(To those who wonder, “If I lay off blogging and Facebook for 2 months, will I free up enough time to write a masterpiece?” my guess is “No, but you will reach the ‘expert’ level in Sudoku.”)
There’s a whole new batch of writing contests with looming deadlines you should know about:
For young writers:
If you’re a young adult just a tad too old to quality for the kids’ contests, try the PEN International/New Voices Award. Open to unpublished writers aged 18-30 via submissions to their local PEN chapter. Deadlines (from now to May 22nd) vary by country. Canadian deadline April 26th. For information, visit PEN Canada (or your national PEN chapter).
For adults of any age who write for children, the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award is accepting submissions for just a few more days. Original stories reflecting global diversity written for young children (especially up to age 7, i.e., stories not chapter books) will be received until March 20th. For details, visit the PACE Canada website.
And that’s it for now. I hope to return Friday with a fable.