October in Alma.
Hello, Members and Friends.
WordsFall 2023 in Alma was a great success. The weather was spectacular, which helped us enjoy our time in Fundy Park on Saturday immensely. We thank Friends of Fundy for partnering with us on this event, and we thank the many operators who made the weekend possible, especially the Parkland Village Inn, Octopus’ Garden, Tipsy Tails, Holy Whale Brewing, Fundy Ceilidh, Paul Toner, The Captain’s Inn, Daniel Sinclair at Fundy National Park, Susan Dean, and a host of accommodations owners in the village. We thank our workshop leaders, readers and presenters for putting their best foot forward. If you came to WordsFall, I hope you found it stimulating and inspiring, and if you filled out a survey form, thank you. Professional photographs are on their way. We’ll be sure to share them when they’re ready.
Allan Cooper was not able to lead his poetry workshop at WordsFall, but he will reprise his session on nature poetry online on Saturday, December 9 from one pm to three pm. Look for the event page for this zoom event on wfnb.ca by tomorrow afternoon, November 14.
· This is the last call for book submissions for the 2023 NB Book Awards! If you are a NB resident who has published a non-fiction, fiction, poetry or picture story book (in paper form) in 2023, please check out the guidelines, fill out an entry form and mail two books to the WFNB address. Submissions in the picture book category have been particularly slow, so if you have one, please do submit ASAP.
Remember that the new dates for our annual NB Writing Competition for unpublished work will be January 1 – March 31, so you have a few more weeks to polish your pieces. Don’t forget, there are eight categories to choose from in fiction (novel and short form), non-fiction, poetry, screenplay, stories for young people, and stories by teen writers. The NB Writing Competition is open to all NB residents. If you live outside of NB, you must be a WFNB member to participate.
Rhonda & Kris
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!
Jeremy Cairns (https://www.jeremycairns.com/) hails from Saint John where he works as a freelance writer and leads the Saint John writers group (https://saintjohnwriters.wordpress.com/) . Jeremy writes in a variety of genres, from public relations and journalism to comedy, fantasy, science fiction and the spoken word. Welcome, Jeremy!
Shawn Lawlor is a writer of fiction and historical fiction, living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Welcome, Shawn!
Loretta MacLean is from Shediac and writes fiction, historical fiction, memoir, and poetry. Welcome, Loretta! Great seeing you at WordsFall.
Lorna McMaster (heartfeltseed.com) lives near St. Stephen and is interested in the following genres: Childrens, creative non-fiction, non-Fiction, poetry, science writing, middle grade. Welcome, Lorna! Great meeting you at WordsFall.
Katherine Melanie (katherinemelanie.weebly.com is a teacher and a writer originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, now living in the Moncton area. Inspired by her love of history, Katherine has written her first novel, Her, which will be released in December. Katherine likes to write in the genre of historical fiction. Welcome, Katherine!
Dianne Pennell (https://www.diannepennell.com/?fbclid=IwAR1_vl3APNrbNUUcqHBY-MalYiJusnsu4221b7MVm0qMBOJlStREVryQhxI) lives in the Bathurst area where she enjoys writing fiction, romance, suspense, and young adult. Welcome, Dianne!
Don Bourque welcomes you all to the launch of his novel, "The High Priestess," the third volume of his Willow's Wake trilogy. Come say hello to Don and get a book signed on November 25, from 11 am to 2 pm, at Dog Eared Books in Oromocto.
Drop by and see Jennifer McGrath this Saturday @chaptersmoncton ! She’ll be signing her Christmas book ‘Gadzooks The Christmas Goose’ and sharing a holiday craft. Silly geese welcome! ️ #ChristmasBooks #KidsBooks #HolidayReads #ChildrensAuthor #LocalAuthor #PictureBooks #StoryTime #AtlanticCanadaReads #IReadCanadian
WFNB member Aren Morris is one of the organizers of the inaugural Fantastic Grown-Up Book Fair on December 9 in Truro, NS. Check out more details under events.
MORE THAN WORDS: Navigating the Complex World of Communication.
Valerie Sherrard and Natalie Hyde invite you to join them on NOVEMBER 15 as they launch their new non-fiction title for middle grades. With a look at non-verbal communication, listening skills, speaking effectively, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and more, the content in MTW is supported by activities at each chapter's end, and fun artwork from David Jardine. Friends, family, teachers (along with their classes) ALL are welcome to join us! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/746340403237?aff=oddtdtcreator
Lee D. Thompson's NB Book Awards-winning novel Apastoral recently received a second printing from the publisher, Corona Samizdat Press. It is available online, or from the publisher's website. Lee's story collection A Survivor's Guide to Engine Failure at 35,000 Feet will be published in 2024 by the same press.
