Inkspot: August 2023

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Aboiteau Beach, Cap Pelé - We hope you're enjoying a view where you are this summer.

Like the long waves on a sea beach,

Where the sand and silver shines,

With a soft, monotonous cadence,

Flow its unrhymed lyric lines-

The Secret of the Sea, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Happy August, Members and Friends.

We had a great response to our Annual Writers' Retreat, which takes places August 18-20. The deadline has passed, but if you'd like to attend last minute, let us know. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Looking ahead to the Fall, we've teamed up with the Friends of Fundy to present WordsFall on October 27-29 in Alma. Our partnership with Friends of Fundy will continue in 2024 in Sussex, and 2025 in St Martins.

October in Alma.

We're looking forward to lots of interesting information and opportunities to mingle with other writers, in the outstanding natural setting of the Bay of Fundy. Normally closed for the season, The Parkland Village Inn has agreed to open up for us and provide most of the accommodations. The workshops will be held at the Parkland Village Inn, and the new Alma Gallery space across the street.

If you can't commit to coming for the whole weekend, how about a Saturday day pass, so you can take in a couple of workshops, have lunch and enjoy Fundy Park?

We will also offer registration per workshop, if you just want to take a trip to Alma to hear a particular speaker. It's a gorgeous drive, and we will hope and pray for mild weather! The Fundy is mercurial, but you never know...

Here's the lineup so far:

FRIDAY, October 27

VENUE: Octopuses’ Garden

5 pm – We encourage people to come for dinner

6 pm to 7 pm – Open Mic Readings/book launches

7:00 to 7:30 pm –music by TBD

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Readings

Duncan Ireland, 20 minutes 

Alan Cooper 20 minutes 

Carlos Anthony, 20 minutes 


VENUE: Workshops at the Parkland Inn or the Alma Gallery

9 am to 11 amTeri Kingston –Professional Speaking for writers/presenters

11:30 am12:30 pm - Fundy National Park Forest Tour 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – LUNCH (tentative location, Fundy Park)

1:30-3:30 pm -- Allan Cooper - Poetry and the Natural World— (tentative location, Fundy Park) 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Ruth McLean—Writing Romance (Gallery)


Carlos Anthony – Screenwriting (Parkland Inn meeting room)

7:00 pm – 10:00 – Music and words at the Gallery–

music by Fundy Ceilidh, et al.

Reading: Vanessa Hawkins

Catering and cash bar                        


Venue:  Gallery and Parkland Inn

9:30 am – 11:30 am – Roche Sappier

-- Talking Circle: Mythologies that derive from Indigenous Roots (GALLERY)


9:30 am – 11:30 am – Vanessa Hawkins

Writing Fantasy  (PARKLAND)


Rhonda Bulmer and Kris Windley

Dieppe, New Brunswick.(Make sure to take in some activities during Quinze-Août - August 15, National Acadian Day!)


Bonnie Baird - Bonnie lives in Sackville and is a full-time writer who specializes in poetry, although she's interested in many genres. Welcome, Bonnie!

Carolyn Higgins -  Carolyn is an educator in Fredericton and is interested in poetry, Blogging, Creative non-fiction, Essays, and Memoir. Welcome, Carolyn! Check out Carolyn's blog here:

David Hansford - David lives in Hampton where he is a retired teacher. He writes Fiction and Flash/Micro fiction. welcome, David!

    John Kelley - is from Quispamsis, and focuses on flash/micro fiction. Welcome, John!

    April Morgan is from Sackville and writes in the genres of EssaysMemoir, and Non-Fiction. Welcome, April!

    Tammy Morgan also lives in Sackville and focuses on fiction. Welcome, Tammy!

    Aren Morris - Aren A. Morris ( is a Halifax-based educator, performer and novelist. She is co-owner of Black Box Publishing House, a relatively new press with a focus on Maritime Authors and works by, for and about women. Aren’s debut novel, We Happy Few, was released in May 2022. She is now working on her sophomore novel, another historical fiction set in NS and Europe during the First World War. She is interested in the genres of Historical FictionPlaywritingPoetryRomanceScriptwriting

      Carol Taylor ( Carol is a visual artist/ potter from Rothesay who is interested in the genres of creative non-fiction, fiction, illustration, non-fiction, and flash/micro fiction. Welcome, Carol!


