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 

 

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

Free & Paid Images for Personal & Commercial Use

A time-consuming thing it can be to find the right images for a project, whether that project is a book cover, poster, banner, or a social media header.  This list will expand with time, as I locate more of these websites, so come back often.  Please note that some of these websites may ask you to create an account, and it is probably a good thing that you do.  Read through their Licensing Terms & Conditions to be sure that you have the right to use, manipulate, and/or transform any image prior to downloading and using them.  Do the CYA and stay legal – you’ll save yourself a world of stress if you do.  Best of luck to you in your projects.

Deviant Art

Jeshoots

Yale Art Gallery

WDRFree

Travel Coffee Book – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of TravelCoffeeBook.com under Creative Commons License.

Gratisography

StokPic

NOAA Photo Library

Picography

Death To The Stock Photo

UnSplash

GoodFree Photos

US Agriculture Image Gallery

Pexels – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of Pexels.com under Creative Commons License.

New York Public Library

PixABay

Public Domain Archive

FFCU – Free For Commercial Use

StockSnap

MorgueFile

National Gallery of Art

Europeana Collections

 

WordPress Plugins for Authors

Finding the right WordPress Plugin for the job you need to do can be a trying thing.  Here are just some of the best Plugins I’ve found so far.  When I’m ready to use one of these Plugins, I will update this list so you can see what I’ve done with it and how it’s working for me.  If you are using a Plugin that really works for you, please tell me about it so I can add it to the list.  I do hope you find the right solution to what you’re looking for.

Copyright Proof by Digiprove

WordPress Search – “books”

WordPress – Amazon Book Store

My Book Table by WP Bookstore

Novelist by Nose Graze

Author Showcase by Claire Ryan

Easy Slider by Matthew Ruddy

EasyRotator – Slider Plugin – DWUser.com 

Post Series by Miks Latvis

Organize Series by Darren Ethier

Google Doc Embedder by K Davis & D Lester

Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly

DownloadMonitor by Never5

WPLike2Get by Markus Drubba

Sociable by BlogPlay

Social Warfare by Warfare Plugins

WordPress to Twitter by Joseph Dolson

Twitter Widget Pro by Aaron Campbell

Facebook LikeBox Widget by S A Wu

Facebook Like Box by Vinoj Cardoza

AMP for Mobile Pages by Automattic

WP Customer Reviews by GoWeb Solutions

Revive Old Post – Auto Post to Social Media by Revive Social

Testimonials Widget by Axelerant

Events Manager by Marcus Sykes

All-in-one Event Calendar by Time.ly Network Inc.

All In One WP Security & Firewall by Tips & Tricks

Subscribe2 by M Robinson & T Lakhani

Web Forms by AWeber

S2 Membership Framework – by WebSharks, Inc

Jetpack by WordPress

MailPoet Newsletters by MailPoet

Yoast SEO by Team Yoast

Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP by Joost de Valk

Contact Form 7 by T Miyoshi

Disqus Comment System by Disqus

Amazon Link by Paul Stuttard

Image Widget by Modern Tribe, Inc.

Video Sidebar Widgets by Denzel Chia

Mail Munch – Grow Your Email List by MailMunch

Google Analytics for WordPress by Monster Insights

Broken Link Checker by J Elsts & V Prelovac

Akismet Anti-Spam by Automattic

Smush Image Compression

Search All Plugins by WPMU DEV

Canadian Copyright Act, Registration & Laws

It’s not enough to wing-it, don’t make any guesses here!  You cannot claim innocent to Copyright infringement – it’s a criminal offense – whether you know or don’t know, it is up to you to learn and find out, prior to writing anything about anyone, or their work.  Know how to protect your work, and understand how to prevent a potential lawsuit.  Here are the links to Canadian Copyright Law – the Act & Registration, Q&A, FAQ, and legal advice on all the Do’s and Don’ts.  Do the DIY and the CYA, you won’t regret it in the long term.

Government of Canada – Copyright Act & Registration

Government of Canada – Justice Laws Website Links

Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency

Copyright Clearance Center

Ryerson University of Candian Law – Copyrights – Libraries & Archives & Resources

McGraw-Hill Ryerson of Canadian Law – Canadian Copyright Law

Canadian Copyright Law – Do’s & Don’ts

Canadians BEWARE – Copyrights & NAFTA 

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