Writers’ Trust announces future Berton House residents

>>From the Writers’ Trust of Canada

January 19, 2015Toronto – The Writers’ Trust of Canada is announcing the 2015–16 slate of writers to attend the Berton House Writers’ Retreat, Canada’s most sought after residency program. Each writer will travel to Dawson City, Yukon, to live and work for three months in the childhood home of noted Canadian author Pierre Berton. Past writers-in-residence include Charlotte Gray, Lawrence Hill, and Joan Thomas.

“The Writers’ Trust is proud to offer authors the opportunity to immerse themselves both in their works in progress and in Dawson City’s flourishing arts community,” said Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers’ Trust. “Berton House is a unique sanctuary and a residency there provides a once in a lifetime experience.”

The writers selected are:

Emily Pohl-Weary (July to September 2015)

Pohl-Weary has published six books, a series of girl-pirate comics, and her own literary magazine. During her residency she will work on a semi-autobiographical novel set in the late 1980s/early 1990s in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood.

Kim Fu (October to December 2015)

Fu is a resident of West Vancouver and the author of the novel For Today I Am a Boy. She is working on her second novel, which follows a young woman who, after the sudden death of her husband, seeks out her sister-in-law in a cult-like rural commune.

Shelagh Plunket (January to March 2016)

Plunket is the Montreal-based author of the childhood memoir The Water Here Is Blue. She is currently at work on Caught by All That’s Come Before, an examination of “ways that our identities are shaped by how we respond to events that we participate in or that we witness.”

Shauntay Grant (April to June 2016)

Grant is a writer and storyteller and past Poet Laureate of Halifax. While at Berton House she will work on proof, a middle grade poetry novel that follows a young boy’s efforts to document a marginalized Black Nova Scotian community.


About the Selection Process

The program received 85 applications from writers across the country. The selection committee was composed of two past writers-in-residence, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail and Andrew Pyper, and Meg Walker, a writer and artist based in Dawson City.


About the Berton House Writers’ Retreat

Created in 1996, Berton House provides a three-month residency for writers in Pierre Berton’s childhood home in Dawson City. Writers receive a monthly honorarium, perform public readings, and are encouraged to become involved with the community. Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline are eligible. The program is administered and funded by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Support is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, Dawson City Community Library, Klondike Visitors Association, and Whitehorse Public Library. Travel assistance is provided by Aeroplan through their Beyond Miles program. For further information visit bertonhouse.ca.

The current writer-in-residence is Nicole Dixon, a writer from New Waterford, Nova Scotia, working on a collection of stories about modern day Cape Breton Island. In April, Toronto-based poet Jacob Scheier begins his residency.

Writers’ Trust of Canada announces 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

>>From the Writers’ Trust of Canada

For the 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, a prize of $5,000 will be awarded for the best work of poetry. Two honourable mentions will each receive $1,000 prizes.

To be eligible candidates must be:

  •  A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  •  Under the age of 35 as of the deadline
  •  Unpublished in book form and without a book contract
  •  Previously published in an independently edited literary magazine, journal, or anthology

Candidates should submit 5 – 10 pages of previously unpublished poetry. Manuscript pages must not include identifying information and should be consecutively numbered.

By submitting to this award, candidates grant the Writers’ Trust of Canada permission to publish their work in print and digital formats should they be shortlisted. All rights reserved by the author.


Ontario Library Association announces 2015 award recipients

>>From the Ontario Library Association

TORONTO, ON (January 13, 2015): From innovative programs to a longstanding commitment to the library field, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) is thrilled to announce our 2015 award recipients. Awards will be presented to recipients during the annual OLA Super Conference, held from Jan 28 – 31. We recognize each recipient’s outstanding achievements and contribution to their communities.