      Anne-Marie Beattie (pen name Anne Murphy) announced the release of her new book, Women of Western New Brunswick, on June 21. Find it on Amazon:

      This collection of multiple biographies from a single writer and contributing writers features women born or living on the Western border of New Brunswick, from Tobique First Nation to the Fundy Shores. The resourcefulness of women remains constant. Whether 1825 or 2025, mothers are still protective of their children, aging parents, and terminal spouses. Women still struggle. The struggle was, and still is, a juggling of home and children while balancing a source of outside income. This book features a cross-section of women born or having lived in the western part of NB spanning 200 years . They share the commonality of struggle.

      WFNB members Ryla Nicholas, and her father (and new board member!), Roche Sappier, leader of Chapter One Writing Group in Perth - Andover, have submitted an entry on her paternal grandmother, Rena Sappier.


      Steve Chiasson (pen name S.C. Eston) has launched a new project titled The Baneseeker Project. It’s a new open-ended dark fantasy series, set in the world of Arvelas, the same setting as his novella The Conclave. This time, Steve invites interested readers to participate in the development of the story and possibly influence the direction of the series!

      Anyone interested can join and provide feedback at their own convenience. Some will jump in from the beginning and receive early drafts of stories before they are edited or published. Other readers wait until the books are published and provide their comments then. Any feedback that is selected and included in a book will see the contributor’s name included in the book. It’s a great way to learn about the process of building a story and publishing a book. More information can be found on the official project page on Steve’s website, here: Everyone is welcome to join!


      CSG Publishing House is proud to announce the upcoming novel, Dante's Inferno by Charlotte St. James (the pen name of WFNB member Vanessa Hawkins).

      Dante's Inferno is a sexy retelling of Dante Alighieri's 14th century epic poem, Divine Comedy and runner up of the 2022 David Adams Richard's Award.


      Joan Hall Hovey launches her new book, The Long Dark Road, on August 26, 2023, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Joan will sign your new book at the Partridge Island Publishing bookstore, located at the AREA 506 container village at 85 Water Street, Saint John. Check out Joan’s work at


      Benjamin McFarlane has just published a novella (Two Tales of New Brunswick Bootlegging/Deux histoires de "Bootlegging" au Nouveau Brunswickin a somewhat unconventional way. Moonshine Creek Distillery commissioned two war veteran stories, dramatizing numerous historical events in the Northwestern part of the province.

      This is Benjamin's first published fiction, and finding all the historical events and details was an extremely large research project, including sorting through hundreds of newspaper articles, correspondences and court records to produce the story of Etienne Dubois, who is based on a real New Brunswick WWI veteran. Readers will have an entertaining first-hand account of dramatic events in Madawaska, some of which have not been talked about since they happened a century ago.

      At $40 plus shipping, Ben likes to say it comes with a free bottle of top shelf 3-year-old rum. (they come as a pair) :)


      The Word Feast Literary Festival Society is searching for enthusiastic board members passionate about New Brunswick literature! We are looking for people who want to take a hands-on approach to planning events, coordinating writing contests, and leading the literary festivals society in a positive direction focused on longevity. Experience with board procedures or literary events is an asset but not required.

      Positions to fill:

      ·  Treasurer

      ·  General board member

      If you are interested in joining the board or would like more information, please contact Grace Taylor (Chair, They/Them) by email at


      On Saturday, October 14the Fredericton Public Library (12 Carleton Street, Fredericton) will host a Local Authors Book Fair onsite in conjunction with Word Feast 2023. We are excited to issue a call for participants in the local writing and publishing communities.

      This free day-long event will provide the opportunity for New Brunswick-based authors to speak about or read from their book in a public space, to sell their book if they wish, and meet other authors and local readers. 

      This will be a free drop-in event for the public consisting of about 15 presenting authors and up to 30 authors selling books, with time and space provided for light refreshments and perusing tables. Author involvement consists of offering a 10–15-minute presentation or a reading of their book and the option to setup a table alongside fellow authors to sell and sign their book.

      Feel free to refer authors to Michelle Lovegrove Thomson ( and/or colleague Amanda Lloyd ( to reserve a table or obtain more information. We are aiming to have a tentative schedule and list of participating authors by September 15.

      Music/Musique NB is partnering with Nordicity to create an accurate profile of the New Brunswick industry

      (le français suivra)

      Music/Musique NB is partnering with Nordicity to create an accurate profile of the New Brunswick industry as well as an up-to-date assessment of music's impact on our provincial economy.

