Anytime Now
Learn more about this new not-for-profit organization that aims to preserve heritage barns, educate the public and governments about these amazing buildings, have tours, and document and photograph all the barns in Ontario through an interactive map, among many other things. Founders Jon Radojkovic [author of Barns of the Queen's Bush and Barn Building] along with Krista Hulshof [self-identified Agritect] invite everyone with an interest in barns to become involved through on-line membership.

Tuesday, January 8
Mykonos Open Mic Poetry Series continues
572 Adelaide St. N., London

Hosted by Joan Clayton with featured poet Koral Scott, followed by open mic. Free admission. Takes place in the cozy covered back patio. More details, including option of carpooling from Grey County available by contacting Daniel Kolos,

Thursdays, January 10 and 17
Writers' Round Table
2 -4 p.m.
Treasure Chest Museum, Queen Street North, Paisley

Bring along whatever new or revised work you wish to share for feedback...any genre, any format. A few copies will give better results. Everyone brings own snack/beverage, contributes to the $25/session cost for the meeting space.

Tuesday, January 29
Writers' BLOC
7 to 9 p.m.
Activities Centre, Elgin Lodge, 555 Mary Street, Port Elgin

No fee to join this informal gathering of writers from the community and Lodge residents. Bring a few copies in response to the monthly challenge: up to 1,000 words, any format, on 'combatting the winter blahs'. Please sign in at the reception desk on arrival.

Thursday, January 31
Twentieth Annual Acrostic Story Contest

Always curious... is your opening phrase. You create a twenty-six sentence narraative story, with sentence beginnings in the sequence of the English alphabet. Best stories published in the spring issue of The Leaf. Three winners share percentages of entry fees; all published stories get their creators a year's subscription to The Leaf. Full details and entry form at by clicking the Contests link. New this year – entry fees with reduced rate subscription purchase can be paid using VISA or MasterCard.

Looking ahead -
Friday, February 15
DEADLINE for entries

The Writers' Union of Canada 26th Annual Short Prose Competition for emerging writers. Submissions up to 2,500 words from writers with no more than one book published or contracted. Fee $29 per submission, on-line info and entry form at Prize of $2,500 and stories from winner and finalists will be submitted by TWUC to three Canadian magazines.

Saturday, February 16
7:00 p.m. - whenever
Seventh Annual Erotic Poetry Evening

Hosted by Daniel Kolos, Durham, Ontario
Bringing your own poetry to read gains reduced admission fees, and adds to the fun for everyone. Look for more details next month.