Monday, January 3, 2011

Resource Alert! Get your work critiqued!

Get your writing critiqued by author Elizabeth Ruth
Are you interested in writing literary fiction or have already started working on a piece? Get expert feedback from our Spring 2011 Writer In Residence, acclaimed and award-winning writer Elizabeth Ruth.

About Elizabeth Ruth
Elizabeth Ruth is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and writing instructor. She is the author of three works of literary fiction. Her first novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, was published in 2001 and named a finalist for the Rogers Writer's Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, the Toronto Book Awards, and the Books in Canada Best First Novel Award.

Her second, Smoke, was published to critical acclaim by Penguin in 2005. The Globe and Mail called the book, "A virtuoso performance," and it went on to be a One Book One Community pick, sending it into early reprint.

In fall 2012, Elizabeth's forthcoming novel, The Matador, will be published in Canada by Cormorant.

Elizabeth Ruth teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto, English language at George Brown College, and mentors through the Humber School for Writers. She holds a BA and an MA from the University of Toronto.

For more information, please visit

Submit A Manuscript

Manuscripts will be accepted from December 15, 2010 to January 22, 2011
Manuscript submissions:
Writers of literary fiction are welcome to submit novel or short story manuscripts for feedback.

Elizabeth Ruth will read your writing and meet with you to discuss what is working and what might need further development.

Submitting a manuscript does not guarantee a meeting with the Writer in Residence. Meetings are by appointment only. The Library also reserves the right to limit the number of manuscripts accepted.

Manuscripts should meet the following criteria:
Fiction excerpts of up to 10 double-spaced pages in length.
Typed or word-processed on 1 side of each page (handwritten manuscripts will not be accepted).
Use 12 point or larger Times New Roman typeface only.
1 inch margins all around.
No email copies accepted.
Please don't send in originals.
Please include: your name, address, email address and telephone number on your cover page. There is a limit of one submission per person.

Mail or bring to:
Writer in Residence Program
North York Central Library
Languages, Literature and Fine Arts Department (2nd Floor)
5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5N9

The Toronto Public Library is not responsible for returning manuscripts. Please submit a copy of your work.

Apply To Be Writer In Residence
Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Info Coming Soon
Toronto Public Library typically hosts two residencies per year:

A longer residency, usually four months, from January to June
A shorter residency, usually two months, from September to December
Writers who have held residencies at the library include Gail Bowen, Chester Brown, Austin Clarke, Karen Connelley, Deborah Cooke, Rabindranath Maharaj, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, Allan Stratton, Sugith Varughese and Tim Wynne-Jones.

Check back soon for information about how to apply for the Fall 2011 residency.

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