$750 PRIZE


The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until February 14, 2012, for the 13th annual POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of 250 words or fewer in the English language, fiction or nonfiction. Are you up for the challenge? Can you create a dynamic, lean, and efficient piece in only 250 words? You can use humour, poetry, dialogue… anything goes!


$750 for the winning entry. The winning entry will be published in Write, the magazine of The Writers’ Union of Canada. The winner agrees that The Writers’ Union of Canada will have non-exclusive publication rights to publish the winning entry in Write, for publicity purposes. Any publication of the author’s story by The Writers’ Union of Canada will include an authorship credit and a copyright notice in the name of the author. Copyright of the winning postcard story remains with the writer.


Clayton Bailey, John Lent, and Nerys Parry will serve as the jury.




This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants. Original and unpublished in any format (English language) fiction or nonfiction, no more than 250 words.


  • ·         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
  • ·         Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.
  • ·         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
  • ·         The author’s name should not appear on the actual entry.
  • ·         Make cheque or money order, $7.50 per submission, payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order.
  • ·         Entries must be postmarked by February 14, 2012 to be eligible.
  • ·         Mail entries to: PCS Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.


Inaugural Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature Awarded

An excited Jim Williams receives the inaugural Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature.  Jim was presented with his award of $1,000 before a crowd of 50 people on November 17th, 2011 at Just Us Cafe Spring Garden Road, Halifax.. Later he answered questions and read from his soon to be published novel Rock Reject. The novel chronicles the personal struggles of Toronto born Peter against the backdrop of the health, safety and environmental issues in an asbestos mine in Northern BC.
As part of the award he has negotiated a contract with Roseway publishing with a scheduled release date of fall 2012.
The Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature is for unpublished manuscripts, is open to English Language submissions from writers from the three Maritime provinces and awarded annually. Information can be found at www.beaconaward.ca

Volunteers Needed for Pen & Inkling Festival & ILA’s

An exciting and inspiring series of events, workshops, readings, music, and celebration are planned for the Pen & Inkling Festival this month, from September 27th through October 2nd. However, we need some volunteers to help make it a success! Throughout the week there are a variety of helpful and fun tasks that need your help. By stepping up and helping out, you can be part of making it unforgettable! To be part of the action, contact Josie at [email protected] ASAP!

Press Release: Pen & Inkling Festival

Press Release: Pen & Inkling Festival


Charlottetown, September 15th, 2011 – A start-studded celebration of the literary arts will take place in

Charlottetown between September 27 and October 2, 2011. The festival will kick off with Wayne Johnston, author of *The Colony of Unrequited Dreams*, reading from his new book: *A World Elsewhere* at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Illustrious poet and musician Tanya Davis, as well as local celebrities Meaghan Blanchard, Fraser McCallum, Nudie, and Drea Macdonald will fill the Haviland Club with song on September 28th, for a songwriters circle that will reflect upon the art of writing poetry as lyrics.


Several workshops will strengthen the literary and artistic skills of the community; Ray Cronin of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will do a valuable workshop on writing critically about the arts; Tanya Davis will offer a workshop on writing and performance; and Brent MacLaine will offer a workshop on character voice in poetry and prose.

Pre-registration is available by email: [email protected]


Children are in for a treat on Thursday morning, September 29th. Island gem Deirdre Kessler will offer a sneak preview of her new book for young children: *DREAMTIME * at the Confederation Centre Public Library. *DREAMTIME *will be launched on October 29, 2011, by The Acorn Press at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and is a picture book for very young children in the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, *Goodnight, Moon.*


Celebrated Native playwright, filmmaker, comedian, and novelist Drew Hayden Taylor of Curve-Lake First Nations will be the festival’s guest of honour, and is not to be missed. He will deliver educational and laughter-filled presentations to schools, UPEI, and the general public on September 30th.Taylor’s recent novel *Motorcycles and Sweetgrass* was shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Award.


On the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, the Pen & Inkling Festival will make its home at The Guild on Queen Street. The Guild will host workshops in the gallery and exciting events on the main stage. The public is invited to soak in the home grown talent of some of PEI’s best and brightest featured readers. Following this, the public is invited to step up and take part in the writers’ open mic. Early evening will see Island treasures, former PEI

poet laureates John Smith and David Helwig in conversation–a reprise of their sublime Fireside Chat during the first Pen & Inkling Festival.


The evening will end with the gala-dance, where Count & the Cuban Cocktail & the Blue Prints will keep us dancing into the night.


After this action-packed week of music, workshops, fiction writers, poets, and visiting guests, the Pen & Inkling Festival will culminate in the 24th annual Island Literary Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, October 2nd. For almost a quarter century the Island Literary Awards have recognized the best in Island writing with cash awards sponsored from the community for winning entries in short story, poetry, children’s literature, and creative non-fiction categories from writers of all ages. This year, for the first time, the Island Literary Awards were able to accept submissions in French with the support of the City of Charlottetown, through its 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada designation. The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased with the response, welcoming a total of 57 French submissions from students across the province.


