Headlight Anthology

A publication for the Concordia Creative Writing community

Reminder: 5 Days Left to Submit to Headlight!

We’re looking for:

  • 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 headlightanthology@gmail.com

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

Deadline: December 10, 2014.

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.

Daphne Marlatt & Diane Wakoski: Performing the SpokenWeb Archive

EVENT: Daphne Marlatt & Diane Wakoski: Performing the SpokenWeb Archive (Open to the Public)
Friday November 21st, 2014
Exhibits at 6:00 P.M.
Reading at 7:00 P.M.
Grey Nun’s Building
Room: GN-M100
Address: 1185 Rue Saint Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H 2H6
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8000

The SSHRC IG SpokenWeb Research Team is pleased to announce its second event in the “Performing the Spoken Word Archive” series. The event will be held Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. It will feature readings by poets Daphne Marlatt and Diane Wakoski. Marlatt, a member of the Order of Canada and winner of the Dorothy Livesay prize in poetry for The Given. She has written close to thirty books. Diane Wakoski was a Distinguished Professor and Poet in Residence at Michigan State University from 1975 – 2012. Her work has been published in more than 25 collections, including most notably The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems in 1972 from Simon & Schuster and a book of selected poems, Emerald Ice, published in 1989, which won The William Carlos Williams prize from the Poetry Society of America.
As a live SpokenWeb event this reading will explore how an archive can re-enter public space and become performance. In this event the authors will “read alongside their past selves”–that is, selections of archival audio recorded during the Sir George Williams University Poetry Reading Series (1966-1974). The event will also feature listening stations from the SpokenWeb Oral History project where audience members can listen to past interviews conducted by the team. Furthermore, there will be an onsite memory clinic where audience members can enter a private booth where they will be invited to record their experiences with the event or performed poetry more generally.


Oral Literary History: The Poetics of Real Life Stories with Daphne Marlatt & Diane Wakoski

Oral Literary History: The Poetics of Real Life Stories with Daphne Marlatt & Diane Wakoski (Open to the Public)
Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

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Friday November 21st at 11am-12pm

Well known poets Daphne Marlatt, a member of the Order of Canada and winner of the Dorothy Livesay prize in poetry for The Given, and Diane Wakoski a Distinguished Professor and Poet in Residence at Michigan State University from 1975 – 2012 and winner of The William Carolos Williams prize from the Poetry Society of America for her work Emerald Ice will be giving a talk. Their discussion will focus on oral history and poetry in order to explore the manner in which memories, facts and fiction intertwine when writing poems. Wakoski whose work has been published in over twenty-five collections creates innovative poems encapsulated in epistolary text, so that the four books can be read as a progression from her epistolary. Marlatt who has published almost thirty books, has also published a work based in oral history entitled Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End: Strathcona. We hope you will be able to join us for this engaging discussion!



Headlight Anthology is now accepting submissions for Issue 18. Concordia students and alumni are encouraged to submit work in the following categories:

  • 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 headlightanthology@gmail.com in .doc or .docx format.

Visual submissions should be high resolution .tiff or .jpg formats.

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

Deadline: December 10th, 2014.




Headlight, Concordia University’s graduate creative writing anthology, is currently looking for editors:

Creative Non-Fiction
Visual Art

Editors will be responsible for vetting submissions (in cooperation with Editors-in-Chief) and working directly with writers throughout the revision process.

Graduate students in the English and Fine Arts departments are encouraged to apply.

Email a brief cover letter along with a CV to: headlightanthology@gmail.com

DEADLINE: Oct. 15, 2014

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.

For more information write to the



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: cce@concordia.ca
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: www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html