What is this?
Whether you’re a poet or fiction writer or essayist or non-fiction or memoir writer or editor or publisher or bookstore owner—in other words, if words are your passion—this is your place:
• To raise your voice and comment on topics suggested by the editors or other participants;
• To ask questions about or offer solutions to stumbling blocks encountered in the writing process;
• To reflect on the big picture of writing—or on the nitty gritty;
• To talk about the business of writing and publishing;
• To announce pending readings or publication of your work;
• To network with other members of the writing community;
• To participate in Uproar@TLHCA writing contests (we plan to offer at least two or three each year and publish the winning entries here);
• To make an uproar—or, if you prefer, just quietly have your say.
Uproar is the brainchild of the Literary Arts Committee of The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Currently the committee comprises Lois Nantais, Ann Towell, Rhonda Melanson and Kathy Shailer, who will serve at least initially as the editors/curators of the blog and its activities. But we are inviting the entire writing community of Sarnia/Lambton (and beyond), which we believe is significant, to weigh in and become involved.
How does it work?
Every month, beginning in April 2020, the editors will suggest a topic or theme and offer a paragraph or two of thoughts to get the discussion started. As a blog, anyone can offer comments through the “Leave a comment” tool, as long as they are in keeping with “The Rules” (see below). We will also announce contests and any in-person events taking place at The Lawrence House, as well as events suggested by participants.
• Comments posted on the site must be respectful: this does not mean you shouldn’t be impassioned or political or otherwise outspoken. It means simply that we want contributions that further discussion, not shut it down.
• Excessive use of swear words is boring. Please don’t be boring.
• Submit your contest entry by email only to Uproar@gmail.com. Do not use the Comment tool on this site.
• Contest submissions will not be accepted after the posted deadline.
• Your last name and the contest you are submitting for should be in the subject line of the email of your submission, e.g., “Smith—Poetry Contest”
• You must be 18 years old or older.
• Please use Canadian English word forms and punctuation; we suggest the Canadian Oxford Dictionary for spelling; Canadian Press style guide for numbers and punctuation.
• Do not send attachments. They will not be opened or considered. Paste your work in the body of an email.
• Please provide a bio of no more than 50 words.
• Only previously unpublished work, please. Only one entry per writer.
• You will receive an email response telling you we have received your submission. The winners will be announced on this site. The decision of the judges is final.