The award winners are:

  •  OLA President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement: Leading Learning Project by the Canadian Library Association
  •  OLA Larry Moore Distinguished Service Awards: Ken Haycock of Ken Haycock & Associates Inc and Ken Roberts of Hamilton Public Library
  • OLA Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award: Kathy Scardellato of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL)
  •  OLA Media and Communications Awards: The Grand 92.9, Fergus, ON and CBC Radio 1
  •  OLA Technical Services Award: Connie Mitchell of the Durham District School Board
  •  L’Association des bibliothèques de l’Ontario-Franco’s (ABO-Franco) Prix Micheline-Persaud: Carole Marion of the West Nipissing Public Library
  • Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA) Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim Brett of the University of Guelph
  •  Ontario Library Information Technology Association (OLITA) Project Award: Cultivating a Hacker Ethic by Innisfil Public Library & IdeaLAB
  • Ontario Public Library Association (OPLA) Advocacy in Action: Excellence in Children’s or Teen Services Award: The Staff of the Atikokan Public Library
  •  OPLA Children’s or Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award: Nadia Danyluk of the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library
  •  OPLA Award for Leadership in Adult Readers’ Advisory: Sharron Smith, Kitchener Public Library
  •  OPLA Lifetime Achievement Award: Susan Warren of the Rideau Lakes Public Library
  • Ontario School Library Association (OSLA) Administrator of the Year Award: Dr. Clara Howitt of the Greater Essex County District School Board
  • OSLA Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award: Judith Andersen of the Durham District School Board

Congratulations to all award recipients! More information on the awards is available at www.accessola.com/awards.

TWUC announces 22nd Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers

>>From The Writers’ Union of Canada

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to launch its 22nd Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, which invites writers to submit a piece of fiction or non-fiction of up to 2,500 words in the English language that has not previously been published in any format. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to a Canadian writer not published in a book format. The entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2015.

The Union initiated the Short Prose Competition in 1993 in honour of its 20th anniversary. The Competition aims to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of short prose. “The Short Prose Competition attracts a wide pool of talented writers,” notes the Union’s Executive Director, John Degen. “The quality of the writing continues to impress with each passing year.”

The Union is proud to announce an esteemed group of jurors for the Competition. Vancouver-based environmental journalist and author Arno Kopecky’s second book, The Oil Man and the Sea, won the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and was shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Award. His writing has appeared in such publications as The Walrus, Foreign Policy, The Globe and Mail, and Reader’s Digest. Donna Morrissey is the award-winning author of Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance, What They Wanted, Sylvanus Now (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize), and the children’s book Cross Katie Cross. Originally from Newfoundland, she now lives in Halifax. Retired Professor of English, University of Winnipeg, Uma Parameswaran is known for her contributions to the emerging field of South Asian Canadian Literature, writing novels, short stories, and poetry. Her works include A Cycle of the Moon, Sisters at the Well, The Sweet Smell of Mother’s Milk-wet Bodice, and the Canadian Authors’ Association Jubilee Award-winning What Was Always Hers.

The competition is open to Canadian residents who have not had a book published and who do not have a contract with a book publisher. Submissions are accepted online (along with a $29 entry fee per submission) at www.writersunion.submittable.com by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on March 1, 2015. The winner will be announced in May 2015. For complete rules and regulations, please go to www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition.

The Writers’ Union of Canada is the national organization representing professional book authors. Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. For more information, please visit www.writersunion.ca.

New Offerings for Canadian Colleges & Universities from Access Copyright

>>From Access Copyright

Access Copyright announces new offerings and related services for Canadian Colleges & Universities, available beginning July 1, 2015—part of a renewed commitment to serving the content and copyright management needs of educators.

Details of new offerings for Canadian colleges & universities.

This announcement marks the first phase of new, market-focused services from Access Copyright. The offerings were developed with input from Access Copyright’s post-secondary education customers and are designed to provide greater convenience, value and choice along with appropriate rewards for the creators and publishers whose works are valued and used everyday.

Access Copyright’s repertoire includes most of the titles published in Canada and 28 other countries. The new offerings deliver convenient, pre-cleared permission to copy up to 20% of a covered publication—a faster, more convenient and cost-effective one-stop solution for managing copyright permissions.

“We recognize the advances many institutions have made on content dissemination and the centralized management of copyright,” said Roanie Levy, Executive Director of Access Copyright. “We’ve been across the country speaking to academic librarians and copyright administrators about their needs. Our message to them today is simple: Thank you. We hear you. We are changing.”

Available July 1, 2015

See more about the new offerings from Access Copyright on their website.

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