Send My Love to Anyone | Issue 12
Calls | Events | Films | Essays | Reviews | 2021 Recap
Happy New Year!
Well, it has been exactly one year since I started this newsletter. I published 11 issues in 2021.
Thanks to your enthusiasm this project is going strong.
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I’m now able to offer guest writers and artists $100 for publication. I hope to continue to increase that rate in 2022!
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Big thanks to everyone who read and shared these posts, interviews, and recommendation round ups and to the authors and artists who have contributed!
This month I’m sharing the 2021 recap, calls for submissions, recommended courses, reading, viewing, and events!
In year one, I interviewed these fantastic writers:
And these fantastic writers trusted me with their words and art:
And I wrote some stuff too:
Pay What You Want 5-Day Comedy Feature Challenge with Daniela Saioni
The 5-Day Comedy Feature Film Premise Creation Challenge involves one thirty minute exercise a day, and is designed to lead you to at least one personal, marketable and funny premise for a comedy feature film by the Friday.
rob mclennan’s 12 or 20 (second series) questions with Sharon McCartney
Sharon McCartney: “In practical terms, my first book did not change my life in the least. At that point, I had three children under the age of 10 and three part-time jobs. At the University of Victoria, I had a .75 appointment as a co-op coordinator and a .5 appointment as an instructor in the law faculty, so I was the equivalent of 1.25 people. As well, I was a member of a federal administrative tribunal, which sat for approximately six days each month. It was a busy time. Brian Kaufman and Anvil Press hosted a launch for the book in Vancouver in the first week of January 2000. I stayed overnight at the Sylvia and saw a few people. That was fun, and then I went home to Victoria and got back to work.”
Read more from rob mclennan’s interview with Sharon McCartney.
Spencer Gordon is “Getting Started with Literary Reviews”
Check out his new review site.
The Case Against the Trauma Plot by Parul Sehgal
ICYMI this much discussed article:
F.B.I. Arrests Man Accused of Stealing Unpublished Book Manuscripts
The mystery of the stolen manuscript as been solved. Sort of.
Year One: The untold story of the pandemic in Canada, McLean’s
A comprehensive report on the country's mishandling of the crisis of the century by Stephen Maher March 24, 2021
Alicia Elliot on The Listeners
Steven Beattie on Naben Ruthnum’s novel A Hero of Our Time
“Naben Ruthnum’s literary novel A Hero of Our Time is a slippery, densely layered satire that calls into question the nature of narrative itself".”
Read more on Steven Beattie’s site That Shakespearean Rag.
Review: The Crude Demagogy of “Don’t Look Up”, by Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Why does Hollywood tackle environmental calamity? Why do stars get involved in wildlife conservation? Why are there so few celebrities who put their name and their talent behind, say, voting rights—without which no progressive project such as the Green New Deal has the slightest chance of being signed into law? It’s not only because everyone loves animals, or because movie stars prefer to spend their vacations in the distant wild than in Maricopa County but because it would be impossible to make a film about the suppression of voting rights without considering whose rights are being abrogated, who’s doing so, and which categories of voters supports the measures. The critique of climate change, by contrast, allows the targeting of mega-businesses and political leaders while leaving individuals—meaning, potential moviegoers and ticket-buyers—outside the scope of criticism. In short, what Hollywood people don’t want to do is to critique a political party, because there goes half the potential box office.
Read more here.
TAP Centre for Creativity: Khashayar Mohammadi and Klara du Plessis
Poets Khashayar Mohammadi and Klara du Plessis blend their practices into a textual and sonic soundscape. View here.
Movie: The Children Are Watching Us
I’ve decided to watch the Italian Neo Realism series on the Criterion Channel. I’ve started with The Children Are Watching Us, which marks Vittorio De Sica’s first collaboration with renowned screenwriter and longtime partner Cesare Zavattini.
TV Show: The Righteous Gemstones
For a fun and lighter viewing, I’m also watching the televangelist satire The Righteous Gemstones (created by Danny McBride).
Call for Submissions
The 2022 CBC Nonfiction prize is now open!
You have until Feb. 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your original, unpublished work of nonfiction that is up to 2,000 words.
The four 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize finalists were Alison Hughes of Edmonton for Funhouse Mirrors, Barbara Mackenzie of Yellowknife for Northern Spring, Lee Thomas of Fredericton for My Summer Body and Sarah Van Goethem of Bothwell, Ont., for A Borrowed Husband.
Montreal Poetry Prize
The 2022 competition of the Montreal International Poetry Prize is now open. The prize is $20,000 and the final deadline is 15 May 2022.
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a not-for-profit, grassroots initiative centred on the art of the poem. It is open to poets from around the world and embraces the diversity of contemporary anglophone poetry.
Each entry must consist of 40 lines or fewer. Multiple entries are welcome.
Entry fees: $20 CAD regular submission by 1 May / $25 late submission by 15 May / $17 additional entry
The Montreal Prize recognizes the craft, design, and aesthetics of the stand-alone poem. It emphasizes the space that poetry opens for insight, beauty, and wonder.
All entries must be original and previously unpublished. The Montreal Prize supports the emergence of new poems and new poets, positioning itself close to the moment of creation, and encouraging the writing and the sharing of original works.
To submit your work, please visit our submission platform.
Shifting Perspectives with Stephen Collis and Isabella Wang!
Fridays, January 28, 2022 and February 4, 2022 (online). Register here.
Victoria Film Festival - February 4-13, 2022
You can buy tickets here. There are great industry events through the Springboard Program.