Headlight Anthology

A publication for the Concordia Creative Writing community

21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers – $2,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2014 for the 21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

$2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.

Writers Mark Abley, Ranj Dhaliwal, and Erin Dunham will serve as the jury.

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.

Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.
Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $29 per entry.
Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2014 to be eligible.
Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in May 2014. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Poets, Dancers Lullabyes and Holly This Weekend

This weekend Wired on Words presents a concert Saturday afternoon and a variety show Sunday night

On Saturday December 14th at 4:30 the Lyrical series at Resonance presents jazz singer Lullabye Baxter. Admission is free but your contributions help us keep Lyrical performances alive. Resonance is at 5175a ave. du Parc.

Then on Sunday December 15th at 8:30 the Words & Music Show presents our last excellent show of the year, featuring:

- a solo performance by Holly Gauthier Frankel
(AKA burlesque’s Miss Sugarpuss) and
- poet and novelist Mark Lavorato, and
- dance and music with Karen Fennel and Jackie Gallant
- and Lullabye Baxter!

the show takes place at

Casa del Popolo
4873, boul. St-Laurent, Montreal
Sunday December 15th
doors 8PM; show 9PM

Lyrical and The Words and Music Show are presented by Wired on Words Productions. They are hosted by Montreal poet/performer Ian Ferrier and presented in collaboration with Resonance Cafe, Casa del Popolo, the Quebec Writers’ Federation and CKUT 90.3FM

For more information on the performers, see the BACKGROUND section below, or write to the



Lullaby Baxter is a Canadian jazz singer. Her first album, Capable Egg, was released in 2000 by Atlantic Records, and her 2006 album Garden Cities of To-morrow was released by Boompa Records.

The Village Voice has called her “cerebrally seductive” and compared her to Peggy Lee, while Pitchfork Media has compared her to Ella Fitzgerald.

Holly Gauthier-Frankel is a Montréal-born-and-raised, bona fide multiple-threat entertainer and neo-Vaudevillian performer. A singer, actor, writer, teacher and Burlesque dancer, Holly has been a professional in show business and vocal work for over 25 years, lending her voice to Emmy-Award-winning cartoons, and hundreds of tv shows and albums. But it’s as her burlesque alter-ego, Miss Sugarpuss, that she has garnered the most critical acclaim. Having toured her brand of neo-burlesque throughout Canada, the States and to Tokyo, Japan, Miss Sugarpuss has also been a Fringe Festival darling both with her 2005 show “Miss Sugarpuss and her Burley-Q Revue!!!,” and 2010’s “Miss Sugarpuss Must Die!,” which won the Centaur Theatre Best English Production Award, and went on to play at Montreal’s Wildside Festival and at the Segal Theatre’s Studio space.

Karen Fennell is a contemporary dance artist with a penchant for speaking words into a microphone. Jackie Gallant is a contemporary musician with a penchant for banging on things, strumming things and occasionally saying things out loud. Together they make playful, offbeat performances that may one day be labeled as genre-bending, post-dance, neo-rock, space-time-continuum-bending works of artistic genius. Or they may just become forerunners in the House Concerts for Domestic Pets movement. It’s hard to tell at this point which direction it will go.

Mark Lavorato is a musician, photographer, and professional nomad. His 3rd novel, Serafim & Claire, is forthcoming with House of Anansi in January 2014. His freelance work has been published in over twenty-five magazines including Ascent, Orange Room Review, and Poetry Canada. Mark is the author of a collection of poetry called Wayworn Wooden Floors (2012), and his first novel, Veracity (2007) is available on his website at marklavorato.com.

Submit! Submit! Submit!

The deadline to submit to Headlight Anthology is just two short days away! So make sure you get those submissions in by midnight on Thursday, December 12th!

Lyrical Afternoon Concert Series: Performance of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space

This Saturday December 7th at 4:30 PM Resonance Café continues its Lyrical series of afternoon concerts and presentations with a performance of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space.

Interstellar Space was Coltrane’s last studio album–a deep, intense duet for saxophone and percussion. On this occasion it will be performed by Nouveau Jazz Libre du Québec, a collaboration between percussionist Guy Thouin and Bryan Highbloom on sax. Thouin was a member of the original Quatuor du Jazz Libre du Québec (1967 -1975)

The two players were the subjects of a recent documentary about the origins of free jazz in Québec culture in the 60s and 70s. Entitled “L’alea du réel” it was created by Jules Bernier.

Resonance Café is located at 5175a ave. du Parc, Montreal.

The Lyrical series is curated in collaboration with Montreal poet/performer Ian Ferrier, whose own performance work often mixes words, music and dancers. So expect a wide range of material over the course of the series. There is no strict admission price. If you like the show, a contribution of $5 – $7 would be much appreciated and would help us continue to present new work each week.

Soliloquies 18.1 Launch


The time has finally come! As the semester comes to a close and the weather gets colder, come warm up at Divan Orange and help us celebrate the launch of Soliloquies 18.1, our online issue.

Soliloquies has put a ton of work into this issue and we are super excited to share this night with you.

With a great line-up of talented contributors, a special musical performance and tons of great company, it will be a great way to kick off the holiday season.

Doors at 5 pm. Reading begins at 6:00 pm.

