Literary Arts

Open Call to Performing and Literary Artists – for more information go to Performing Arts Tab

Red Deer Arts Council’s Performing Arts Committee is holding an open call for music, theatre, dance and literary artists . Submissions will be used to assist in programming and planning of special events during the 2017 calendar year. We are looking for a total of five acts to provide all-ages entertainment in a variety of genres.

Submissions will be assessed based on quality, originality and how best they fit the themes of the Kiwanis Gallery exhibitions for 2017, as well as audience interaction and engagement. This call is open to all, although preference will be given to those artists from Red Deer and Red Deer County residents. All genres are encouraged to submit. There is no fee to submit.

Red Deer Arts Council is committed to fair compensation for creative work. Performance fees may be negotiated based on Red Deer Arts Council’s Minimum Fee Schedule for Musicians & with negotiation with other genres, as appropriate.

The Kiwanis Gallery hosts exhibits in the lower level of the Red Deer Public Library on a rotating basis. The performance times are from 6 to 8 pm or portion thereof. The gallery events of First Friday Red Deer and one Annual General Meeting set the dates.

Click here for the Submission Form/Open Call: Call for Submission for Performing and Literary Artists for 2017


The Literary Committee has a new Chair. Carl Hahn has agreed to take on the responsibilities for this committee for 2014-2017. Contact Diana at the office and she will put you in touch with Carl. 

Game writing workshops offered this winter 2017

Scripts At Work series focuses on new medium this season

Red Deer, November 18, 2016 – The Scripts At Work series will connect with a different genre of writers this year, as organizers have planned a new theme focused on game writing.

“The gaming world has become a huge industry in the past 10 years, and writing is an incredibly important part of this,” says Tanya Ryga, Scripts At Work Coordinator and Theatre Performance & Creation Instructor at RDC. “Role play games need stories that have complex worlds and characters, as well as many different types of quests, which are determined based on what the user selects.”

Scripts At Work, which has been running for 12 years, has traditionally focused on playwrights, but it is branching out this year to give new and aspiring game writers an opportunity to learn their craft. Ryga notes that planning for this series of workshops has been in-the-works for several years, and the game writing sessions will be led by RDC Communications Instructor, Dan Whiteside.

Whiteside, who was a game writer for BioWare for five years, became a full-time Communications Instructor at RDC in 2011, and he has also taught screenwriting for the Motion Picture Arts program for the last three years. “This will be a very interesting and informative series for people who want to learn about game writing,” he says. “Participants don’t need to have any experience with game writing, and they will be able to learn through instruction, examples, group work and individual work.”

Whiteside explains that, at the end of the five sessions, participants will have a solid knowledge about game writing, and they should also have a playable quest that they can show to friends and family. “For anyone interested in game writing, this is a great starting place,” he says. “People should come prepared to work hard, to learn and to have fun.”

Scripts At Work – Game Writing Workshops

Sundays: Dec 11, Jan 15, Jan 29, Mar 5 and Mar 19

Choice of mornings: (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) OR afternoons (2 to 5 p.m.)

Registration ends Nov 30; space is limited to 30 participants

Participants must attend all five sessions

To register or for more information, contact Tanya Ryga at


Hello literary artists – we have attached a recent email (February 2016) from a new literary website for your information. Please feel free to share this legitimate site.

Dear Red Deer Arts Council,

Love is strange, love is beautiful, love is dangerous…
I’m one of the editors of a new literary website called Don’t Talk to Me About Love. I’m sending this letter to you personally in the hopes that you will peruse our site and spread the word to fellow writers and friends about our debut contest, offering $1,000.00 each in fiction, non-fiction and poetry for pieces about love. (Note that the contest deadline is Valentines day — less than a month away!)

Best Regards,


P.S. If you enjoy the site, please subscribe to the website. (It’s free.) You can also like us on Facebook or tweet about us. 


For a current listing of literary competitions, click on the following link:

Should you become aware of a literary contest that does not appear on the above page, please email the URL to John Burnham using the following link.

The Wooden Rocket Press is looking for new writers with fresh, serialized, fiction to be published on their website every month. Submission details can be found on their website

Something to keep in mind…The only aim of writing is to help the reader better enjoy life, or better endure it — Dr. Johnson.

Listing of literary artists:
Margrit de Graff website
Dave White website  email
John Burnham Website  email
Jock Mackenzie website  email

Leslie Greentree

Kimmy Beach!/kimmy_beach

Emily Ursuliak

Literary organizations:
Writer’s Ink, the Red Deer and district writer’s club meets every Tuesday in the old farmhouse at Sunnybrook farm (4701 30th Street) from 7 to 9 pm. Guests are welcome. Visit their website

One Response to “Literary Arts”
  1. Wendy says:

    Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest

    Offered annually by the Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Association,, the Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest is open to all Canadians with fewer than 1 novel or 3 short stories professionally published ($0.05/word or more). Detail include:

    No entry fee
    Stories entered into the contest have not been previously published
    Content should include a speculative element (science fiction, fantasy, horror, or something weird)
    Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, plus 2 honourable mentions for each category (adult and student), and all 10 top stories will be published in a chapbook entitled “In Places Between”; possibly as an ebook as well.
    Adult category: 5000 word limit, prizes: $125, $100 and $75, plus two honourable mentions $25 each
    Student category (author is under 18 years old): 3000 word limit, prizes: $75, $50 and $35 plus two honourable mentions $20 each
    Submit electronically to: or by regular mail to: In Places Between, PO Box 31014, Bridgeland PO, 112 – 4 Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 0C0.
    Deadline May 5
    Winners announced at When Words Collide convention, August 12-14, 2011

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