Novels & Poetry ~ Awards, Contests & Reviews

The possibilities are endless and these links will take you all over the globe.  There are an abundance of Writers Awards, Contests, and even free Reviews out there for the grabbing.  There is money available and having your name listed on any of these Awards and Websites is a true honor for any author.  Are you seeking one in particular?  You might find it here, if not, please let me know and I will add it to the list.

American Book Fest Awards

ARC Contemporary Poetry Magazine

Augur Magazine

Autumn House Press Book Awards

Axiom Business Book Awards 

Barnes & Noble New Writers Program 

Ben Franklin Awards 

Blank Spaces Canadian Literary Arts Magazine

Book Festivals Publishing Events Around the World 

Brick Magazine Literary Journal 

Canada Book Awards

Canadian Authors Literary Awards 

Canadian Children’s Book Center CCBC Book Awards

Canadian Children’s Book Center Marilyn Bailie Picture Book Award 

Canadian Council of Arts Governor General’s Literary Awards 

Canadian Jewish Literary Awards 

Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award

Canadian Literature Quarterly Criticism & Review 

Canthius Feminism & Literary Arts 

Capilano Review of Writing & Art 

Carte Blanche Magazine 

Carousel Literary Arts Magazine 

CBC Books & Literary Prizes 

Chanticleer Book Reviews & Contests 

Crime Writers of Canada Book Awards 

Claremont Review 

CV2 Contemporary Verse 2 Canadian Journal of Poetry & Critical Writing 

Dan Pynter’s Global Ebook Awards 

Dalhousie Review Literary Journal 

Digital Book World Award 

Epic eBook Competition 

Eric Hoffer Award 

Event Magazine Poetry & Prose Contest 

Exile Writers Quarterly 

Existere Journal of Arts & Literature 

Feathertale

Fiddlehead Annual Literary Contest 

Filling Station 

Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Awards 

Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards 

Grain Magazine Journal of Eclectic Writing

Geist Culture Magazine 

Geoffrey Bilson Award Young Adult Historical Fiction – PDF Download 

Hart House Review

Hazlitt Net Fiction Poetry 

HA&L Hamilton Arts & Letters 

Humber Literary Review Contests 

Hugo Awards 

Ibby Canada Children’s Literature & National Awards 

Indie Excellence Awards 

IR Indiana Poetry Review 

International Book Awards 

Kindle Scout 

Kirkus Book Prize 

Literary Classics International Book Awards & Reviews 

Literary Review of Canada Poetry 

Mackinac Magazine 

Magpie Award for Poetry 

Malahat Review Poetry Fiction Nonfiction Contests 

Man Booker Prize for Fiction – PDF Download 

Man Booker International Prize – PDF Download 

Maynard Online Poetry Magazine 

Montreal Review 

Mystery Writers of America Awards 

National Book Foundation Award 

National Indie Excellence Award 

National Book Foundation Awards 

Nautilus Book Awards 

Nobel Prize 

Notes And Queries Literary Culture 

On Spec Canadian Magazine 

Pen – Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction 

Poets & Writers – Grants Awards & Contests 

Prairie Fire Canadian Writer’s Magazine Contests 

Prairie Journal 

Prism Canadian & International Contemporary Writing Contests 

Pulitzer Prizes 

Puritan Magazine Thomas Morton Memorial Prize 

Pushcart Prize 

Queen’s Quarterly 

Random House, The O. Henry Prize Stories 

Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews & Contests 

Reader Views Literary Awards 

Romance Writers of America Awards & Contests Links 

Rubery Book Award Competition 

RULA Ryerson University Library & Archives 

Room Magazine Fiction & Poetry Contests 

Scotiabank Giller Prize 

Shelf Media Group Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition 

Story Monster Dragonfly Book Awards 

Sub-Terrain Annual Literary Awards 

Taste Canada Awards Culinary Books 

TD Canada Canadian Children’s Literature Awards 

Understorey Magazine 

Vallum Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Award 

Walrus Amazon Canada First Novel Award 

Windsor Review 

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Ebook Awards 

Writer’s Trust of Canada Awards 

Writers Union of Canada Self-Published Awards 

 

An Interview with Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight interviewed me recently, and what a bunch of wonderful and professional people they are. Thank you Author Spotlight for the opportunity to chat with you about my book, ‘Cocooning The Butterfly’. You can read the entire interview HERE.