The event is FREE. Soliloquies 16 & 17 will be available for purchase at $5 each. The first 15 people to buy a copy will get a FREE DRINK on us!

All of the proceeds of the event will go to the Kids Write Club, a Montreal based children’s literacy program.

Featuring the literary stylings of:

Isaac Senechal
Tess Roby
Simon Banderob
Bukem Reitmayer
Kailey Havelock

and more!

Musical Performance: TBA

Hope to see you there!



Visual Arts Centre School of Art/McClure Gallery Poetry and Prose Reading

Visual Arts Centre

School of Art / McClure Gallery



350 Victoria Avenue, Westmount  Tel: 514-488-9558

Founder/ producer Ilona Martonfi Tel: 514-939-4173


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Doors 7:00 pm   Reading 7:30 pm   At the door $5

 An Evening of Poetry, Prose & Music

 Stephen Morrissey’s latest book is Girouard Avenue. Visit the poet at www.stephenmorrissey.ca.

 Barry Webster His novel The Lava in My Bones was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award, Dayne Ogilvie Award & the Lambda Literary Award.

 Carolyne Van Der Meer First book, Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience, forthcoming with Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.

 Keith Henderson’s novels include The Restoration, The Beekeeper, The Roof Walkers; short stories, The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, all with DC Books.

 Colleen Gray continues to vacillate between poetry, academic writing and being a professor of History at McGill and Concordia Universities.

 Brian Campbell’s second poetry collection is Passenger Flight (Signature Editions, 2009). Published widely; shortlisted for 2006 CBC Literary Award.

 Shaheen Munir & Niraj Barua play Tagore Songs of Noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Deepak Dutta & Samir Chandra on “Tabla”/ Violin.


Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore presents Bill Haugland



Meet Bill Haugland, author of the new short story collection After It Rains (Vehicule Press), 6 p.m. Thursday December 5 at Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore.

Bill Haugland, formerly CFCF-12 Pulse News anchorman, is well known to Montréalers.

After It Rains, his first collection of short stories, gently probes the human psyche and deftly reveals our foibles.

Admission to the event is free.

Join us at Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 McGill College Avenue (between Sherbrooke & President Kennedy).

Publishing 2.0 Tips and Traps – REGISTER NOW

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is holding a series of one-day professional development workshops for writers called Publishing 2.0 – Tips and TrapsRegistration is now taking place for workshops in Moncton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in February 2014.

Authors Mary W. Walters and Caroline Adderson, along with author and executive director of TWUC, John Degen will discuss writing in the digital age. The workshop will consider both theTraditional Path to Publication and Independent Publication including topics such as working with agents and editors, keys to successful submissions, crowdsourcing, contract terms, royalty rates, copyright, managing your digital rights, design work, distribution, and promotion.

Workshops will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $95.00; TWUC members pay only $80.00. Both prices include any materials and lunch.


For registration go to http://www.writersunion.ca/pd-workshops#register


Please circulate this message to anyone you think will be interested in attending. We will be distributing paper brochures in a few weeks.


For Body and Light Presents L’Embarquement

This Thursday Montreal dance company FOR BODY AND LIGHT will celebrate the launch of their exciting 2014 season with an absorbing evening of performance, interaction, still images and video, featuring a 30 minute piece entitled L’EMBARQUEMENT

The piece is a collaboration between choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert, poet/musician Ian Ferrier and five dancers: Linnea Gwiazda, Heather Lynn Macdonald, Marie-Pier Gilbert, Marie-France Jacques and Allison Elizabeth Burns

An exhibit of photos of the company by Michael Kovacs and Stéphanie Morin-Robert will also premiere that same night.

The young company’s work explores the interface between darkness and light, form and imagination. Meditative stillness becomes moving shapes, whispered words mix with music while the light catches only the ghost of a body as it flashes past.

The result is a warm and intimate show that has been presented at three festivals, two residencies and 20 performances in their first year as a company.

20h / $12
(CASH ONLY, available at the door/ argent comptant seulement à la porte)
Jeudi le 5 décembre 2013
MainLine Theatre
3997 boul. Saint-Laurent
forbodyandlight.org - @forbodyandlight

Choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert is currently Mainline Theatre’s artist-in-residence, and the work you’ll see at Mainline is one of two pieces the company will take on the road for their Travail Rouge tour. You can catch the premiere of the second—COMING AND GOING—in four shows at Tangente in Montreal in February. They will then take both pieces on the road for 41 shows in New York, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver.

The event is a chance for the public and friends of the project to meet members of the company, catch a live dance show, see selections of their work from the past year, party and view video from the company’s residency on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.

Proceeds from tickets and the photo exhibit will be put towards helping the company’s seven members actually get from venue to venue during the Travail Rouge tour. It’s also a chance for people who have helped and supported this exciting project to talk with the participants and hear about where their work is taking them in 2014.

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Headlight Anthology Submission Deadline Extended!

We’ve extended our submission deadline! You now have until December 12th to send us your stories, poetry, creative non-fiction and visual art that reflects the theme No Exit, in content or form, including but not limited to work that explores perception, the freedom of constraints, misanthropy, claustrophobia, traps and entrances. See our submission guidelines page  for details.