Submissions to Broken Pencil’s annual fierce story competition are now open. This year it’s an all-genre battle, open to fiction, non-fiction, poetry and comics entries (up to 2,000 words.) Winners receive the Indie Writer’s Makeover, which includes a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate, a meeting with Globe & Mail culture columnist and novelist Russell Smith, and a meeting with one of Canada’s leading small-press publishers, BookThug!
Plus $200 cash and publication in the Spring 2015 edition of Broken Pencil. DEADLINE: DECEMBER 21, 2014 at 11:59pm. To enter and read complete rules, go here.
The Banff Centre’s Digital Narratives residency is perfect for writers wishing to use interactive technologies and associated digital concepts to explore, push the boundaries of, and create new forms of innovative narrative across multiple platforms. Develop your own narrative-driven project under the creative supervision of Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn, the co-creators of The Silent History, described by the New York Times as “one of the most talked about new experiments [in publishing].” This unique three-week residency is open to writers of all literary genres, including fiction, non-fiction, screenwriters, documentary makers, animators and graphic novelists working within the digital landscape. The application deadline is December 10. For more information and to apply, please visit the program’s website.
Jason McCall and P J Williams are seeking poets and their rhymes, beats, moves, truth to fill a void in the discussion of music and poetry’s intersections. For a forthcoming collection from Minor Arcana Press, they seek “poems that engage or reference hip-hop in a variety of ways, from the music and artists to the clothing, dancing, and culture as a whole.” Check out their submissions page here.
Mental health agency HeretoHelp is curating stories form Canadian writers about the dynamics between spouses and partners when addiction is involved, preferably stories half-written by each couple to make a complete story. Pays $150 per story. Deadline TBA. More info here.
The Feminist Art Conference is seeking visual artists for a month long art exhibition for International Women’s Day at Daniels Spectrum that will take place throughout the month of March. Drawing on its location in Regent Park, the show will be themed around displacement, uprooting, and relocation. Deadline for applications is January 15. Check out the full guidelines here.