Have you published or self-published a book? Won an award? Are you hosting a book signing or launch event? Share it here!
Galleon Books of Moncton is pleased to announce the publication of two novels in 2023 -- Jerrod Edson's fable The Boulevard, and Jake Swan's satire Grantrepreneurs. Both authors are from the Saint John area. Forthcoming: a five-book series from Riverview's Robert Faulk, and in 2024 novels by NB-based authors N. Keane and Brent Mason, poetry from BC author Tom McGauley and short fiction from NS author Chris Benjamin. For submission guidelines, email email@example.com.
Antique Typewriter, anyone? WFNB member Doris McKay, who lives in the Petitcodiac area, has an antique typewriter for sale. If you’d like information about the typewriter and possible purchase, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pass you along to Doris.
Got questions about your contract or how to find an agent? Want advice on the publishing process or book promotion? Look no further!
The guidance counselling sessions at Assembly Press are meant to help support you in your writing and/or publishing career. Bring us your questions, challenges, or just conversation—we love connecting and are happy to help however we can.
Details and booking here. Public submissions at Assembly Press are open from September 5 to December 18.
Remember those book fairs you loved as a kid? Well, we have created the grown-up version. This is truly going to be a FANTASTIC event! We will have more than 50 East Coast authors represented at our inaugural Fantastic Grown-Up Book Fair, including:
To bring the full book fair experience to life, there will be some fun bookish vendors joining us and we will be announcing some fun surprises over the next few weeks, so follow us on FB or Insta to stay in the loop! PLEASE SHARE with those you know who love books and #readlocal
Plus, there will be an Author Social from 4:30-6 at the same location. WFNB members are welcome to join us for the social at no cost - RSVP to email@example.com before Dec 2, 2023.
WORDFEAST - We're currently putting together the lineup for our 7th Word Feast which will take place this February 8-11. If you are interested in reading at the festival or hosting a workshop, we'd love to hear from you! Email us your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org. Traditionally and self-published authors are welcome to apply.
COMPETITIONS AND CONTESTS
The Fiddlehead’s 2023 Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem is open for submissions! Send us your best, unpublished poems by December 1, 2023 for a chance to win $2000 and publication in the spring issue of The Fiddlehead. This year’s contest will be judged by Kirby, Sadiqa de Meijer, and Rebecca Salazar! See the full contest details and rules https://thefiddlehead.ca/contest
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. Lindsey Childs, Assistant Editor
***The 2023 Deborah Wills Poetry Chapbook Competition
Produced by the High Marsh Press and students from Mount Allison University, the annual Deborah Wills Chapbook Contest honours an outstanding poetry chapbook by a poet with no previous book publication (either trade collections or chapbooks). The winner receives $500 and chapbook publication, as well as a chance to work with the editors and designers on their manuscript. Deadline: December 1st, 2023 Visit www.highmarshpress.ca for contest details and to enter.
"THE DAVE" IS BACK!
Dave Williamson National Short Story Competition
The Manitoba Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce the Dave Williamson National Short Story Competition has returned for its second year - with cash prizes worth $2000, complimentary membership for winners, and guaranteed publication for winners and honorary mentions.
Check out our poster, follow the link to the complete guidelines posted on our https://mbwriters.ca/programs/short-story-competition/, and begin to capture those thoughts tantalizing your mind and shape them into a story. If you have any questions, please contact us at MWGcontesto@gmail.com (the 'o' in contesto is the letter 'o' not the number zero).
Our Inaugural Dave Williamson Short Story Competition was listed as one of Reedsy's best writing contests of 2023.
Call for Entries: 2024 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Calling all indie book authors and publishers - including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2022, 2023 or 2024 or with a 2022, 2023 or 2024 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards offers more than 80 awards – more than 80 monetary prizes totaling over $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!
"Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and non-fiction, but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry," notes Marilyn Allen. "Finally, an awards program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. I have been a part of representing over 100 authors, and always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 80 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve."
Entry deadline for the 2024 awards program – February 14, 2024. https://www.indiebookawards.com/
Announcing the Seventh Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction
For the seventh annual prize, Pottersfield Press is again looking for submissions from writers who can provide a manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words in any of the following categories: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or virtually any existing or new category that uses the nonfiction medium to tell a story or put forward an idea. The First Prize winner will receive a contract for the publication of the winning book along with a $1000 advance on 10% royalty for all sales. The Second Prize winner will also see the publication of the book and a $800 advance on 10% royalties. Deadline is April 30, 2024 but early submissions are encouraged. Submit your manuscript electronically as a double-spaced basic Word document to: email@example.com include on the title page your name, address and email address. Entry fee is $25 (includes HST) and can be paid by Interac Transfer (also to firstname.lastname@example.org), Paypal or by cheque made out to Pottersfield Press mailed to 248 Leslie Road, East Lawrencetown, NS B2Z 1T4 Canada after the manuscript has been submitted by email. www.pottersfieldpress.comWinners will be announced on June 30, 2024.
