Vancouver seeking third Poet Laureate

By Tracy Sherlock
The City of Vancouver is accepting nominations for its third Poet Laureate.
“Since 2007, the City of Vancouver has selected a gifted writer to represent the cultural richness of our community and we have been fortunate to draw upon the talents of professor emeritus George McWhirter and the award-winning Brad Cran as our Poets Laureate. Each brought their unique voice to the creative expression of Vancouver’s identity and their work is an important part of our literary tradition,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a news release.

Nominations and submissions will be accepted until Aug. 24 from published poets who live in Vancouver, and who have either an established body of work, or who have been recognized for notable contributions early in their career.

“Becoming the Poet Laureate of Vancouver is a significant honour but more importantly it is a unique opportunity to promote poetry to a wide and appreciative audience,” Cran said in the release. “The Laureateship allows a poet to strengthen the public’s relationship to literature and improve the cultural life of our city. I highly encourage local poets to submit applications to be Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate.”

The new Poet Laureate — who will be paid $5,000 each year — will be announced Oct. 19 for a three-year period.

The funding is donated by Dr. Yosef Wosk through the Vancouver Foundation.
“We are most grateful to Dr. Wosk for his support and vision for the literary arts in our city and particularly for his involvement in creation of the Poet Laureateship,” said chief librarian Sandra Singh.


Susan Crean invites submissions on Toronto

Introducing… a website for a book I have yet to write.

The book is about Toronto, as you know. And the website, which is a collaboration with Patrick Davidson, is designed as a means for me to talk to people about the City. By sharing excerpts from interviews I’ve been doing, and by eliciting comments and contributions from others.

When I was sent on a publicity tour across Canada with my book on Emily Carr, I was thunderstruck by the stories and anecdotes people in the audience came up with. There lay a gold mine of material, I marvelled. And that prompted me to think I should perhaps have done the tour before writing the book. is my attempt to do the tour before writing the book — to invite participation in the project from people I don`t know. And those who I do know.

I’d love to know what you think of the site. So take a look. Leave a comment. Pass it on.

Susan Crean, Author

Room’s 2011 Literary Contest: July 15

Room Magazine’s Annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction Contest – 2011

Calling all woman writers: sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than July 15, 2011.
Entry Fee: $30 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Non-Canadian entries: $42 Canadian dollars.
Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2012 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

Fiction: Amber Dawn
Poetry: Elizabeth Bachinsky
Creative Non-Fiction: Susan Juby

Rules & Details:
Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines
Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: max. 3,500 words

More than one entry will be accepted as long as fee is paid for each entry. No manuscripts will be returned. Only winners will be notified.

There will be blind judging, so please don’t put your name or address on your entry submission. On a cover sheet (for mail entries) or in the body of your e-mail (for electronic entries), include your name, address and phone number, as well as the title(s), category and word count of your submission. Entries must be typed on 8.5 x 11 white paper, and prose must be double-spaced. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

Electronic Entries:
Simply e-mail your submission as an attachment to:
Pay online at the link below, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Remember to include your complete contact information in the body of your e-mail. And please make sure that the contact information you give through PayPal is the same as in your entry; use the “note to merchant” field, if necessary.


Who’s Who in Canadian Writing

Bookland Press, Toronto is producing a directory of writers and editors and allied people in the publishing industry and has invited submissions.

The participation is completely free and will serve to provide a form of advertisement to the participants. It is intended to be marketed countrywide and world wide to librarians etc.

Please visit the website for details on how to participate:

I request you to carry it on the website/send it out on your mailing list to enable your members to avail of this opportunity.

Jasmine D’Costa
author: Curry is Thicker than Water,
editor: Indian Voices, vol. one
Canadian Voices, vol. one and two

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