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Headlight 21: Call for Submissions


Headlight is an annual journal published by graduate students in the English Department of Concordia University. Headlight continues to publish the best in contemporary creative writing, both from Concordia students and from the greater Montreal community. The anthology publishes poetry, short fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, as well as photography and mixed media. Our mandate is to publish new and exciting voices, strengthen our local emerging community of writers, and represent Concordia University and Montreal within the Canadian writing and publishing scene.

This year, for Headlight‘s 21s birthday, we are looking for submissions which explore the theme of Interruptions:

What happens when your headlight breaks? Or maybe even your entire car? We’ve come to expect and even rely on such breakdowns or interruptions in everyday life. Big or small, exciting or irritating, interruptions take us down new paths or, at the very least, force us to stop and think about power relations, about traditions and innovations, about vulnerability.

We now interrupt this program to give you a chance to tell us about your own most intriguing interruptions.

Deadline: midnight on Dec 15


You can submit:

Fiction (up to 2000 words)

Poetry (3 poems or up to 3 pages)

Non-fiction (up to 2000 words)

Visual Art (up to 3 images)

Email submissions to


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We’re celebrating the release of our 20th issue with a night of readings! Come out to hear pieces from the journal, and to meet our lovely contributors and editorial team. Copies of the journal will be available for purchase.



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Extended Deadline

We’ve extended our deadline for our call for Submissions and call for Editors!

We will now be accepting works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual arts until Sunday, December 20th at midnight from fellow Concordians, Alumni, and residents of Montreal. Any fellow Concordia English Graduate students who are interested in helping out with the vetting and editorial process also have until Sunday, December 20th at midnight to submit a cover letter and CV.

Please submit your work in .doc or .docx format to and provide a 100-word bio in the body of the email. All personal information should be removed from the work you’re submitting. Please note that we do not accept work that has already been published.

short-fiction (max 2000 words)

creative non-fiction (max 2000 words)

poetry (max 3 pages)

drama (max 2000 words)

mixed media (max 3 jpg)


We are now accepting submissions for
Headlight 19: SOLIPSIST

Concordia students, alumni, and current residents of Montréal are encouraged to submit work to Concordia’s graduate literary anthology. Explore and interpret this year’s theme of SOLIPSIST through self-revelations, self circulations, selfies, and getting stuck in your own head.

  • Fiction (up to 2000 words)
  • Poetry (up to three pages or three poems)
  • Non-fiction (up to 2000 words)
  • Visual Art (up to three images)

Email submissions to

Written submissions should be in .doc or .docx format, and visual submissions should be high resolution .tiff and .jpg formats.

Please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Deadline: December 15, 2015.




Deadline Extended on Issue 18 Call for Submissions

No time to submit your stories, poems, and artwork to Headlight? Don’t panic! We’re extending our submissions deadline another week, to Dec. 17, 2014.

We’re still accepting the following from Concordia students and alumni:

· Fiction (up to 3000 words)
· Poetry (up to five pages or five poems)
· Non-fiction (up to 3000 words)
· Visual Art (up to five images)

Email submissions to

Written submissions should be in .doc or .docx format, and visual submissions should be high resolution .tiff and .jpg formats.

Happy holidays!

2015 SLS-DISQUIET Literary Contest

Summer Literary Seminars have begun a new collaboration with DISQUIET – winners of 2015′s literary contest will be rewarded with tuition, airfare, and accommodations at the 2015 DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Not too shabby!

Note: there is a mandatory $17 application fee for each entry.

Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications.

The winner of the Graywolf Prize for the best novel excerpt of an emerging writer (you must have published no more than two novels) will receive full tuition for the DISQUIET program in Lisbon, Portugal, as well as publication on the Graywolf website.

The winner of the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry will receive free tuition for the 2015 SLS Residencies program in Lithuania, as well as publication online.

The winner of the Sutzkever Prize will receive free tuition for the 2015 SLS Residencies program in Lithuania, as well as publication online.

See contest details and regulations here.

Biblioasis 10th Anniversary Montreal Bash

Biblioasis’s 10th Anniversary

September 22nd, 7-10PM
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Library

Join Biblioasis as we celebrate ten years of great books and indie publishing! Co-presented by the QWF, our Montreal celebration on September 22nd will serve as the launch of The Freedom in American Songs by Kathleen Winter and Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page, and will also feature readings from Robyn Sarah, Alice Petersen, Norm Sibum, Joshua Trotter, Catherine Chandler, and Mauricio Segura, as well as a panel discussion hosted by CBC Homerun’s Richard King! Snacks and refreshments will be available, and attendees can enter to win a grand book giveaway. We will be in a festive mood, and proudly (and loudly) tilting at windmills. Bibliophiles unite!



