David Adams Richards Prize

Fiction Manuscript

  • Story collection, novella, or novel extract
  • 15,000 to 30,000 words
  • Individual stories can be previously published, but a novella or novel extract must be unpublished
  • First Prize $400, Second Prize $200, Third Prize 1 year WFNB membership

2024 Judge: Trudy J. Morgan

Trudy Morgan-Cole is a writer and educator in St. John's, Newfoundland. She is the author of numerous works of historical fiction including By the Rivers of Brooklyn, Most Anything You Please, and A Sudden Sun. Her latest work, the Cupids Trilogy (A Roll of the Bones, Such Miracles and Mischiefs, A Company of Rogues), is a fictional exploration of the earliest English settlements on the island of Newfoundland. Trudy's particular interest is in uncovering and re-imagining the lost and silenced voices of women in history.

2022-23 Judge: Michelle Wamboldt 


First Place: Zev Bagel (Shediac, NB), Seeking Isak Lowenstein

Second Place: Ed Lemond (New Richmond, QC), The Last Thing She Said

Third Place: Kelly Alcorn (Rollingdam, NB), Grand Manan

2021-22 Judge: Thomas Moore


First Place: Heather Gunn, Her Wilco Years

Second Place: Vanessa Hawkins, Dante's Inferno: Canto X

Third Place: Richard Toth, Easy Up and Down

"I won the David Adams Richards prize (for a collection of short stories) in 2005. I was super happy to have that as a thing to mention in every single query letter I sent to agents and publishers trying to get published. My advice: Enter."

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