Monday, January 16, 2017

Grab your pens, pencils and keyboards! Our 2017 EWF Writing Contest is launched!

Here's everything you need to know about Contest 2017:


Postmarked on or before Monday, April 10, 2017 (no email or faxed entries).


Original, unpublished fiction stories in the following categories/age groups:

Youth: Age 13 and under, 1,000 words maximum, open to residents of Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth counties/regions, no entry fee.

Teen: Age 14-19, 2,000 words maximum, open to residents of Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth counties/regions, no entry fee.

Open: Any age, up to and including adults, 2,000 words maximum, open to all Canadian
residents, $15 entry fee. Prizes of $200, $150 and $100. (Stories submitted to the Open category cannot also be submitted to Youth or Teen categories.)

NEW Canadian Essay Category for 2017
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, write a personal essay of 1,000
words maximum on the topic: “My Canadian moment.” Open to all age groups, residents of
Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth counties/regions. Winners
will be judged on content and theme. No entry fee.

PRIZES will be awarded in all categories.

  • Entries must be double-spaced, typed or printed.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the story itself.
  • On a separate title page, include category, story title, writer’s name, address, email (Youth and Teen writers may use parent or teacher email for contact information).
  • On the first page of the story include the title.
  • Title and page number should be on following pages.
  • Youth and Teen entries, please indicate author’s age on the title page.
  • Adult category please include $15 entry fee (cheque payable to Elora Arts Council).

EWF Writing Contest, c/o Elora Arts Council, Box 3084, Elora ON N0B 1S0.


To qualify, entries must be postmarked by Monday, April 10, 2017.

Shortlisted authors will be contacted for an electronic copy of their story for final judging.

Winners will be announced at noon on Sunday, May 21 on the Elora Writers’ Festival blogsite:

For more information contact contest chair Francis Baker at

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Books & Beer 3: What you need to know!

Yes, Books & Beer 3 is just a month away. (You knew that already, right?) Just in case you're still wondering what this unique winter-busting party is all about - the official release is included below. Everything you need to know, in detail. Want the highlights? Okay, here you go:

  • Elora author Rio Youers! Boom.
  • Tuesday, February 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Roxanne's Reflections Book & Card Shop in Fergus
  • Tickets available from the store ahead of time and at the door - but be warned: space is limited
  • Yes, you will be surrounded by books. And yes there will be beer, thanks to the ongoing and very appreciated sponsorship of Wellington Brewery. (And we'll provide some snacks too.)

Read on for the complete story. See you there!


Meet local author Rio Youers at Books and Beer event

The Elora Writers’ Festival presents an intimate evening with a local author in the festival’s third Books and Beer event.

Books and Beer 3 features Elora’s Rio Youers, author of End Times and Hollow Point.

The event runs Tuesday, Feb. 7 starting at 7 p.m. at Roxanne’s Reflections Book and Card Shop in downtown Fergus. Tickets are $15 and include an author reading, question and answer period, snacks and beer, the latter sponsored by Wellington Brewery. Tickets are available in advance or at the door — space is limited.

A British Fantasy Award nominee, Youers has had short fiction published in many notable anthologies, and his novel, Westlake Soul, was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Sunburst Award.

He has been favourably reviewed in such venues as Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and The National Post. His new novel, The Forgotten Girl, will be released by MacMillan/Thomas Dunne Books in June, 2017. He lives in Elora with his wife Emily and their children, Lily and Charlie.

Books and Beer was created in 2015 by Writers’ Festival committee member Jean Mills as a fundraiser for the festival, and featured rural noir author Brad Smith.

“It was a successful fundraiser for the 2015 Elora Writers’ Festival and brought literature and libations to a cold January evening,” committee member Dave Beynon says.

The second, 2016 event featured Fergus author J.M. Frey, whose fantasy novel The Untold Tale, the first volume in The Accidental Turn series, had just been released.

About 30 people enjoyed readings from The Untold Tale as well as a question and answer session, refreshments, and a chance to bid on a steampunk lamp by D.W. Mills — which Frey created an impromptu story about on the spot.

“The people who’ve come out to these events enjoy the intimacy of the venue and the opportunity to interact with the writers,” Beynon says. “The readings and Q and A session stimulate lively conversation among the attendees — and of course there’s beer as well.”

Books and Beer 3 also includes a book signing, time for conversation, and a raffle for an original ballpoint pen drawing by committee member and artist Francis Baker, and information about the Elora Writers’ Festival later in the year.

Held at Aboyne Hall at the Wellington County Museum and Archives on Sunday, May 28 from 1 to 5 p.m., the 2017 Elora Writers’ Festival features Youers, Andrew Westoll (The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary), poet Mary Ann Mulhern, young adult and children’s author Adrienne Kress, and mystery/thriller author Brad Smith.

For details and information, watch the festival’s blog at