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Winners Announced for the 2024 NB Writing Competition!

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May 14, 2024 – The Writers' Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) has announced the winners of its annual New Brunswick Writing Competition. The winners will be celebrated at a literary soiree on Friday evening, May 31, at the Empress Theatre in Moncton, as part of WFNB’s annual WordSpring writing festival. The public is invited to attend the readings.

The program celebrates eight categories of unpublished writing. There were a record number of submissions this year in almost every category, creating more difficult choices for the peer judges-who are chosen from outside of the province. They consistently reported that the submissions displayed a diverse spectrum of high-quality writing talent in the province.

The finalists are as follows:

The David Adams Richards Prize for fiction
Judge: Trudy Morgan-Cole

The judge said, "This was a great set of submissions, with many of them being very strong pieces that felt ready for submitting to a publisher, based on the excerpts provided. Choosing three top selections for first, second, and third prize was challenging, choosing among those top three was extremely difficult. All three winners, as well as the honourable mention, were engaging stories that held my attention and made me want to read to the end, and all were also technically excellent writing – clear, vivid, and original." 


First Place – Alison Taylor (Fredericton, NBConfessions of a Binge Drinker

Second Place – Thomas Chamberlain (Rothesay, NB)  Happenstance

Third Place – John McNeil (Fredericton, NB)Little Blue Dancers


Honourable Mention – Jane Simpson (Belleisle Creek, NB), The Watering of the Girls


Douglas Kyle Memorial Prize

Judge: Willow Kean


First Place – Heather Gunn (Moncton, NB)Very Best  

Second Place — Trent Pomeroy (Rothesay, NB), Jack Currie

Third Place—Olivia Mazerolle (Moncton, NB), The Ducks 


The Alfred G. Bailey Prize for Poetry Manuscript

Judge: Susan Gillis


First Prize: Grace Taylor (Fredericton, NB ) Wolf Peach

Second Prize: Ed Lemond (New Richmond, Quebec)Unfinished Lines

Third Prize: Shane Neilson (Cambridge Ontario)The Reign

Honourable Mention: Jane Tims (Rusagonis), Wings of a Moth 


The Dawn Watson Memorial Prize for Single Poem

Judge: Jeanette Lynes

The judge said: "Thanks for the opportunity to read the entrants work! Nearly all the poems had some kind of ‘spark’ so it took awhile to think it all through."


First Place: KC Clark (Saint Andrews, NB), A Crack in the Idyllic

Second Place: Grace Taylor (Fredericton, NB) Time Moves Backwards for Herakles in the Dollhouse

Third Place: Melanie Craig-Hansford (Hampton, NB), Expiration


Honourable Mention: Jennifer McMullin (Fredericton, NB) Red Mug


The WeyMedia Books for Young People Prize

Judge: Lorna Schultz Nicholson

The judge said, "This wasn't easy but I picked the winners! There were some amazing stories and I had a hard time choosing."


First place--Cheryl Thomas (Lower Coverdale, NB), Marven Morton’s Marvellous Notions 

Second place--Mary Mesheau (Fredericton, NB)A Bridge to the Past 

Third place--Kelly Alcorn (Rollingdam, NB)Dirt Angels


Honourable Mention--Gail Collette (Miramichi, NB), Call Me Captain Molly Kool

Honourable Mention, Jennifer Houle (Hanwell, NB),The Wishing Broom


The Sheree Fitch Prize for Teen Writers

Judge: Jay McGrath

The judge said, "Never been as humbled as I am reading these entries as a judge. A lot of the process was me going ‘Wow, wish I was clever enough to think of something like that.’


