Playing the Short Game #2: You Sold a Story!: Contracts, Editing, & Reality with Douglas Smith

**This is a FREE Members-only workshop. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot below.

Following on from Douglas’ workshop in October 2017 and drawing from his how-to book, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, this workshop focuses on the next phase in a short story writer’s career—when you start to sell your stories. It takes a writer from when they learn an editor wants to buy their story to after it’s published and the reviews start coming.

Topics include:

  • Understanding how editors and slush piles work;
  • Why editors choose or reject stories;
  • What to look (and look out) for in short fiction contracts, and how to ask for changes;
  • How to work with an editor during the editing process for your story;
  • How to handle rejections and reviews;
  • How much promotion is reasonable when you sell a story;
  • Cool things that might happen: Awards, best of anthologies,…and even movies

Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 28th, 2019, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Newmakeit in Newmarket.

Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative fiction.” His short fiction has been published in twenty-six languages and thirty-two countries. His work includes the urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and La Danse des Esprits. His non-fiction guide for writers, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, is a must read for any short story writer.

Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. A short film based on Doug’s story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” won several awards at film festivals around the world. His website is and he tweets at

Deadline to pre-register is March 26th, 2019.

Please note: WCYR meetings are strictly for ages 18+. Teens from grades 7-12 are welcome to join our youth group at





Venue Phone: (289) 841-1270

Venue Website:

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd, Suite 200, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, L3Y 8V6


NewMakeIt is a beautiful, spacious, multi-functional coworking and makerspace shared facility in Newmarket.

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    March 28, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kim McDougall has been using Scrivener since 2006, when it was still in beta testing. She is an author, fiber artist and photographer who writes dark fantasy fiction. Under her married name, Kim Chatel, she also published 6 books for children. As co-founder of Castelane Inc., Kim has produced over 400 book trailers. Kim is also the meeting coordinator and speaker wrangler for the WCYR.

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