Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
September 7th 2006
Special thanks to these people who answered the call so far:
CONTESTS & CALLS
Check out the current contests:
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
sure to introduce yourself in the Federation online forums
and check out the
section to find out more about each.
Ken Munro - Bedford, NS
Deborah L Kelly - North Vancouver, BC
Marilyn Beth Edwards - Korea
Zoi Kilakos - Montreal, QC
Sunday Aremu - Chicago, IL
Carol A. Stephen
Ljerka Susanna Lukic
Check out this months feature poet
Norma West Linder.
NEW! The Way to Happiness and
where the winner
of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.
NEW! CFP members call for CCLA Anthology
Alexander Popoff Youth contest - 17 and under
Submission Fee: Free
Deadline: November 15, 2006
First Prize: $100 (US Dollars).
Poems must relate to human rights. Familiarity
with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is
Submissions may be sent in the body of an email, along
with name, age, address, email address, and a brief
bio. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more at: www.poetsforhumanrights.org
Artists for a Better World
October 4-8th, 2006
Look for the launch of Spirit of Humanity and a full week
of art expression and appreciation.
To find out more and plan your attendance check out Artists for a Better World Festival
$50 or more
Dave Repchuk - Toronto, ON
Sherry Broadbent - Toronto, ON
$10 or more
Margaret Broadbent - Burlington, ON
Stephen Gill - Cornwall, ON
$5 or more
Lorna J Knox - UK
Cris Staubach - Niantic, CT
Amirali Mohamedali - North Vancouver, BC
Tony Tremblett - Vancouver, BC
Honey Novick -
Celeste Repchuk - Toronto, ON
Caleb Repchuk - Toronto, ON
Kennedy Repchuk - Toronto, ON
CPA - Toronto Conspiracy - Diane Mascherin
I am participating in
- we would make an enormous difference
in getting them direct aid, rehab counselling, peer support, and transportation.
I have set up a paypal link for this, and thank everyone in advance for your support.
The event is September 16th and I will let you know how it all went, and even post some
pictures so you can see for yourself how big a difference, a small amount can make.
All those who donate will receive a special thanks in this newsletter.
This is a great opportunity to help the
CFP, help yourself, gain a great skill for your CV/Bio, and in return I will offer
promotional freebies of your skills, your work, your events and/or your products.
See the volunteers
section for complete details.
This involves contacting expired members and
reminding them it is time to renew. Usually no more than 10 calls
per month. Great for people that like the phone, and enjoy
talking to others. Needs to be someone with an unlimited phone plan.
Usually doesn't take more than 20 minutes time on the phone in total,
but I don't want anyone to incur extra expenses on our behalf.
Contact Tracy Repchuk to apply or find out more!
Check out all of the available volunteer positions and
pick one that is just right for you.
Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia who has taken on the position of
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
THE BLOOKER PRIZE
I am so excited about this next year, as we have a fantastic team getting
assembled to make great things happen. There are still a few more volunteer
positions open, and more hands make light work. Once they are all filled
I will announce the whole gang.
It is the perfect time to get involved and volunteer and to join
the CFP and became a member of this vibrant and growing organization. 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 including
a full year of exciting
contests, events and publishing opportunities.
Tracy Lynn Repchuk
President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets
Yes you read it right - that is The Blooker Prize. A blook is a book with content that was developed in a significant way from material originally presented on a blog, webcomic or other website.
This material includes the website's characters, themes, ideas or outline that ends up getting published
as a printed book.
I have been getting asked questions about what type of book should I write,
how do I get an agent, a publisher, an editor, should I self-publish, and the answer to these questions can go
on ad infinitum, and range from what you know, research, hard work, hard work, dash of luck, and/or go for it.
Back in November of 2005 I started to promote the world of Blogs - which was a daily journal type of personal website
that you could instantly get up and
running, and use to promote yourself, your books and display your work, until you got a conventional website. At least you were out there. Well in
the creation of my own blog that I have had since July of 2005, I found the next step which I thought was really cool, and opened up the
world of writing, publishing, promotion, and catharsis in many cases - and this is called a Blook.
Tons of blooks have already been published, both by traditional publishers and self-publishers.
In fact, some traditional publishing houses in search of the next big name author, have begun to mine blogs and
websites for new talent. In the world of self-publishing, more and more content is being developed first online.
Well now there is a prize for such websites, with prizes that total $15,000 USD, and no fee to enter.
The launch in 2005 of the original Lulu Blooker Prize
for literary coincided with the 450th anniversary of
Gutenberg's invention of movable type, and it offered fresh evidence that the oft-touted rumor of
the death of books is greatly exaggerated.
This type of award and recognition opens up a whole new world for those who can write, and write, and write,
but couldn't successfully get it to the promote stage.
I checked out the various winners of the 2006 Lulu Blooker Prize, and it was very interesting and simple for some.
One winner for Non-Fiction named Julia Powell, had a blog site that took you on her journey of doing a full year of
Julia Child's recipes. Kind of like a reality based TV show in print. She won for her conversion of that
journey from Blog to a book called Julie & Julia (hardcover).
You can read her original blog at:
Other winners were:
Fiction - Cherie Priest for Four and Twenty Blackbirds. You can
now find the book in print, and getting rave reviews
Webcomic - Zack Miller (www.joeandmonkey.com) for Totally Boned: A Joe and Monkey Collection
So if you are looking for motivation to write, create, and just do it, here is an interesting way
to one day get recognized for it.
Happy writing, sharing, and best of luck on your journey.
For more details visit: Blooker Prize
BOOKS THAT MAKE IT HAPPEN|
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
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.
FEATURE BOOK ANNOUNCE
Feel the Bright Light
Spiritualist and poet, Natalie Hartgers, a Netherland based writer, uses contemplative reflections in
rhyme to awaken mankind in her quest for peace.
She takes her readers through a journey of experiences and provides wisdom and insight to achieve
Natalie gets her ideas and realizations from her spiritual guide, astral travel, dreams and her own intuition.
Price: $14.95 Canada, $9.95 USA ISBN: 0-97327624-7-4, 112 pages, 5 x 7
Get your copy today!
Attention all Halifax members!
GRAND OPENING SEPT. 26th, 2006.
See below for more details.
For more information see the Halifax Federation page.
Thursday September 21st, 2006 - 7pm
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 September 26th, 2006 - 7pm
CFP Halifax Nova Scotia
Contact: Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent
at: Mollyz Diner, 2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax. http://www.mollyzdiner.ca/
There could be print, radio and TV coverage, so be ready when this group gets out the gate, because
they are ready to make poetry happen in Halifax!
Guest speakers, performers, raffles, door prizes and much more. Plus an
open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.
Check out all of our happenings or get complete details on the above events from our
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
CFP member, Sylvia McGrath has volunteered to be the CFP Membership Liaison. This is a great
help to making sure that our members are serviced, and happy. So in the future, you will
be seeing emails come from Sylvia, please answer them, and get her any feedback you can.
Together, we will make sure the CFP is one of the strongest, most effective poetry
organizations in helping poets to achieve their dreams and goals.
Jacquii Cooke of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has volunteered to be the CFP Relationship Manager.
Jacquii is responsible for seeking out appropriate places on the internet
to get the CFP listed. My goal would be at least one new link per week for a total of 52 at the end of the year,
and we wish her the best in her new position, and thank her profusely. |
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