Member News – January 10, 2014

The WCDR is an organization of 300+ members. Our membership includes a full range of writers and we want to celebrate their achievements, promote their writing-related workshops, and spread the news about literary events they’re involved in. Check out what’s new this week with the WCDR community:

Member Paeans & Kudos:

Sharon Overend has a short story published in Descant Magazine, and would like to invite WCDR members to the book launch at Charlie’s Gallery, 112 Harbord Street in Toronto, Thursday, January 23, at 7 pm

Congratulations Sharon!

Member Call for Submissions:

Publish Your Poems, Stories, Memoirs, and More!

Sunshine in a Jar Press welcomes submissions to its new anthology “The Writing Spiral.”

We are looking for pieces about learning, teaching, mentoring, coaching, writing, changing, growing, creating, and sharing. We are looking for pieces about love, loss, joy, decadence, deprivation, hope, fear, friendship, family, work, social responsibility, health, culture, light, and darkness. This is a book for writers and writing book junkies. We aim to capture the spirit of anything to do with writing, creativity, and learning.

Go where the theme leads you. Why did you decide to become a writer? What makes a writer distinct? Describe the experience of learning. What does learning look like? Has learning to write changed you?  How does creativity move through your life? Writers of all ages, stages, and places welcome. Due March 1, 2014.

Sister Organization News:

Writers’ Community of York Region:

WCYR Poetry & Roses Contest opens January 9. Deadline: midnight EST on January 20, 2014.

WCYR is proud to announce the return of the Poetry and Roses contest for 2014!

Opens January  9, 2014. Contest closes midnight EST on January 20, 2014.

The first prize winner and honourable mentions will be notified by telephone and/or email by February 1, 2014.

The winning poem and selected honourable mentions will be published on the Writers’ Community of York Region website.

The winning poets will be invited to read their poems at the February 9, 2014 WCYR meeting.

Guest Judge is poet James Dewar. For details

Calling all Writers!

Writing Doesn’t Have to be a Solitary Act! And at WCDR, we all want to write together at RoundTable!

If you would like to lead a writing exercise at an upcoming meeting, please send us your proposal and we will get back to you soon. Sessions are 15 minutes long and should involve an active writing exercise for your fellow writers. Please include your experience in instruction with writers, your topic and a brief description of how you would conduct the session. Writing instructors will receive our thanks, and of course the wonderful opportunity to interact with fellow members from the podium. Thanks! We look forward to your proposals.

Please send proposals to call for submission call for submissions – deadline is December 10th 2013. is currently accepting submissions for its January 2014 Inspiration Issue. We are an online magazine written by women for women. We accept creative fiction, non-fiction, poetry and original photography that cover a variety of topics of interest to women. We are also looking for regular columnists to cover literature reviews and holistic health topics.  Please review our submission guidelines at Please send questions or submissions to


The Lamp Call for Submissions!

Call for Submissions!  The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2014 issue (Volume 4)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative-nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at  The deadline is December 31st, 2013!  Please follow our submission guidelines below.**

Submission Guidelines:

•             Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your name, email address, and degree in your email cover letter, but do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Only the co-editors-in-chief will have access to this information prior to printing

•             Documents should be attached in plain text, rich text, or Microsoft 2003 formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf or docx formats, or in hardcopy, will not be accepted

•             Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1” margins.  Please single-space

•             There is no word limit, but keep in mind we’re a small journal

•             There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit, but please be reasonable

•             Please edit your work carefully before submitting

** to learn more about The Lamp, visit

A Summertime One-Act Play Festival – Call for Submissions

A Summertime One-Act Play Festival is being planned for Muskoka and they are looking for performers, directors, producer, playwrights, and those who love theatre……

“We are currently seeking interested individuals/parties to join us in creating a one-act play festival for the Muskoka’s. We are looking to run it as an annual event, late summer, in the Muskoka region (August 22-24) in Huntsville, if we receive enough submissions by June 15th.”

So getting writing! I can’t think of anything more exciting than seeing your work being performed up on stage.

For more info see

Call for Submissions

I publish a number of small shopping/tourism guides and require short articles to fill the spaces between the ads, on a wide variety of subjects from how to put together a fun and fashionable wardrobe purchased at consignment shops . . . to personal heart-warming Mothers Day stories.  No expertise needed – articles should have a casual slant based on fun-loving personal experiences, 300-350 words in length – beginner writers through to published writers. I can offer $.12 per word for accepted articles/stories, writing only – no formatting or graphics required.

Please contact Cyndy Gervais at if interested