominent Nova Scotian writers. On Sunday, June 4, those guest writers will be joined by three additional practitioners to lead a full day of Memoir Workshops at the multi-use space at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America. Our Events page contains all the programming details as we continue to confirm and refine them.

…to continue reading and to learn more about this wonderful event, visit Hubbards Writers Festival.

Giant Book Sale at Halifax Forum

On Saturday May 6 and 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, a Giant Book Sale will take place at maritime Hall, Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Women for Music Society will have on sale thousands of quality, gently-used books, CDs and DVDs. Prices ranging from $1.00 to $3.00.

There is no entry fee.

For more information, visit Women for Music Society.

BC Bigleaf Maple Books: Call for Submissions

This just came across my desk…

Call for Memoirs, biographies, Canadian Nonfiction

BC Bigleaf Maple Books is accepting Canadian memoirs to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday and to honour the Reconciliation process that Canada is now involved in with the Indigenous population.

Our focus is on the West although we are seeking stories from the North as well, and we are definitely interested in all stories from across Canada which need to be told, and memoirs in line with our mission, see below . We are seeking stories which bridge the Indigenous and the Settler cultures somehow –  something with a positive or uplifting message to share, something related to people, plants , habitat, ecology.