October 13, 2020
"Writing is One Way to Help to Build a More Livable World" A Conversation with the 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Finalists
The Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers was established by Robin Pacific to honour a beloved friend. Ogilvie was a respected editor, writer, and literary manager and his death was devastating ...
September 18, 2020
CBC Books Announces 35-Writer Nonfiction Prize Longlist, including Kevin Chong & Adrienne Gruber
Yesterday CBC Books announced a whopping 35-writer longlist for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. One of three literary awards run by CBC (in addition to a poetry and a short fiction award), it's one of the ...
November 25, 2019
Call for Submissions: The Writers' Union of Canada 27th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers
Attention new and emerging short story writers!The Writers' Union of Canada is now inviting submissions for its annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Now in its 27th year, the Competition ...
July 26, 2019
The Truth About the Slush Pile
Sit down and write a manuscript. Craft it for many months—maybe, even years. Print off manuscript at your mom’s house. Carefully wrap it with your hopes and dreams. Place it in an envelope purchased ...
May 21, 2019
"These Poems Attempt the Impossible" The 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Nominees on Poetry, CanLit & More
The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, administered by the Writers' Trust and sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, has a downright impressive track record of recognizing remarkably talented ...
April 16, 2019
Kate Harris Picks Jessica J. Lee for 2019 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award
2019 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award winner Jessica J. LeeNow in its sixth year, The Charles Taylor Foundation's Emerging Writer Award (sponsored by RBC Wealth Management) is a unique program aimed ...
September 27, 2018
Coming to Voice
I worked on this piece while at a residency for BIPOC writers in the fall of 2017. I did not pick it up again when I returned. While workshopping it there, I was not convinced it captured what I was trying ...
August 13, 2018
Defending your writing
Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. As a kid, I read everything in my library from A – Z. I was the secretary of the Library Club and loved my after-school gig of sorting the books according ...
May 23, 2018
Talking Short Fiction with the 2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Finalists
There is short list of literary awards in Canada that serve as reliable prognosticators of future CanLit heavy hitters. One of them is the $10,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award, awarded to fiction and poetry ...
May 27, 2017
5 Tips to Stand Out in the Slush Pile
You’ve finished your manuscript. It’s been edited by a critique partner. You’ve assembled a pitch. Now what? The next step is securing literary representation to pitch your project to prospective ...