      They need people, from all sectors of the music industry, to fill out our Sound Impact survey: Artists, producers, songwriters, sound engineers, venue managers, educators, booking agents, festival organizers, music store owners, etc.

      Please help them reach as many people as possible by sharing the survey in your networks. For more information, please visit MNB's website.


      Music·Musique NB s'associe à Nordicity pour obtenir un profil précis de l'industrie de la musique au Nouveau-Brunswick, de même qu'une analyse à jour de l'impact de la musique sur notre économie provinciale. 

      Nous avons besoin que les personnes œuvrant dans les divers secteurs de l'industrie de la musique remplissent notre sondage Impact sonore: Artistes, réalisateur·trices, auteur·es-compositeur·trices, ingénieur·es de son, gérant·es de salle, éducateur·trices, agent·es de booking, organisateur·trices de festival, propriétaires de magasin de musique, etc.

      Merci de nous aider à rejoindre autant de gens que possible en partageant le sondage dans vos réseaux. Pour plus d'informations, veuillez visiter le site de MNB.


      Yolk Literary Magazine Volume 3.2 Submissions Open!

      Yolk accepts Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Visual Arts from Canadian artists. The theme for this issue is: Solastalgia.

      Do you have something in your back pocket? The submission deadline is Monday, August 14.

      They pay $30 per page, regardless of genre, up to a maximum of $200. We pay $200 for our print cover art. All contributors will also receive a free copy of the journal. *For the purposes of our publication, we consider a Canadian to be: Anyone with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, at home or abroad; Anyone currently residing in Canada.

      Direct all submissions to Please visit our submission guidelines for further information about the theme, payment, and formatting your submission.

      SUNSPOT LIT, Open call for writers and artists

      Sunspot Lit welcomes art and fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, and graphic novels from 4 words to 49,000 words (open calls for longer categories close early). Accepting genre, commercial, mainstream and literary pieces. Pays editor’s prizes and cover art. Submit at today!


      & RETREATS

      • The Canadian Freelance Guild has opened registration for four Summer Academy sessions with discounts for WFNB members. The code to use is WFNB-2023 These are CFG Experts Panels and part of our Business of Freelancing Series. This time, they'll cover Branding, Social Media, Website Best Practices and Blogging for Business.


      • WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE 2024-2025 / 2025-2026


        The Department of English invites applications for a Writer-in-Residence during the 2024/25 or the 2025/26 university sessions. Subject to budgetary approval, the position is intended to honour new and established writers whose published work demonstrates a high level of literary achievement. During the course of the residency, the author will work on their writing projects while making time available to students and writers within the University and in the community at large. Authors wishing to be considered for the position are asked to provide a letter of interest no later than Friday, September 1st, 2023

        The University provides office space and access to University facilities, promotion, performance venues, an approximately $10,000 stipend, a two-week writing retreat at Kent Cottage outside of Brigus (co-sponsored by the Landfall Trust), and a warm welcome to the University and writing community. If the Resident does not reside in the St. John’s area and needs housing support, an additional stipend may be available, pending budgetary approval from the Dean’s office. The selected author may want to make an application to the Canada Council for the Arts "Research and Creation" grant program toward the balance of their Residency costs.

        Written or electronic letters of interest should be addressed to:

        Dr. Nancy Pedri, Head

        Department of English

        Memorial University

        St. John’s, Newfoundland

        A1C 5S7


        Telephone: 709-864-8277

        All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities and racialized people; and people with disabilities.

      • Banff Centre is excited to announce its upcoming Literary Arts residencies for 2023/24 that may be of interest to you and your networks. I invite you to visit the program pages linked below to learn more.

        Winter Writers Residency 2024 This three-week residency offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room and a small private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers with the opportunity to attend inspiring talks, performances, and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work. Faculty: Casey Plett, Waubgeshig Rice, and Kwame Fraser Program Dates: January 15 - February 02, 2024 | Application Deadline: September 06, 2023 

        Late Winter Writers Residency Online 2024 This two-week online session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice, and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty. Faculty: Fawn Parker and Annick MacAskill Program Dates: February 12 - February 23, 2024 | Application Deadline: November 08, 2023 Online programs are fully funded. For in-person programs, funding of 100% of tuition and 50% of food and accommodation is available.


