Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed October 17th, 2006

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada New Format

Featured Books

Christmas is Coming

CFP Events

Poetry Canada New Edition

Contests & Calls

CFP Member Feedback

Poetry Canada Bonus Offre


Be sure to introduce yourself in the Federation online forums, and check out the member biography section to find out more about each.

New Members:
  • Dave Fogarty -Aspen, Nova Scotia
  • Karl Wendt - Halifax, NS
  • Patricia Brennan-Alpert - Halifax, NS
  • Lucia Gorea - Vancouver, BC
  • Mike J. Payne - Montreal, Quebec
  • Neil Harding McAlister - Port Perry, ON

  • Donelda Kent
  • Lorna J. Knox
  • Lois Nantais
  • Raymond Fenech
  • Clark LaPointe
  • JMariah

    Check out this months feature poet Betty Dobson.


    October/November/December/January 2007 has released!

    Poetry Canada magazine

    This edition features great articles, wonderful poetry, amazing photography, and tons of great things to enjoy, buy and share.

  • Podcasting: Giving Poetry a Voice - by Ken Munro
  • Small Publishers Rock! - by Magdalena Ball
  • Book Review - by Angie Mohr
  • Poetry by: J.J. Steinfeld, ikechukwu ajah, Davide Trame, Karen Corfield, Humberta Aroujo, Allen Dowran, Kevin Taylor, David Birmingham, Sharran Windwalker, Brent Robillard
  • Poets' Marketplace
  • Rhyming contest winner: Brian Cobbledick
  • Poetry, art, photography, and culture
  • Photography by John Thompson
  • Cover page by Ivy Bigbee

    Get your copy today!
    Poetry Canada Magazine

    Check out the current contests:
  • NEW! The Way to Happiness and
  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.

  • CFP members call for CCLA Anthology
    Canada Cuba Literary Alliance "It was as if..." contest.

  • NEW! Stellar Showcase Journal
    Our Fall Issue (online & print) are published and we are now focusing on our Winter Issue (Dec 1st quarterly publication) Our poets and writers are from all over the world. Check out our online journal.

    Stellar Showcase Journal accepts poetry, short stories & articles on writing year round. Submission deadline for the winter issue is Nov 5th.


    Anthology Call “Poems for Big Kids”
    (poetry for older children)
    Submissions close approx. 30 Oct. 2007

    Check it out and submit your work today!

  • Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
    Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2007
    Winning Writers invites you to enter the sixth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. The prize pool has doubled to $3,336.40 in cash, with a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter.
    Submit online


    Donelda Kent, CFP Member, Halifax, NS
    Kent Publications & Productions

    "I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Canadian Federation of Poets and especially Tracy Repchuk. As a member, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with the Oakville Chapter in Ontario. Then, when I told Tracy I was planning on starting a Chapter in Nova Scotia once I got moved, the support I received was unbelievable. I could not have done this without all the advice and help received by Tracy for our startup here in Halifax. My sincere thanks to an amazing lady for putting this society together and the success she has had with promoting poetry. I only see good things in the future for all of us.

    I would also like to extend my thanks to George Arnold for my learning experiences in Oakville as well as his motivational talents.
    Lastly, I would like to thank Betty Dobson for co-chairing this project with me. Her wonderful talents with posters, banners and all her managerial skills, played a fantastic role in launching the Halifax Chapter.

    Thanks to everyone in The Canadian Federation of Poets for all their contributions."


    With the introductory period over to see past and future editions of Poetry Canada online, getting your collectors copy is even more important!


    Place your order today!
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  • All prior edtions are SOLD OUT

    This is a great way to complete your set of this beautiful magazine that is sure to be a part of Canadian culture and literature, and a collectors item. Plus it will give you tips and tricks on ways to get published and the type of articles and interviews we accept.

    To see the complete content list of each issue visit the archives at:

    To order, send us an email with your address and the edition date. We will send you a paypal invoice that includes shipping ($1.50 for Canada, $2.25 for US, $8.00 for International)


    Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia who has taken on the position of Calendar Coordinator!

    If you are a CFP member, this is a great way to promote your book launches, appearances, and check out contest calls and events.

    If you are a CFP member, or a CFP Affiliate Organization feel free to submit your events to us. It is a great way to easily increase attendance. Send your information to: Calendar Coordinator: Betty Dobson

  • Well I just returned from Hollywood California where the Artists for a Better World Festival took place, and I would recommend starting to plan to come next year, because it is so much fun, the learning is exceptional, there is an art show that goes on during it where work is awarded, and the weather and tourism are awesome.

    If you're not already a member, it is a great time to join the CFP and be eligible for our next anthology. Our first anthology, The Future Looks Bright, had our highest grossing sales in InnerSurf history, was ordered in large quantities into the library system, and is completely SOLD OUT!

    Check out the benefits and join. A free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine and over 20 other benefits, to help you really get your money's worth.