Tickets for weekend events can be purchased at the Guild. A festival pass can be purchased for $25, and allows admission to all events, with the exception of workshops. More information can be found on the website: www.peiwritersguild.com and questions and workshop registration can be directed to [email protected]


These initiatives have been made possible through the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation through the City of Charlottetown, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage with additional funds by the province of Prince Edward Island and the City of Charlottetown. The Island Literary Awards are also made possible year after year by countless private sponsors and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  For information and the schedule of the Pen & Inkling Festival, visit www.PEIWritersGuild.com.

Drew Hayden Taylor invité d’honneur du festival

Gagnant de multiples prix, écrivain, dramaturge, cinéaste et comédien des Premières Nations,  Drew Hayden Taylor fera sa première visite à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard en tant qu’invité d’honneur du festival « Pen & Inkling ».  M. Taylor est un Ojibway des Premiers Nations de Curve-Lake en Ontario.  Tout au long de sa prolifique carrière et de ses voyages internationaux, il a essayé d’éduquer et d’informer le monde sur des sujets reflétant, célébrant et interférant avec la vie des peuples des Premières Nations du Canada.


Drew Hayden Taylor sera à l’Î-P-É le 30 septembre pour trois événements. Ces événements seront présentés par la Guilde des Ecrivains de l’Î-P-É en collaboration avec le « Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI » et le « Native Council of PEI ». M. Taylor sera accueilli au territoire Mi’kmaq par des membres du « Native Council of PEI » et fera des présentations éducatives et humoristiques aux étudiants et membres de la communauté. M. Taylor fera une présentation dans la matinée aux lycéens de l’Île, suivie d’un déjeuner dans le Salon des professeurs de l’UPEI. Une lecture publique et une conférence auront lieu le soir au Théâtre Studio 1 du Centre des Arts de la Confédération à 19h00. L’entrée est gratuite.


L’œuvre récente de M. Taylor, Motorcycles and Sweetgrass (dont aucune version française n’est encore disponible) a été un des finalistes du Prix du Gouverneur général en 2010.  Fidèle au style de M. Taylor, le conte propose sagesse et l’humour.  C’est une histoire de magie, de familles, d’un mystérieux inconnu . . . et d’une bande de ratons laveurs en maraude. Ce livre est disponible en anglais à la bibliothèque publique du Centre des arts de la Confédération, et est en vente chez Bookmark, au 172 de la rue Queen à Charlottetown.


Le festival  « Pen & Inkling » aura lieu à Charlottetown entre le 27 septembre et le 2 octobre. Ce festival célèbrera les arts littéraires et se composera d’une semaine remplie de musique, d’ateliers, d’écrivains, de poètes, et d’invités.  La semaine aboutira avec la cérémonie de Gala des 24e Récompenses Littéraires de l’Île qui aura lieu le 2 Octobre 2011. Pour de plus amples informations et pour connaitre le calendrier du festival « Pen & Inkling », veuillez visiter le site de la Guilde d’écrivains de l’ÎPÉ à www.peiwritersguild.com   ou écrivez à [email protected]


Ces initiatives sont possibles grâce à la désignation de Capitale culturelle du Canada 2011 pour la Ville de Charlottetown, un programme du ministère du Patrimoine canadien avec des contributions additionnelles de la part de la province de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et de la Ville de Charlottetown. Les conférences de Drew Hayden Taylor ont été parrainées en partie par le Playwrights Guild of Canada et le Conseil des Arts du Canada.

PoeARTry Playoffs

This September 17th at 7:30pm the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is teaming up with the PEI Writer’s Guild and the UPEI Writing Centre to host an evening of inspiration, creation and competition not to be missed! The poeARTry Playoffs aims to boisterously welcome UPEI students to Charlottetown’s creative community as part of the Community Roots orientation happening September 16-18, 2011. The evening will bring together poets, artists, enthusiasts, and students to compete in several rounds of on-the-spot poetry writing and art making. Creations will be evaluated by a panel of select judges and fabulous prizes will be up for grabs. The public is invited to participate by drawing and writing on the walls throughout the evening. This is a free, all-ages, event and a cash bar will be available. The poeARTry Playoffs promises to be an evening full of community connections and inconceivable entertainment; for more information contact B.J. McCarville from the Confederation Centre Art Gallery at [email protected]entre.com or Erin Casey from the UPEI Writing Centre at [email protected]

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Lunch Lunchtime Book Discussion

Drew Hayden TaylorMotorcycles and Sweetgrass was shortlisted for the Governor Generals Award in 2010, and Drew Hayden Taylor, a Native Author, Comedian, Playwright and filmmaker, will be visiting PEI on September 30th during the Pen & Inkling Festival. The public is invited to get in early on the conversation with the Confederation Centre Public Library’s lunchtime book discussion on Tuesday September 6th at 12 noon. A copy of this book is available from the Confederation Centre Public Library, and additional copies are for sale from the Bookmark at 172 Queen Street.


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