      • Prairie Fire is running its annual writing contest, and would love to see some more east coast representation! There is a fee to enter, but you will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine (and the contest fee is actually less than a one year subscription). The contest has been running annually for 25 years and the magazine has been around for 45 years. Here's a link to the contest page for more info:

        Lindsey Childs, Assistant Editor


      • The Fiddlehead’s 2023 Fiction Contest is open for submissions! Send us your best, unpublished piece by September 1, 2023 for a chance to win $2000 and publication in the winter issue of The Fiddlehead. This year’s contest will be judged by Jack Wang, author of We Two Alone. See the full contest details and rules here.

      • 2023 International Literary Seminars Fiction and Poetry Contest

        In partnership with Fence! Ready to embark on an incredible literary adventure? We invite you to submit your writing for a chance to be published in Fence, one of North America’s most prestigious literary magazines, and be awarded a full scholarship to attend the December 2023 International Literary Seminars program in Kenya. The ILS program is a unique and intensive series of literary workshops, career consultations, and cultural offerings in Nairobi and Lamu, Kenya. All entries will be considered for publication in Fence or Fence Digital, and a chance to receive editorial feedback. The first-prize winner will have their work published in Fence, and will also be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, accommodations, and an airfare stipend, to attend the December 2023 International Literary Seminars program in Kenya. The second-prize winner will be offered a full tuition fee waiver to attend the December 2023 International Literary Seminars program in Kenya. The third-prize winner will be offered 50% off the tuition fee. Runners up will be awarded partial fellowships to attend the program. Read the full contest guidelines. Deadline: August 25, 2023.  Reading Fee: $19 US

      • The thirteenth annual Musicworks Electronic Music Composition Contest opens August 1, 2023. This annual juried contest spotlights new musical talent from around the world, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be heard and published. In 2022, we received 179 submissions from across North America, as well as from Brazil, Greece, Ukraine, and many more places.

        First prize: C$500, a composer profile in Musicworks in 2024, and the composition released on the accompanying Musicworks CD.

        Second prize: C$200 and composer coverage on in 2024.

        Third prize: C$100 and composer coverage on in 2024.

        Marcelle Deschênes Prize in Electronic Music / prix Marcelle Deschênes pour la musique électronique: C$300 and a composer profile in 2024. This prize is open to entrants who self-identify as female or non-binary.

        Compose and submit an experimental piece in any electronic-music genre—acousmatic, electroacoustic, glitch, soundscape, intelligent dance music (IDM), turntable art, or video music. The contest is open to entries from anywhere in the world and from artists at any stage of their careers. Pieces must be previously unpublished (i.e. not released on a commercially available recording at the time of submission).

        Maximum length: 10 minutes.

        Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.

        Contest entry fee: C$30. Unlimited additional entries are C$5 each.

        All entrants receive a one-year print subscription to Musicworks ($44–$59 value).

        Contest closes October 31, 2023.

        Prize details, eligibility, assessment criteria, rules and restrictions, and the entry portal can be found at:

        Please note: Cash prizes and entry fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

        For more information, contact Taylor Kozak at or (416) 977-3546


        • The Chapter One Writing Group, led by Roche Sappier, has moved to a monthly format, and its next meeting will be Thursday, March 23, 2023, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Perth-Andover library. All are welcome! Contact for more information.
        • The Writers of Kingston Peninsula are an eclectic group of people that write for a variety of reasons, with many motivations they joyfully share. If you’d like to join them for an exercise in writing from prompts, share your own writing journey, or just to meet other writers, check out our Facebook page or reach out to us through Messenger. Times and dates may vary.
        • The Fundy Bay Writers is open to receiving new members. They offer monthly Zoom sessions, in-person workshops, shared readings, and ongoing support for writers at all stages of the craft.  This group is affiliated with the Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Center in St. Andrews.  For more information or to join, please email Carole Martignacco and Louise Chase, WFNB members and co-founders:

        • The Writing Group Exhale: Grand Falls, meets every 3rd Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Grand Falls Public Library. The next meeting will be held on February 18, 2023. For more information contact Denise McClure at, or call 506-473-6125.
        • The AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex has a writing group that meets monthly in the gallery. For more information, check out the website, visit 12 Maple Ave., Sussex, or call (506) 433-8351.


        Unleash Creatives Community Write-ins: Let's write! Hosted by Unleash Creatives, this hour-long event will include a simple writing prompt (all genres welcome), and time to write. This community write-in will be delivered via Zoom. Free & open to everyone.
        When: 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
        Where: A direct link will be emailed 24 hours in advance. RSVP here

        The Odyssey Online Writers' Salon is meant for those who would like to participate in lively discussion about writing. Share insights, discuss struggles, set goals, ask questions, comment on stories or novels you've read, or recommend good books or resources on writing. You can also ask any questions about Odyssey programs you might have.
        When: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 8:30-9:30 p.m. AST beginning Sept. 14, 2022

        The Creative Penn - New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Penn runs a YouTube channel that provides tips on self-publishing, marketing, the business of being a writer and more.

