The written word and illustrations can tell us a lot about who we were, which helps us better understand who we are today. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, Townshippers’ Association wants to bring those elements together to tell our community’s stories; narratives which are important chapters in the greater narrative of Canada’s story.
Last autumn, Townshippers’ launched a call to all community members, published or unpublished, to share their written and visual stories of our early settlers, our communities history, and/or it’s part in our national history. Various written works, photos, and visual works were accepted and are now being reviewed by the editorial team. Select entries will be published in an ebook launched later this year.
As part of this project, free writing workshops are being offered throughout the region to help Beginner and seasoned writers to hone their craft. If you would like to host a workshop in your area, send your request to [email protected] Click here for details.
To register, please click on the event date you would like to attend then select the “going” option on facebook, or call Townshippers’ at 819-566-5717 (toll-free 1-866-566-5717).
[Dates subject to change. Changes will be announced on facebook.]
Thurs. April 27, 1:30pm – 4:00pm – Magog
Memoir. Memphrémagog Community Learning Centre, 120 Bellevue.
Thur. May 4, 6:30pm – 9:00pm – Magog
Memoir 2. Memphrémagog Community Learning Centre, 120 Bellevue, Magog
Wed. May 10, 1:30 pm – 4:00pm – Richmond
Memoir 2. Richmond & Region Community Learning Centre, 375 rue Armstrong.
Thurs. May 11 1:30 pm – 4:00pm – North Hatley
Concrete Poetry, North Hatley Library, 165 rue Main.
Wed. May 17 1:30 pm – 4:00pm – Magog
Memoir 2, Memphrémagog Community Learning Centre, 120 Bellevue, Magog
In 2017 Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, kicking off a year of celebrations and opportunities to mark our development from who we were then to who we are now — as a country and a community — and to celebrate our rich historical roots. There are many unique threads that have contributed to our national fabric. The Eastern Townships, its people, and our stories are woven into Canada’s great tapestry.
Townshippers’ Association, with the support of the Government of Canada, is thrilled to present a new project that combines the old and the new, by telling “our stories” through written and visual works, to be published as a full-colour ebook in summer, 2017.
Aspiring and established authors and artists, as well as community members, with ties to the Eastern Township, were invited to submit material that relating to at least one of the following themes:
– the historical roots of our region
– the experience of settlers in our region
– our community’s role in shaping the nation
– contributions made by individuals and our community to both the province and the country.
The submission period closed on March 1, 2017. Thank you to those who submitted. Our team is now reviewing the entries.
Questions? We have some answers below, if you don’t see your answer, please contact Cathy Turner, Townshippers’ Association, at 819-566-5717, toll free 1-866-566-5717, or email [email protected]
Townshippers’ Association will publish and sell the collection as a DRM-free eBook. Every contributor will be credited and receive a copy.
Work must be submitted digitally, either:
Once received, identifying information will be removed and an editorial team will “blind judge” the submissions. You will be notified in spring 2017 if your submission is chosen for publication. If selected for publication, you will receive a free copy of the ebook and an honourarium.
We are looking for stories, told well, in English, through prose or poetry, photographic and visual works, that highlight the experience of settlers, contributions made to both the province and the country, as well as our community’s role in shaping the nation.
We would like the eBook to come out in summer 2017, just in time to add to your summer reading list!
We would like variety in length, so feel free to send in entries from 500 to 3,000 words.
Townshippers’ Association has one-time electronic publishing rights, while contributors retain full copyrights to their original pieces.
Once you submit a story, Townshippers’ Office Manager will record your entry then separate the coversheet/entry from your story and the confidential content is delivered to the editorial committee for a blind review. You will be notified in March 2017 if your written or visual story is chosen.
By submitting your story for review, you are permitting us to:
Provide feedback on your piece via private notes and email.
Edit for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Edit the title, subtitle, and tags as needed.
Anyone with ties to the historical Eastern Townships. For a map, visit Townshippers.org/community
You are welcome to submit up to three (3) items in any category as long as you follow all the rules and guidelines above. All submissions can be included in the same entry; however, each story must have its own details (title, word count, type etc.).
WRITTEN words, in English, must be original material, edited and polished to the best of your ability. Stories must be typed double spaced, (.doc and .docx preferred) 11 or 12 point in a simple font (calibri, Times New Roman, etc.), with pages numbered and titled. Please do not include your name on the story, it should only appear on the cover page/application form.
– Poetry – max three poems, totaling 150 lines or less.
– Short works, such as anecdotes, monologues – max word count 500.
– Short stories and various written explorations – max word count 3,000.
– Word-processed, double spaced, (.doc and .docx preferred)
– 11 or 12 point simple font (Times New Roman, etc.), with pages numbered and titled
– Please do not include your name on the story, it should only appear on the application form.
VISUAL material can be in the form of:
Illustrations (such as drawing, painting, cartoons etc.)
Historical photos (you must own the usage rights)
– Vertical images (taller than they are wide) are preferred, but horizontal historical photos are accepted
– All images should be 300 dpi resolution in either JPG, TIF, PNG, or PDF.
– Your name should not appear on the photo or artwork, but on the separate application
– Submissions can be in black and white or colour
– Submissions must relate in some way to the theme (please explain how in your application)
– Cover art work is also considered.
TITLE suggestions for the ebook are accepted but must relate to the themes, which include the Eastern Townships, heritage, community and early settlers. Titles should be short, preferably less than four words, and must be G-rated. If your suggestion is selected, your name will be included on the acknowledgments page. In cases of multiple submissions, the first submission will be selected.
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Please note: Townshippers’ will not return submitted works to the sender. Do not send master or original copies. Townshippers’ bears no responsibility for loss or damage to submitted materials. Decisions on which works will be included in the anthology will be made by an independent editorial panel. Only those whose submissions are accepted for publication will be notified.
This project is presented by Townshippers’ Association with the participation of the Government of Canada.
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