Paeans and Kudos September 2016

Laura Suchan

  • Pitched to an agent for non-fiction historical books
  • Agent expressed a great interest and asked to see more

Lisa Llamrei

  • Submitted to WCDR’s Skip the Slush Pile and agent requested a partial

Heather Tucker

  • Her debut novel, The Clay Girl is being published by ECW Press in early October
  • The American Booksellers Association chose her book as a fall pick
  • She’s been invited to tour the U.S. West coast to promote her book

Glenn S. Reid

  • Submitted a poem “One Grey November Day” and a short story “The Size of a Horse” to the Poetrey Institute of Canada
  • Both will be published in separate anthologies in February 2017
  • The short story has been long-listed for a prize

Lisa Liscoumb

  • Dishonourable mention in the Purple Prose category of the Buller-Lytton Fiction Contest

Dave Frolick

  • His first murder mystery has been submitted to his editor
  • He’s currently tweaking and polishing

Sue Reynolds

  • Sumbitted to two poetry contests
  • Raffle magazine and The Puritan magazine

Brenda Harrison

  • Submitted a story to Word Weaver

Heather M. O’Connor

  • Submitted her picture book Too Fast Tyson to Pajama Press after successfully pitching it on Twitter in the #CanLitPit event

Sylvia Chiang

  • Her middle grade novel Cross Ups will be published by Annick Press

Maureen Curry

  • Entered the CANSCAIP Children’s Writers contest

Christine Iliadis

  • Submitted manuscript to 13 Canadian Publishers
  • Contract from UK Publisher given for manuscript however trying to find Canadian Publisher
  • Submitted article to Word Weaver

WCDR Member Paeans and Kudos – June 2016

Heather M. O’Connor

  • Betting Game, Heather’s YA sports novel for Ocra Books, was selected for Best Books for Kids and Teens, a magazine published by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Cryssa Bazos

  • Cryssa’s novel Traitor’s Knot is a finalist in the Romance Through the Ages Contest (Medieval/Renaissance category)

Lucy Brennan

  • An introduction and poem about the poet Pier Giorgio di Cicco on Brick Books website.

Sandra Clarke

  • Thanks to the WCDR Skip The Slush Pile event, Jessica Faust requested Sandra’s full manuscript.

Sylvia Chiang 

  • Signed with agent Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency



Heather M. O’Connor

Heather M. O'Connor
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Bio: Heather M. O’Connor is an award-winning freelance writer, editor and author. Betting Game, her debut novel with Orca Books, was published in 2015. She also writes short stories, fantasy and historical fiction.

The busy mother of five (and grandmother of two) lives in Whitby, Ontario. She has been a proud member of WCDR since 2004.

Craft: Writer, Editor, Journalist, Commercial Writer, Short Fiction Writer

Genre: Children’s and young adult, fantasy, historical fiction, education market, non-fiction, flash fiction.


Betting Game (Orca Books, 2015)

Betting Game


Jack’s a rising star for an elite soccer academy. But when a slick bookie introduces the cocky teen to illegal gambling, the Beautiful Game turns ugly.

Jack knows how to win. But can he learn how to lose?

“Tight and authentic sports action combined with engaging characters…great for sports fans as well as readers who enjoy action and drama.” School Library Journal

“I will certainly include Betting Game in our curriculum resource collection and recommend it for other school libraries as well. Highly Recommended.” CM Magazine

“The fast-paced writing has enough soccer action to keep reluctant readers turning the pages… A solid pick for hi-lo sports fiction.” Booklist

“Hard-hitting…and as memorable as a prison tour for young men who think crime is a sport and a joke.” Kirkus Reviews





Buried in the Green – Urban Green Man Anthology (Edge, 2013)

Urban Green Man Anthology


This thoughtful collection of 31 stories and poems updates the Green Man myth for a far less green world.

Introduction by acclaimed fantasist Charles de Lint. Nominated for 4 Aurora Awards.

“Pagan readers and urban fantasy fans, especially young adults, will enjoy this look at timeless themes of balance and wildness.” Publishers Weekly

“’Buried in the Green’ by Heather M. O’Connor, reminded me of the Joan Aiken stories I grew up reading: a little macabre, a bit wistful, wryly humorous.” Nameless Zine






Amprosia cover
Edited by Heather M. O’Connor

Ambrosia. Greeks and Romans called it the food of the gods; the elixir of life. In this volume, we satisfy a different appetite. We present Amprosia: a feast of words.

Here are 19 stories to savour: the winners, finalists and semifinalists from the fourth annual prose competition of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR.) They are in turn familiar and exotic, sweet and bitter and saucy.

Amprosia. For readers who hunger and thirst for the written word, who nibble stories one at a time or gobble them all at a single sitting, who beg for another delicious tale, bon appetit!







Whispered Words

Whispered Words
Edited by Heather M. O’Connor

Whispers hold tremendous power. To comfort – or to destroy. To thrill – or to terrify. To enthrall.

For your pleasure, the Writers’ Community of Durham Region presents the Whispered Words anthology, a collection of the finest stories from our annual prose competition. Whispered Words attracted 220 entries from across Canada and around the world.

We’ve gathered the best: twenty-seven unique and delightful voices.

They’d like to tell you a story. Find a quiet spot and listen.







Wild Words

Wild Words
Edited by Ruth E. Walker and Heather M. O’Connor

An Anthology of Outstanding Prose from the 2010 WCDR Competition.












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Urban Green Man Anthology Booktrailer

Available for: Workshops and keynotes:
-Creative writing
-Fantasy writing
-Social media and web-writing

School and library visits
-Creative writing

Awards: Ontario Arts Council Works in Progress Grant, 2011
Access Copyright Professional Development Grant, 2012
WCDR Len Cullen Education Grants, 2009, 2011

2014 Aurora Award shortlist: Urban Green Man Anthology (“Buried in the Green”)
Honourable mention, 9th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest: “One Foot in the Grave”
First place, Turn the Book short story contest, 2011: “Breakfast is Served”
Nomination, Art of Transition – Best Story, 2011

WCDR Member of the Year, 2009

Memberships: Canadian Association of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC)
Access Copyright
Canadian Children’s Book Centre
And, of course, WCDR