        Janet Fitch's Writing Wednesday - Innovative Novel Structures with Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander, the Revolution of Marina M. Having taught formally for many years, Janet wanted to do something for those who are working alone, as she did. As ultimately we all are. Writing Wednesday is her gift to you.

        Every Monday at 12pm Dale L. Roberts posts a new video in his Self-Publishing with Dale series. You'll learn how to self publish a book on Kindle and paperback through Amazon KDP.

        Visit New Brunswick's incredible The Miramichi Reader for everything from coast to coast author updates, new Canadian literary releases, book reviews, interviews, writing advice, events and more!

        The (Writing) Workshop Finder website features ongoing workshops, retreats and conferences for writers. Many other resources are available here too.

        Live Canon - For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. Our courses run in person and online and engage with established and emerging poets globally. 

        Journals, Zines and Podcasts

        • Exclusive Promotional Opportunity for WFNB Members 

          Mark Dykeman is a writer from Woodstock, NB, who currently publishes a Substack newsletter called How About This described as Notebook nerdery, creativity, reading, writing, and realizing, with a dash of current events and pop culture, cooked in a curious Atlantic Canadian sauce. He invites WFNB members to be interviewed about their work and creative process as a part of his Atlantic Canada Mondays series. He is happy to link back to websites, social media, etc. as a part of the interview.

          Mark normally sends a ten-question interview by email and gathers the interviewee's responses the same way. 
          Interested? Contact Mark at
        • The Moderate Review is accepting short stories, poems, nonfiction, paintings, sculptures, 280 character stories (they will be tweeted if selected), music, and spoken word. The divisions between these art forms are arbitrary. Blur them. Newly established online journal The Moderate Review, showcasing both established and emerging literary talents, invites your words and voices to the ongoing creative discussion. Currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis with no deadlines or publishing dates. Submissions should be sent as a word attachment to There are no word limits, guidelines, or restrictions. However, all submissions must be original work and not previously published.
        • Voyage YA seeking submission — Always free. Always open. Always paid. Please read the submission guidelines carefully. Voyage has no restrictions on the kind of fiction they’re looking for. They simply aim to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what they publish, please read the archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to the general categories. New work is published weekly. Submissions are only accepted via online submission managing system, Submittable. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
        • Elegant Literature, a short fiction magazine focused exclusively on new/unpublished writers is accepting submissions in all genres, from anyone age 13 and up. We pay 10 cents a word and publish stories between 500 - 2000 words. Our contract is favourable to the author and openly available on our website. We don't allow pros to submit in order to focus on aspiring talent. Visit the website for more information.
        • Live Canon - For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. We publish anthologies, debuts and collections. Our ensemble perform poetry at theatres, festivals and events, and record poetry for radio, digital projects and interdisciplinary collaborations. We work with other art forms to create installations, interventions and experiences. We work with young people to create, explore and enjoy poetry.
        • League of Canadian Poets Poetry News - Subscribe to Poetry Pause for your daily delivery of Canadian poetry! Poetry Pause delivers more than a daily poem; it delivers the chance for folks to pause for poetry.  Sign up for Poetry Pause and spare a few minutes each day for words that heal, inspire, and sustain. We’re always accepting submissions!