Montreal Biblio-Bash

Words & Music features Trio 69, Ricky Leach and MORE

On Sunday July 20th the Words & Music Show takes place at 8:30 at Casa del Popolo’s performance space (enter at 4873 St-Laurent, Montreal) and will feature Trio 69, Ricky Leach, 3 visiting writers and music by FayeMoose Four. Admission is $6 or PWYC

Trio 69 describes itself as follows: “Trio 69 (Heather Eaton – voice, Brandon Goodwin – percussion/melodica, Kayla Milmine – soprano saxophone) will perform a bedtime story set that weaves together Maritime folk songs and ballads, spoken word pieces and dream narratives, improvisation and soundscapes. Through this process, they create a kind of show-and-tell from a collection of what high tide left behind. Trio 69 has been performing for live audiences at various venues in Montréal since 2011, including: (the late) Bar L’Absynthe; Le Cagibi; Mainline Theatre; Les Pas Sages; Burritoville; Cabaret Playhouse and Cafe Shaika. Casa del Popolo, however, is their favourite venue and they are giddy with glee to be on the Casa stage once again for this edition of Words + Music!”

Ricky Leach, an artist from Cambridge, England working primarily in performances of lyrical music. Her works reside languidly in a damp-slackened web of humor, pathos, detachment, self-analysis and the sublime. Two albums of her work are available on bandcamp for an independent label in the UK called Lost Toys Records, she is currently working on a third and a fourth. She has been living in Montreal for the last few months and performs regularly. Mark Zuckerburg will always be able to tell you where.

Our visiting writers are Kelsey Knight from Ontario, Josh Quirion out of Bishop’s University and Esmé Stumborg out of Vancouver.

The one wordless act for the evening is headed by British saxophonist Faye MacCalmon, who in her short time in Montreal has been finding many homes for her excellent free jazz. The band is called Fayemoose 4, and consists of Belinda Campbell the powah pianist, Raphael Foisy-Couture the bass whisperer, Felix Antoine-Hamel the horn blower, and Faye MacCalman the wisdom giver. The group explore spontaneous melody through their percussionless sound and improvisatory approach. In 2006 they were offered a major record deal, but they opted out in favour of the simple life and chord crushes that can make glass break, if someone drops a glass. The music is sincere and conversational, with all players believing in an organic attitude towards music making.

The Words & Music Show is hosted by poet and performer Ian Ferrier. It is sponsored by the Quebec Writers’ Federation, CKUT 90.3FM and Wired on Words Productions.

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Seize the opportunity to try your hand at long-form fiction, and share your stories at weekly workshop sessions. Throughout the course, students will gain practice in various aspects of fiction writing. By the end of the course, students will complete an outline and a portion of their novella or novel.

CEJN 120/D1
Mondays.  Jun. 23, 2014 to Aug. 11, 2014.
17:45 – 20:15
Cost: $255 CDN
Taught by author, instructor and creativity coach Elizabeth Johnston. She is the author of No Small Potatoes, a creative non-fiction book about food security. Elizabeth has had over 100 articles published in newspapers and magazines, her poetry is included in the anthology, A Room at the Heart of Things, and her most recent project is the creation of the video poem, Keepsake.


To register in person, go to Concordia’s Centre for Continuing Education located at
1600 Ste-Catherine West, First Floor (FB 117) or call the Centre at (514) 848-3600.
You can also contact the Centre by email:
As well, full registration details are available from the Centre’s website:


Here are some comments from those who have taken workshops with or been coached in writing by Elizabeth:


  • ·         Brava to a real great teacher! I have found that you have helped me immensely, and certainly inspired me to actually begin what I have wanted to do for some time. All of your suggestions and exercises have been most helpful, and getting the participants involved with criticism of others’ work is both interesting and worthwhile. Virginia LeMoyne, Montreal, Qc
  • ·         You have the ability to unlock whatever ‘treasures’ are in my mind. Your guidance and direction were just what I needed. Marilyn Golden, Pierrefonds, Qc
  • ·         Elizabeth is very patient. she makes class fun! A very generous and warm teacher. David Turpie, Montreal, Qc
  • ·         I was very inspired by your method of focusing our writing on everyday subjects. It surely made me very attentive in class, and I was able to produce beyond my own expectations. Gwen Goring, St. Hubert, Qc
  • ·         Thanks, Elizabeth, for radically changing my life! Marianne, Montreal, Canada
  • ·         Your compassion and caring nature is greatly appreciated by my sensitive self. Dawn Ford, Montreal, Quebec
  • ·         Elizabeth was an incredible source of insight and inspiration. Lisa Starbard, Massachusetts


Vallum Poetry Contest

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry is now accepting original and previously unpublished submissions for the annual Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. First Prize: $750, Second Prize: $250, + publication in the magazine. Deadline: July 15th, 2014. Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke. Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum. Get your word on!

Entry Fee: $25 (includes a 1 year subscription to Vallum. Entries accepted by Paypal and by posted mail. For more information visit: