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VOICES OF THE WORLD

Electronic Bulletin for Multilingual/Immigrant Writers
June 23, 2009, Number 11
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"There is no end.
There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion of life."

Federico Fellini

Table of Contents
- Writers Beyond Borders Reports
- News from the Multilingual Front
- Contests & Publications
- Job Opportunity

Writers Beyond Borders Reports

STEERING COMMITTEE
The second Steering Committee meeting was on May 25th. For a copy of the minutes, please send an email to info@writersbeyondborders.ca. Francien Verhoeven has resigned as Secretary of WBB and Rita Espeschit took on the task of interim Secretary. The Committee is working on compiling a list of questions that will be the basis for a membership list for Writers Beyond Borders. You'll receive the questionnaire in a separate email. Please take the time to fill it out and return it, as this will be a valuable networking tool for all of us. Thank you!

ALTERNATIVE TRENDS MAGAZINE
Alternative Trends magazine had a contest call for submissions for the summer issue. The submissions were sent anonymously to the judging committee. The winner's name would be submitted once the article had been chosen. We are excited to announce that five winners were chosen instead of just one. Congratulations to Joe Li, Monika Igali, Jocelyne Verret, Olga Rojas and Thuc Cong for their works have been chosen for publication. The new issue will be released in July. To ensure you receive your copy, I encourage you to subscribe. An online version of Alternative Trends magazine is also available atwww.alternativetrends.comclick on e-book.

GET PUBLISHED!
The committee is looking into self publishing opportunities. If you are interested in self publishing or if you have experience in self publishing, please contact the project initiator, Edward Porper @ sherlok7@gmail.com.

THEMATIC MEETINGS
Stay tuned for a course to be offered through Writers Beyond Borders: "Creative Writing for the ESL Speaker". Arrangements for the course are in the works, and you're going to hear about it very soon! If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Rita Espeschit @ espechit@telus.net.

WEBSITE
The Writers Beyond Borders website, www.writersbeyondborders.ca, is continuously updated! It is a great place to have your profile posted. Send us information that you want to be on your profile, such as a brief biography and a picture, either in .doc or .pdf format. Also, if you have a personal website or blog, please send us the link. Please contact Argelia Gonzalez at argelia@ualberta.ca.

News from the Multilingual Front

Have you just published an article or won a prize? Are you launching a book? Are you giving a talk or a course somewhere? If you have any arts related news of your own that you would like to share with the group, send a short note to be published in our bulletin. Let's spread the good news!

BILINGUAL POETRY BOOK
"Dear fellow writers, I am getting ready to have my first book of poetry done in the fall of 2009. It's (yet) untitled, but it will be a bilingual (English-Spanish) collection of original works and it will include a fascinating series of sketches related to the pieces by Edmonton visual-artist Gabriela Rosende. If you would like to receive a complimentary copy, please send me a quick note to that effect including your full name & mailing address. I'll be glad to mail you one.
Kind regards,
Leo Campos Aldunez
E: http://email03.secureserver.net/leocamposa@aol.com"

PAT LOWTHER AWARD WINNER
At the annual conference of the League of Canadian Poets, Alice Major's poetry collection, The Office Tower Tales, received the Pat Lowther award, a national award given each year for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman. You can find out more about the award at http://www.poets.ca

Contests & Publications

ST. ALBERT CELEBRATES THE ARTS: ONE-ACT PLAYS CONTEST
Deadline: July 1st
No entry fee
Residents (past or present) or people with a connection to St. Albert are invited to submit a one act play. Three one act plays will be selected to be work shopped and presented as part of the festivities of Alberta Arts Days in St. Albert.
More info at www.celebratethearts.ca

THE MALAHAT REVIEW CREATIVE NON-FICTION PRIZE 2009
Deadline: August 1st
Entry fee: $35
Submit a personal essay, a memoir, literary journalism, or something so cutting edge no one's thought of it yet. Prize: $500 plus $40/page for publication.
More info athttp://www.malahatreview.ca/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

REVIEW FUSE POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: August 31st
No entry fee
Submit a poem with 50 lines or fewer about the theme "A Bull Fighter". Winner gets $50, and all participants will receive 3 peer critiques of their entry.
More info athttp://www.reviewfuse.com/blog/2009/05/poetry-contest-august-2009/

3-DAY NOVEL CONTEST
Deadline: September 6th
Entry fee: $50
Registration is open for the 32nd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest. This year's contest will take place September 5 - 7, 2009. Registrations must be postmarked by September 4. More info atwww.3daynovel.com

HAIKU SOCIETY HAIBUN ANTHOLOGY
Deadline: October 1st
Entry fee: £6
Send in your best haibun that illustrate an awareness of the relationship between the prose and haiku. The editors recommend that you think about the points below when finalising your entry or entries. Entries selected will be part of an anthology.
More info athttp://www.haikusoc.ndo.co.uk.

PUBLISHER SEEKS BOOK MANUSCRIPTS
Calgary publisher Recliner Books is seeking its first fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction manuscripts for publication. Submit either entire manuscript or a proposal with sample chapters. Submission guidelines athttp://www.reclinerbooks.com/ href="http://www.reclinerbooks.com/">www.ReclinerBooks.com. (WGA)

AMBIT MAGAZINE
Ambit magazine is put together entirely from unsolicited, previously unpublished poetry and short fiction submissions. For more information, visithttp://www.ambitmagazine.co.uk/Submit.htm. (WGA)

Opportunity

INTERPRETERS NEEDED
The Immigration and Refugee Board is seeking interpreters in Edmonton from English to the following languages: Amharic, Korean, Farsi, Georgian, Punjabi, Tigrinya & Tamil. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status and have completed their secondary education or the equivalent. Preference may be given to candidates who are certified/accredited interpreters with other federal, provincial or academic institutions or those who have completed courses in interpretation. You may be requested to work occasional overtime and the pay rate is $24.00/hour. Please send your resume outlining your education, knowledge and experience, as well as two work related references to the following email address: interpreter.ad@irb-cisr.gc.ca

Important notes:
1. EAC indicates information from Edmonton Arts Council's weekly electronic notices. To join EAC, check their website at www.edmontonarts.ab.ca
2. WGA indicates information from the online bulletin of the Writers Guild of Alberta. To join the WGA, visit www.writersguild.ab.ca