The winners of the Sixth Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction are Martin Bauman in first place for Hell of a Ride and Chris Harvey-Clark in second place for In Search of The Great Canadian Shark. Bauman’s top winning entry is a coming-of-age tale of a 7,000-kilometre solo bicycle voyage across Canada. The second-place winner is a first-hand account of diving research adventures with sharks and other exotic undersea creatures in Canadian waters. Both books will be published by Pottersfield Press in 2024.
An exciting new prize will launch at the end of November.
From November 30 submissions to The Paul Cave Prize for Children's Literature will open to writers and poets from around the world.
"Writing an engaging children's story that grips the reader is difficult," says one of the judges, Tim Saunders.
"It's a great opportunity for budding writers especially when getting noticed by a publisher is one of life's great challenges."
Entries close February 28, 2024.
There are three categories:
Best short story - 5,000 words or under
Best flash fiction - 300 words or under
Best poem - 30 lines or under
Winners will receive a cash prize and a copy of the book. More information here: https://tsaunderspubs.weebly.com/the-paul-cave-prize-for-childrens-literature.html
Jury Announced and Call for Submissions Issued for the 27th Annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award
The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Gleed family are pleased to announce the jury for the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for the best first Canadian collection of short fiction in the English language, now celebrating its 27th year.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Artist in Residence Winter 2023 Spring 2024 - The City of Saint John invites artists and artist-led groups, to submit Expressions of Interest to be selected for the 2023/2024 Winter/Spring Artist in Residence Program.
Community engagement remains at the heart of this program, which is open to artists practicing in all mediums including but not limited to:
· visual (painting, sculpture),
· literary (poetry, collective works),
· performance (dance, music, opera, theatre, musical theatre),
· new media (film, television, radio, audio, video, animation, digital), or
· multidisciplinary and the intersectionality therein.
Artists should note this is not a live-in residency. Permits may be issued for temporary use of public spaces for artistic creation and presentation.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Saint John Community Arts Board, three residences will be awarded at $4000.00 each. At least one of the three selected submissions will be awarded to applications from artists from equity seeking groups (Black, Indigenous, racialized, differently abled communities, 2SLGBTQIA+, low- income, unhoused, and the intersection of those groups).
Artists will be scored based on their previous body of work and experience; capacity to engage the community; ability to deliver work of high artistic quality on time and on budget; as well a project proposal that is realistic and achievable and has a vision for community involvement.
Previous City of Saint John Artists-in-Residence and City of Saint John employees are not eligible to apply.
Submission Deadline: Friday November 24th at 11:59 p.m.
Artists are asked to read the Call to Artists document on the City’s website: Microsoft Word - Call to Artists FINAL (saintjohn.ca)
Application form can be found at Artist in Residence Winter 2023 Spring 2024 | City of Saint John, New Brunswick
Fredericton Writers’ Groups
Journals, Zines and Podcasts
Publishers and Literary Markets
Grants, Residencies and Poet Laureateships
An artist with a new and early career artist profile is eligible to apply for grants from three Explore and Create components:
To be eligible as a New/Early Career Artist, you must:
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
Services for Writers
Writing Mentoring /Coaching
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Ongoing Membership Benefits
Group Health Insurance for Writers
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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.
The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick acknowledges that the land on which we live and work, gather and create is, by law, the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples, and we honour the spirit of the Treaties of Peace and Friendship.
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 Urchin, Floorboards, Germination, Qwerty, New Muse of Contempt, Dooryard Post, ArtsAtlantic, Intervales, First Encounter, Galleon, Vox, Studies in Canadian Literature, Ellipse, Pottersfield 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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."
We have just updated our list in Inkspot thanks to a recent informative post on our Facebook page, but there are undoubtedly more writing groups. We'd like to know more about groups in Moncton, and ones that take place outside of our three major cities.
Do you have a writers' group that meets elsewhere? From Sackville/Dorchester, up the Acadian coast to Shediac, Bouctouche, Richibucto, all the way to the Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton or Edmunston? How about along the Fundy coast, or the Western part of New Brunswick? If you do, and you are open to new writers, please let us know.
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.
Once again, 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 email@example.com, 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.