 

 

 

We Were Poor But We Had Love

My family was a musical family.  Guitars, a few beers, and homemade rootbeers chilling on ice in the picnic coolers.  Fire roaring in the backyard firepit, kids running around dribbling mustard and ketchup from their barbequed hot dogs, the dog yapping in the background begging to be untied and wanting to play, the tunes filling the air and dancers swaying or stomping to the music; another serious ya-hoo was about to commence.  Grammas and Grampas tapped their feet while rocking in the rocking chair, infants and little ones cuddled up on their laps.  My sisters sang and played their guitars, spoons, tambourines, and squeezebox right along with my brother’s guitar and my father’s harmonica, as they played and sang all of those old country and western songs, mixing in a few rock and roll, or blues songs when Mom wasn’t paying attention.

I miss those times.  I miss my parent’s laughter and my grandparent’s warmth, but those memories will always be with me.  I just wished that I had a way to bring my memories out of my mind and into films to share with everyone.  I suppose that’s why I write books now; using words to paint the pictures that float in my mind with fond emotion or tragedy.  Life in a big family – eleven children from one couple – it was a hard life, and we were not well-off, but the love that filled our home, never held any bounds or limits.  We always had good food, a warm bed, clean clothes, a few toys to share in play, hugs, laughter, and my parent’s hand of discipline was always fair and just.

I grew up listening to my brother singing songs by Merryl Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, Chris Christopherson, and George Thorogood, and so many other great musical artists.  My sisters sang songs by Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Anne Murray, Dolly Pardon, Reba McEntire, Rita Coolidge, and so many others.  Country music was the chosen genre. To this day country music is a very real part of my life.  I enjoy songs that tell a story, a tale or offer advice, insight, or tell of a lesson and experience.  Today, my imagination can run rampant with ideas as scenes flash in my mind while listening to certain songs, songs that bring you back in time when men made promises and women worked alongside their men to create a life of stability, honor, and truth.  I gain inspiration, insight, knowledge, and receive the advice offered while listening to the past music world that I grew up in.  We were poor, but we had love.

Even today, in the state of our current world, these musical greats and their vocals tell it like it is.

Canadian Traditional, Self-Publishing & Hybrid Publishers

Just some of the Publishing Firms I’ve found so far, and most are Canadian based – the majority of which are listed members of the Canadian Publishers Association – however, some may have offices located in other countries. Finding the right method of publishing, or publisher, is like finding a needle in a haystack. Be aware! Not all traditional publishers are the same, and they all have their own methods and procedures for manuscript submissions. I personally, chose to publish with a ‘hybrid’ publisher – Book Baby – because I wanted the control, ownership, and rights to my work, but I also wanted the best royalties available, as well as a distribution channel that reached the world. I got all of that, in one easy to use control dashboard, where I can do anything and everything an author would want or need to do to publish, promote, market, sell, advertise and offer discounts or coupons. I wish you all the best on your journey.

Flanker Press

University of Alberta Press

Formac Publishers

ARP Books

Boulder Publications

Essence Publishing

Signature Editions

Orca Books Canada

Coteau Books

McGraw Hill Educational

Talon Books

Dunburn Publishing

Great Plains Publishing

ECW Press

Breakwater Books

Palimpsest Press

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Brick Books

Book Thug Publishing

Invisible Publishing

Mansfield Press

TouchWood Editions

Arsenal Pulp Press

Ryland Peters & Small

Nimbus Publishing

Caitlin Press Inc

NeWest Press

Second Story Press

Guernica Editions

Douglas & McIntyre

The Porcupine’s Quill

House of Anansi

Heritage House Publishing

Goose Lane Publishing

Anvil Press

Hancock House Publishers

New Star Books

Playwrights Canada Press

Tradewind Books

Fitzhenry & Whiteside 

Austin Macauley Publishers

Pemmican Publications

Thistledown Press

Harper Collins Canada

Between The Lines Publishing

Inanna Publications

Barlow Books

Penguin Random House Canada

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishers

Cormorant Books

Turnstone Press

Coach House Books

 

 

Free & Paid Video Footage Resources

Like books, music, paintings, and photographs, video also falls into the public domain and/or copyright protection.  Please be sure to check and double-check that you have the appropriate license and usage rights prior to downloading and/or using any video for any of your projects.  This list will continue to expand as I find more websites offering free & paid video, so please check back often.  If you know of a great website, please let me know.

Public Domain Review

YouTube & Creative Commons

Wikimedia Commons

Wikipedia Sound Files

Choral Public Domain Library

Vimeo Creative Commons

Archive.org/Video

Archives.org/prelinger

Videezy

Videvo & Videvo’s Stock Footage

Coverr

Pexels Videos

NASA (SoundCloud) & Usage Guide

National Park Services

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