    Tracy Lynn Repchuk
    President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets


    It's time to think about selling your books for stocking stuffers and gift giving. You need to act fast to book space in the Canadian Federation of Poets newsletter, front index, CFP Feature Shop Spot, or other ways to open the door for the Christmas sales rush. You can sell as much in this period as the entire year. Spots are selling fast, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Find out more, rates start at just $15 and can turn your Christmas into a very merry one.


    ATTENTION CFP Ezine READERS: If you're thinking about writing a book, I strongly recommend you take a look at this site!

    Are you ready to take your poetry to the next level? The Canadian Federation of Poets has put together a list of the top books out there, that will help you do this. How to get published, markets, contests, how to make a living as a poet, information that you can use to increase your exposure.

    Check out our NEW Feature Store

    Feature Book Announce

    Poetic Beauty by Joanne Joyce Green

    POETIC BEAUTY is a story Joanne wrote in the hopes of giving teens the courage to stand up and say no to abuse when dating. This story is about a teen who finds herself in a bad situation, and is courageous enough to look honestly at her feelings. As she realizes the danger that would confront her if she chose to continue in this volatile relationship, she knew there were choices to be made, and she alone must find the courage to make them.

    Paperback - 84 pages ISBN #08059-9109-3

    Get your copy today for $12.00 from Rose Dog Books

    Through The Ages by Michaela Sefler

    Through The Ages is a compilation of Inspirational Poetry, where Michaela taps into her spirituality, to reflect on inspiration drawn from the ancient Qabbala, scripture, nature, and creation - to express a thirst and desire for knowledge, transcendence, and a longing for unity and completion.
    She conveys desires, hopes, and pain as legitimate means for forgiveness and deliverance. She expresses a longing for a redeemer, and a perfect hero and alludes to biblical figures as such personas and archetypes in our lives.

    Paperback - 160 pages ISBN 1424102510

    Get your copy today for $19.95 from

    Advertise your book here for just $25 or $10 if you are a CFP member, or get a free book announce here with every 4 week
    Feature Book reservation.


  • Thursday October 19th, 2006 - 7pm
    Oakville Federation

    Contact: George Arnold
    Timothy's World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville,

    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

  • Tuesday October 31st, 2006 - 7pm
    CFP Halifax Nova Scotia
    Contact: Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent
    at: Mollyz Diner, 2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax.

    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

  • Sunday October 21st, 2006 - 2pm
    Ottawa Federation

    Contact: Richard Vallance
    Royal Oak II Restaurant
    161 Laurier East, Ottawa

    Every third Sunday of the month. 2-4pm
    Admission: Free
    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

  • Now and November 19th, 2006
    Burlington Federation
    Contact: George Arnold
    Burlington Art Centre, AIC Gallery
    1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington

    It is time to head down to the BAC to view the display of landscapes by Barry McCarthy, and create the work that will be presented on Sunday Nov. 19th. It is a fantastic event to attend, and participate in, and has produced some of the best writing I have seen.

  • North Vancouver Federation of Poets
    Interested members should contact Deborah Kelly to become a part of this chapter, and its launch date which is January 17th, 2007 at 7-9pm at Beans Coffee house on Lonsdale and 18th Street.
    This will be an exciting date, similar to the excitement generated by the Halifax group, with featured speakers so far such as the International Christian Poet Laureate "Violet Nesdoly" and many more in the works. She will be announcing details soon of the location. If you're in that area, feel free to contact Deborah now and let her know. Email:

  • Durham Region Federation of Poets contact Stella Ducker at

  • Penticton, BC Federation of Poets contact Donna Thompson at:

  • Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets contact Wei Yin at:

    Check out all of our happenings or get complete details on the above events from our online calendar.


  • Tracy Lynn Repchuk was an esteemed presenter at the Artists For A Better World Festival in Hollywood California for the Grand Gala Awards Event. It was a fantastic event, with outstanding performances from singers, dancers, and musicians. Tracy presented the Humanitarian Award for longstanding devotion to the arts and humanitarian causes to Francisco Ramirez.
  • Tracy Lynn Repchuk appeared in the latest edition of the Stellar Showcase Journal, a print and online journal. Her submission entitled "Destiny calling" can be read here.

    If you are a CFP member, and have exciting news, send it to us with a subject of CFP Member News submit.

  • This month brought an exceptional Poetry Canada magazine release, with full participation from artists, poets and photographers. The hard copy version will continue, but because the magazine is so diverse, with work from all over the world, a new format has been introduced for online visitors. You can now subscribe to the online version, for only $9.95 for the full year.

    That's a full year where you get the current edition, the 2006 issues that have already been issued, and the entire 2005 series which includes valuable articles such as:
    "Top 4 ways to Help make it happen!"
    "How to sell your greeting card verses"
    "The Writer Within"
    "Top 10 things to do with your poetry"
    "Poetry Survey Results - What you need to know!"

    And, since I realize that you need information to help you get more out of your poetry, for a limited time only, I will include the entire 2004 issues as well, which has terrific advice such as:
    "Top 5 mistakes self-published authors make"
    "10 ways to improve your poetry and get published"

    That's a total of 13 issues for only $9.95

    Subscribe today and keep informed for the full year.

    Canadian Federation of Poets