First Place—Yutong (Teresa) Wu (Moncton, NB), Sunken Ship of Theseus

Second Place—Alison O’Reilly (Quispamsis, NB)Nameless

Third PlaceMadeline Bowie (Fredericton, NB)Where I’m From


Honourable Mention—Sarah Hackett (Moncton, NB)The Wolf Cries

Honourable Mention – Ziwen Wang (Moncton, NB) Wait for Me to Come Home

Honourable Mention– Eliza Johnson (not stated) Lost Echoes

Honourable Mention – Quinn Ryan (Johnville, NB) Centerstage

Honourable Mention—Ibtihaaj Enitan-Adelakun, (Moncton, NB), Melting Horizons

Honourable Mention—Lilyana Page (canadalily.com),Goldilocks and the Wolf

Honourable Mention—Sarah Harfoush (not stated)Mind of Walls





The Narrative Non-Fiction Prize

Judge: Shelly Kawaja

The judge said, "We received some fabulous submissions for the narrative non-fiction prize! It was an honour to read these stories, and a struggle to choose, however, the winning entries are clear."


First place: Allison Billings (Rothesay, NB)The Massive Continuity of Ducks

Second place: Trent Pomeroy (Rothesay, NB)Rabbits

Third place: Eve Allen (Moncton, NB)Friends Without Names


Honourable Mention: Brent Mazerolle (Moncton, NB), The Storm with No Name


The Jane LeBlanc Screenwriting Award

Judge: Carlos Anthony


First Place: Tammy Boyer (Saint John, NB), The Bench

Second Place—Alison Taylor (Fredericton, NB) Sleepers

Third Place—Louis Anthony Bryan (unknown)Vertices


The WFNB congratulates all the winners, and all who submitted to the competition. The New Brunswick Writing Competition began in 1985, the same year as the WFNB's date of incorporation. We’ve held it annually ever since, awarding hundreds of prizes over the decades. Many past winners have since achieved national and international publishing fame. It opens every year on January 1.


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Runs January 1 to March 31 annually 

The program celebrates eight categories of unpublished writing in the genres of novel, short story, single poem, poetry manuscript, books for young people, and stories by teens, as well as unpublished short film script, and narrative non-fiction. You must be a New Brunswick resident to participate in our provincial competition, unless you are a WFNB member - members can participate from anywhere.

The New Brunswick Writing Competition began in 1985, the same year as the WFNB's date of incorporation. It’s been held annually ever since, awarding thousands of dollars in prizes over the decades. Many past winners have since achieved national and international publishing fame. 

How to Submit

  • Review the submission category guidelines 
  • Prepare your submission - word counts are strict!
  • Wait for the competition to open on January 1
  • Go to the WFNB Writing Competition page (this one!)
  • Select your category (at right)
  • Click the "Pay Now" button
  • Click the "Add to Cart" button
  • Complete the checkout process
  • Email your submission and your cover letter (two separate documents please) to info@wfnb.ca

Guidelines

Entries will not be considered until both the manuscript and payment have been received.
  • The entry fee will not be refunded if your submission is ineligible. 
  • All submissions are final
  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

WHEN: The 2024 season will run from January 1, 2024 to March 31, 2024

WHO: 

  • Open to New Brunswick residents, and all WFNB members, including those living outside the province of NB. 
  • WFNB members pay a reduced entry fee. 
  • WFNB directors and executive are not eligible.

WHAT:

  • All entries must be original, unpublished works. 
  • Entries must not have been accepted for publication, or previously published in magazines, online magazines, blogs, other online publications, or in self-published works. 
  • For detailed guidelines, see the specific category under "Submission Categories" above

HOW:

  1. Review the submission category guidelines before submitting 
  2. Prepare your submission - word counts are strict!
  3. Wait for the competition to open on January 1
  4. Go to the WFNB Writing Competition page (this one!)
  5. Select your category
  6. Click the "Add to Cart" button
  7. Complete the checkout process
  8. Send your submission and cover letter to info@wfnb.ca

WINNERS:

  • We notify all winners in early May. 
  • All winners will be invited to read from their submission at the Literary Soirée during WordSpring, where the prizes will be awarded. 
  • Judges will provide brief comments for the first-, second-, and third-place winner.

NOTES:

  • Submit as many texts as you wish in one or all categories. 
  • Each text may be submitted to only one category. 
  • You must complete a separate entry and pay the entry fee for each manuscript entered.
  • Judging is blind. Prizes will be awarded (or not) at the discretion of the judges.
Questions? Email info@wfnb.ca.

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