        Publishers and Literary Markets

        • Atmosphere Press is a collaborative publisher, currently seeking great manuscripts from diverse (feminist!) voices. This year Atmosphere authors have sold thousands of books across five continents, received featured reviews with Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. And they’d love to see what you’ve written!
        • Authors Get Published is an online boutique publishing house located in Toronto, Ontario. They are a full-service publishing house that publishes first-time and seasoned authors on their journey to become published authors, by providing book cover creation, manuscript editing services, formatting, and more. Distributed through Ingram, Authors Get Published work to ensure that each author’s book or books receive maximum visibility online through their website and online platforms where books are sold. If you would like to submit your manuscript for consideration, please email the Editor-in-Chief Christine at They reply to every submission within 2 weeks. Visit the website for complete manuscript submission details.
        • VS. Books was founded by artist Vivek Shraya to create more intergenerational dialogue and support for artists of colour. Each year, Vivek offers a mentorship opportunity and publishing contract for a writer who is Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour. This year VS. Books’ is seeking an unpublished Indigenous writer, Black writer, or a writer of colour, over the age of 50 living in Canada.
        • Indian Ink Publishing is currently seeking completed literary fiction, trade fiction, and creative non-fiction manuscripts by emerging and established writers. Indian Ink Publishing is focused on bringing diverse narratives in to the homes of our readers. We believe that a rich story lives in every writer and consider it our number one priority to nurture that story from page to press. Storytelling is our passion. We aim to amplify underrepresented voices and capture unique experiences in the fiction and non-fiction books we publish. We are excited by prose that is compelling and innovative, bold and nuanced, that has the ability to transport the reader beyond their own imagination. We aim to publish work that reflects the diversity in Canada's cultural fabric and encourage writers who identify as women, Indigenous, persons of colour, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities to submit. 

        Grants, Residencies and Poet Laureateships

        Provincial Grants

        Artsnb administers eight grant programs. Deadlines vary throughout the year. You can submit your grant applications online. In addition, ArtsNB:

        • offers Accessibility and Equity programs which provide additional financial support to NB artists who face barriers when applying for grants or in carrying out their proposed activities.
        • The Application Assistance program, provides funding to individuals who encounter disability-related barriers to completing an online grant application; and to Indigenous artists facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers with the online application process.
        • The Access Support program is designed to provide supplemental funding to grant recipients who require disability-related assistance to carry out their proposed activities. For more information: or 506-444-4445

        Federal Grants

        • Canada Council for the Arts: New and Early Career ArtistsThe Canada Council for the Arts is making it easier for artists to apply for their first grant—they’ve launched a profile for new and early career artists. It’s part of a two-year pilot project to reach the next wave of artists in Canada and renew support to the arts sector. Artists at the start of their careers—including those who are new to Canada—can apply for Canada Council funding.

        An artist with a new and early career artist profile is eligible to apply for grants from three Explore and Create components:

        • Professional Development for Artists—Project grants to support career advancement activities for artists and artistic groups—including mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, specialized training and workshops.
        • Research and Creation—Project grants to support creative research, development and the creation of new works, including residencies.
        • Concept to Realization—Project grants to support activities that will result in completed works that are shown to the public—including public presentations, exhibitions, media arts and digital arts production ready for dissemination.

        To be eligible as a New/Early Career Artist, you must:

        • have no other approved applicant profiles with the Canada Council
        • have not previously received a grant from the Canada Council
        • be at least 18 years old
        • be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
        • have some training, experience or accomplishments in one or more of the Council’s recognized fields of practice. Past training could include mentorship, self-study, workshops, etc. Training in an academic institution is not mandatory. The Council recognizes training, experience or accomplishments that took place outside of Canada.  
        • be committed to the ongoing development of your skills and artistic practice

        Create an account on the portal, and then submit a new and early career artist profile. You can only have one of these profiles. Create it and apply with your main field of practice—you can still apply for grants with other fields of practice later on. Make sure your CV matches with the eligibility criteria listed above. We recommend you get started with your profile well ahead of the competition you’re working towards because your profile will need to be validated before you can apply for a grant. 

        Canadian Writing Markets

        • ·         The CBC has an extensive list of Canadian Literary Journals for submissions to literary magazines here and Canadian Publishing Houses here.
        • ·         Quick Brown Fox regularly updates its list of writing markets for poems, short stories and novels. The site is maintained by writing workshop instructor and author Brian Henry and is an invaluable resource for new and seasoned writers.  

        Services for Writers

        Writing Mentoring /Coaching

        • Kayla Geitzler - Creative Writing MA, Poet Laureate (2019-2022), experienced literary project manager and editor offers customized mentoring in poetry, prose and performance, professional writing services, university-level masterclass courses and engaging workshops.  Email: or visit
        • Moncton writer and editor Lee D. Thompson is offering three 55-hour novel-writing (or creative non-fiction) mentorships in 2023, with a 10% discount to WFNB members. The mentorships include developmental editing and structural guidance and are ideal for works in the early to mid stages of creation.  Though the timelines are very flexible, and may be spread over many months, the mentorships are set for February, April and June. Payment plans are available. For full details, contact
        • Shoshanna Wingate, Poet Laureate, MFA, founder of literary journal, Riddle Fence. Experienced writing teacher/coach offers one-on-one mentorship to poets and prose writers at all stages of their career. You can expect gentle and detailed feedback. Short-term or long-term projects welcome. Email:


        • Sandra Bunting Proofreading, editing or an extra polish on your short story, poem, memoir, novel or nonfiction project. Contact Sandra Bunting at Gaelóg Press Writing and Editing Services. Email: or text 506-251-5009.
        • Petrina Ferris is a technical writer who offers business documentation and communication services, science/technical editing and writing services. Visit her website for more information.
        • Kayla Geitzler (Moncton) offers full editorial services, content writing, book creation, ebooks, and professional documentation services. Creative, business, academic.
        • Lee Thompson (Moncton) provides full editorial services to WFNB writers at reasonable rates. 
        • Shoshanna Wingate (Sackville) provides full editorial services, including developmental and line editing, query letters, book proposals, and grant applications. Email: 


        • Hellhag Productions (formerly Flying Elk Photography) is located in Saint John. In addition to photography, FEP also designs book covers. If you want a great looking cover for your book, take a look at our website for inspiration:
        • Jeremy McLean (Harvey) offers services such as converting manuscripts into ebooks to sell on Amazon and Kobo; and formatting books for print-on-demand outlets such as Createspace and Lightning Source. Other services are listed on his website.


        • Rose Després (Cocagne) provides translation, proofreading and revision in and from French and English. She is a qualified translator with Canada Council for the Arts and artsnb translators, and has wide-ranging experience in diverse writing styles.

        Post a Short Ad

        It's free for members (runs indefinitely) and $15 for non-members. For members, this service includes posting your ad on the Resources page of

        Ongoing Membership Benefits

        Group Health Insurance for Writers

        The Writers’ Coalition Program offers an affordable personal health insurance plan for WFNB members. To obtain a quote, just provide your province and date of birth here.

        WFNB Bookstore Club

        Present your current membership card to receive a 10% discount at the following independent bookstores: and Blind Forest Books & Novelties in Sackville, Cover to Cover Books in Riverview, Tidewater Books in Sackville, and Westminster Books in Fredericton.

        Regional Representatives

        Region                                                                                  Representative

        Charlotte Country, St. Andrews                                Vanessa Hawkins

        Fredericton                                                               Jenna Lyn Albert

        Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview                                     Kayla Geitzler

        Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Rothesay             Martha Vowles

        Shediac                                                                     Louise Comtois

        Sussex                                                                      Jane Simpson

        Tantramar, Sackville, Port Elgin, Dorchester            Geordie Miller

        Lifetime Members

        Nancy Bauer, Ann Brennan, Kent Bulmer, Rhonda Bulmer, Wayne Curtis, Sheree Fitch, Jean Frances, Cathy Fynn, Ginny Hill, M. Travis Lane, Gwen Martin, M. Anne Mitton, David Adams Richards, Valerie Sherrard, Lee D. Thompson, Doug Underhill

        Become a Lifetime Member

        Lifetime membership costs $1000. We appreciate the generosity of  those members who are ensuring the continuity of the WFNB, and its impact on NB writers, by such a donation. Contact us at for more details.

        Lifetime Membership has been bestowed on those founding members who helped establish the WFNB in the 1980s. It is also sometimes bestowed on those who have made a significant volunteer contribution to the life of our organization.

        See the main page of our website for a list of general sponsors, and sponsors of our awards programs.

        SEEKING BACK ISSUES of Historical publications

        Dear WFNB Members:

        Ian LeTourneau is currently looking for New Brunswick books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsides, and ephemera for research and collecting purposes. He is happy to take anything you have off your hands or negotiate a fair price for the rarer stuff. Specifically, Ian is looking for:


        Cadence. Female Voices anthology. Edited by Kayla Geitzler and Elizabeth Blanchard. Frog Hollow, 2020.

        Scroll. Wombat Literary Series #1.

        Fiddlehead Poetry Books: especially Fred Cogswell, Stunted Strong (1954), Al Purdy, Emu, Remember! (1956), FIVE NEW BRUNSWICK POETS, but he also has many holes to fill from their 300+ publications.

        Any New Brunswick chapbooks, but especially 9-14, 16-20, 22-23.

        Any books or chapbooks by RM Vaughan or Owl's Head Press.

        Any chapbooks by Joe Blades or Broken Jaw Press or Wild East Publishing Co-operative (they produced the Salamanca Chapbook series).

        "A little something..." series of broadsides by Broken Jaw, Ian needs: 1, 9, 22-25, 28, 31, 36, 37.

