Literary Competition Announced

Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick launches 2014 literary competition

Over $2,000 in cash prizes to be awarded

 Moncton (NB) December 18, 2013 - The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB)’s now accepting submissions to its 2014 Literary Competition, with over $2,000 in cash prizes to be awarded.

The prize purse includes the David Adams Richards Prize for the winning submission in one of three categories: 1) collection of short stories; 2) short novel; or 3) substantial portion of a longer novel.

Outstanding work in other genres is recognized with the awarding of the Douglas Kyle Memorial Prize for short fiction and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for poetry manuscripts. In addition, there are awards for top entries in single poem, creative non-fiction and children’s literature (prose or verse written for children ages 3 to 8) categories.

The competition also honours the writing talents of youth with the presentation of the Sheree Fitch Prize for young writers, ages 14 to 18.

The competition is open to members of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick and residents of New Brunswick.

Entries must be postmarked by February 28, 2014 and mailed to WFNB, 527 Dundonald Street, Suite 151, Fredericton, NB, E3B 1X5. For more information, a complete list of contest rules and entry fees, visit, telephone (506) 260-3564 or email

Refer to submission rules on this website for further details.

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September a busy month for Readings and Workshops

It’s a busy month of September in southern NB for word lovers.
First, the readings:
Novelist Donna Morrissey (Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance) will be reading at the La Teraz Gallery in Moncton on September 15 at 8pm. Local writer Laura Valvasori-Black will read before Donna. La Teraz is located at 154 Church Street and all are welcome.  Cash bar, refreshments.
Novelist Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes) will be in Moncton for the Frye Festival’s annual Community Read.  When?  September 20, 5 – 7, at the City Hall lobby.  The event is free and there will be a reception afterwards.
Novelist Lynn Coady will be at the Moncton Public Library on September 21 at 7pm.  Lynn will launching her new novel The Antagonist.  Again, all are welcome.
And the workshop:
Donna Morrissey, September 17:
A CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP with Best-selling, international award winning author, Donna Morrissey, Riverview Public Library
Donna Morrissey is the author of four award-winning novels – Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance, Sylvanus Now and What They Wanted as well as a screenplay, Clothesline Patch, which won a Gemini Award.  She is currently writing her fifth novel, and her first children’s fable.  Donna grew up in a small fishing outport in Newfoundland and now lives in Halifax where she has taught creative writing at Dalhousie University as well as at Humber College in Toronto.  Her work has been translated into Japanese, Dutch, German and Italian.  For more information about Donna, visit
The Workshop is a one day, six hour workshop designed around:
Finding the Heart of your Story
Rediscovering Rhythm in Language
The three dynamics of Writing Effective Scenes
A fun, intriguing technique of Writing Super Great Sentences
Designed for:  beginning writers, those wishing to enrich their writing skills or looking for inspiration/motivation, and/or those wishing to play with words and develop right brain thinking.
Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 9:00 – 3:00 (bring doggie bag for lunch)
Bring: Pen, paper – and smiles for teacher!
Cost:  $85.00 per person
To REGISTER for the Workshop email:
or, call Charlene @ (902) 425 – 1120
ps, if problem with email above, email Donna @
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Bedclothes Baby

Thought I’d share this fine bit of writing with you. Chad Pelley, who runs Salty, and who some of you met at WordsSpring, has posted the winning story in our literary competition’s short fiction category. The story is “The Bedclothes Baby” by Jane Gillies of Belleisle Creek, NB.


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Maritime Writers’ Workshops going strong

After 35 years, one of Canada’s oldest and most established events for aspiring writers, Maritime Writers’ Workshops, has evolved with the times and is stronger and better than ever.   The annual event, open to all, runs from July 4 – 8, 2011 at University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

“A change in format with greater choice of topics, shorter workshops, and instruction by some of the most talented and successful writers in the region has contributed to increased interest and registrations,” according to Beth Paynter, coordinator of the workshops.

To make the workshops more accessible and affordable, organizers have moved from a one-week residential program and now offer individual day or evening workshops that fit more easily into people’s schedules and are less expensive.  This year there is also a reduced student rate.

The topics have been updated to be more relevant to 2011, with workshops on popular fiction, writing for kids and teens, mystery writing, e-publishing, blogging, spoken word and hiphop, and many more.

“This year there is the widest variety of workshops ever, and the instructors include some of the best writing talent in the country such as Sheree Fitch, Mark Jarman, Linda Hall, Bob Mersereau, Deborah Carr, Jo-Anne Elder, Sue Fisher, Biff Mitchell, Andrew Titus, and Kathie Goggin.  We’re also excited to have Suzanne Alexander from Goose Lane Editions discussing how to pitch to a publisher and giving feedback on story ideas,” said Ms. Paynter.

Maritime Writers’ Workshops was founded in the mid-1970s by Nancy Bauer and Mary Lund to create an apprenticeship experience for aspiring writers in the Maritimes. It grew into something far larger than they dreamed it would, attracting some of Canada’s finest writers as presenters and instructors.

“The workshop ran for a full week in early summer and everyone stayed in the Lady Beaverbrook Residence at UNB.  There were classes in the day and readings in the evenings. Our philosophy was that the workshop should be intensive to submerge participants in the creative process. It was exciting—there was nothing like it anywhere else,” said Ms. Bauer.

Alden Nowlan, writer-in-residence at UNB at the time, used to have the students visit him to talk about their work.  “The students found it was a life-changing experience.  We had very little in the way of funding and were lucky to break even.  But the workshop survived, year after year,” said Ms. Bauer.

Today, more than three decades later, Maritime Writers’ Workshops are not only surviving, they are thriving.  Find out more at

For more information contact:
Beth Paynter, Coordinator
Maritime Writers’ Workshops
(506) 458-7106

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WFNB Literary Competition Winners

Our 2011 Literary Contest was a tremendous success. We had over 140 entries in 7 categories and the competition was fierce. Winners were announced at WordsSpring in Sussex. Please check our current Winners page for the list.


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