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Semi-Annual Writing Competition – Summer 2022

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Have you ever had a vacation that you wish you could forget?  The trip gone wrong? Or, the perfect vacation in the perfect location?  Tell us about your experience, good or bad, for a chance to win $50.  

Maximum word count of 1500 words in a word document. The font – Times New Roman 12 and single-spaced.

We will not retain your copyright but reserve the right to publish your story on our website. Prizes are as follows. $50 – 1st, $25 – 2nd, $10 – 3rd

The competition is open to writers of any age group.  The submission fee is $5 per story, sent by e-transfer to and the deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 18th, 2022.

All entry fees will be matched by Short’s Shorts and sent to Canadian Red Cross for Ukraine.

Winners will be notified by email and the names will be announced on Saturday, June 25th 2022, on our website

Red Dog Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries

Written by Emily Harstone

Red Dog Press ( is a print and digital publisher based in Cheshire UK, all the books they publish are available in both formats. They are a small press that specializes in publishing thrillers, crime stories, and mysteries. They are also open to select Romance and Sci-Fi stories, but only if the story breaks traditional molds.

Their covers are generally decent and genre-appropriate, but do feel “low budget”.

They have a “club” for readers to promote the work they publish.

Most of what they publish is over 70,000 words in length, but they will consider work that is a minimum of 25,000 words if it is part of a series.

All submissions must be made via email. When you submit to them they seem to be asking for a more personal version of a query letter. This is  how they phrase it: “Please use the email to introduce yourself, give us a little bit of your own history, why you started writing, and what you want from a writing career.”

You also must attach a synopsis of no more than 1,500 words, as well as the first 25 pages of your book (to the end of the nearest chapter). They will not read any incomplete submissions. They try to respond to all submissions within 4 weeks, but please be patient. 

In Other News …

New Tecumseth Public Library


Wordsmiths writers’ group continues to meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1 – 3 pm.

The first meeting of the month is held over Zoom and the second meeting is held in the WI room of the Alliston library.

For more information, please contact Kim at or Dian at

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Dates for May are :
Tuesday, June 7th. 1 pm via Zoom and Tuesday, June 21st. 1 pm in the WI room at Alliston Library.

Poetry Group

Calling all poets!

The NTPL Poetry Group continues to meet on the third Thursday of each month from 2 – 3:30 pm.

Join our Zoom program to share and discuss traditional written or spoken word poetry. Share your own or bring an old favourite. Listeners are welcome too. Register online, or contact Kim Burgess.

Next meeting is Thursday, May 19th at 2 pm. via Zoom