        Very early issues of The Fiddlehead: Ian needs 1-17, 23-26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 49, 53, 55, 67, 68 and a broadside I’m a silence so grim” by Milton Acorn which was folded inside spring 1963 issue, no. 56.

        The Cormorant: I need Issues 1.1- 9.1, 10.2, 11.2-12.2, 15.1-onward but happy to have any in duplicate.

        Any back Issues of magazines such as UrchinFloorboardsGerminationQwertyNew Muse of ContemptDooryard PostArtsAtlanticIntervalesFirst EncounterGalleonVoxStudies in Canadian LiteratureEllipsePottersfield Portfolio (esp. the NB-printed ones), etc.

        Any chapbooks, broadsides, etc. by NB authors. Ian would be particularly grateful for NB literary ephemera like printed editions of NB Ink, the WFNB newsletter, old Goose Lane or Broken Jaw catalogues, event/reading posters, programs, brochures, Writing on the Wall exhibition brochures (only missing Nela Rio), newspaper sections like NB Reader, Salon. And in general, anything NB produced or by an NB author.

        Please contact Ian LeTourneau at if you have any of the above. Thank you!

        A note about our Inkspot Survey

        We sent out a call for information earlier in the summer to help develop our strategic plan and fundraising efforts. We sent a link to a long and boring survey about demographics and program satisfaction and were hoping to get enough responses to be able to measure a decent population size.

        We do know that filling out online surveys about demographics and program satisfaction is not a super exciting summer activity, so we were cautiously optimistic.

        We were very gratified to have received more than eighty completed responses, and lots of actionable suggestions and valuable info. Thank you!

        We drew an email from all of those provided by responders and have sent information to that winner about how to claim their free year of WFNB membership. Congrats!

        Many responders value WordSpring and WordsFall very highly (and the chance they provide to spend time together in community while learning craft and business skills), as well as the opportunities for employment and public outreach that programs like WiSP can provide to writers.

        You'd also like to see more monthly or online workshops, further development of public readings or showcases, the broadening of access to programs, and a solution to the problem of finding and sustaining smaller writing groups.

        Thanks again for the thoughtful and helpful responses you all took the time and effort to share with us. We'll be sharing more information about how we are planning on folding your ideas and priorities into our continued development of WFNB programs and initiatives over the coming months. We're really excited about things to come, so keep an eye out for more updates.

        A word about Writing Groups

        When filling out their member profiles, a great many people tick off the box beside the sentence, "I would like to join a writing group," and others also very often tick off, "I would like to create a writing group."

        There is a list of current writing groups (that we know of) in each issue of Inkspot, but there are undoubtedly more across New Brunswick.

        Writing groups are tricky things. There's a certain amount of magic involved in getting a productive group together, and the members themselves must be motivated to create it and keep it running.  But there is no doubt that being involved with a regular, committed writing group helps build the skills of writers and pushes them toward publication.

        In the Inkwell blog in the members-only section, there's a story entitled, "A sprinkle of fairy dust: The magic of Seaside Scribes." This story covers Martha Vowles' 2022 WordSpring workshop on How to Create and Sustain a Healthy, Happy Writing Group - She provided pdfs of her notes on that subject, and they are included at the bottom of the article. This is very practical and helpful.

        If you run a current writing group within our membership, if you would like to promote your willingness to create a writing group, or know of other writing groups who are accepting new members, please let us know at, so that we can make that information available to those who might be looking for a group with whom to share their work.

        In the meantime, if you do not have a writing group, building relationships with lots of other writers--people who you like and connect to--makes the formation of a writing group (or an invitation to join one) more likely.  I was invited into a small writing group a couple of years ago - only five people, and most live in Sussex/Elgin, so we always meet in Sussex. They are all published writers, at varying levels, and I'm lucky to be included. I drive to meet them once a month from Moncton. It's a 40-minute drive, but I gladly do it because the relationship is valuable. Another person drives from Fredericton in order to attend.

        We have breakfast and read what we're working on, and everyone comments on everyone's work, which is in itself a learning process. I don't find that I make the same insightful comments as the others, who are award-winning writers and editors. These things come with time and experience.

        If you can't find a current group right away, start at least by looking for other writers you might connect with in your community. It's worth the effort. 

        We will be thinking of ways to facilitate community-building for our membership in the future, not just for matching folk together for writing groups, but for all aspects of artistic sharing.



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