Inkspot: November 2023

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 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Remember that the new dates for our annual NB Writing Competition for unpublished work will be January 1 – March 31, so you have a few more weeks to polish your pieces.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


Jeremy Cairns ( hails from Saint John where he works as a freelance writer and leads the Saint John writers group ( . 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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: 


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

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 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:

✅ traditionally-published

✅ hybrid-published and

✅ self-published authors

✅ small presses.

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 before Dec 2, 2023.

Fredericton Event

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 Traditionally and self-published authors are welcome to apply.

Live Canon - For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. Visit the website, check out their Lunchtime Reading Series.


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

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 for contest details and to enter.



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, and begin to capture those thoughts tantalizing your mind and shape them into a story. If you have any questions, please contact us at (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.


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: pottersfieldcreative@gmail.comand 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, 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: 


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.

This year’s jury comprises authors Danila Bothapaulo da costa, and Souvankham Thammavongsa.

A short list will be announced in May 2024, with the winner and two finalists being named in June 2024. The winner receives $10,000 and each of the two finalists is awarded $1,000.

To be eligible, books must be first collections of short fiction written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and published in Canada in the English language in the 2023 calendar year. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2024. Eligible titles may be submitted by publishers according to submission guidelines available at


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 (

Application form can be found at Artist in Residence Winter 2023 Spring 2024 | City of Saint John, New Brunswick


Fredericton Writers’ Groups

  • Ann Kitching is hosting a Sunday Morning Writers Group from 9 am to noon, starting on 17 Sept 2023. We'll write, chat, and increase our output. Meet at 209 Willow Ave in Fredericton North. Free to join. Contact with any questions--kindly write "Writers Group" in the subject line.

    Also, Ann leads courses through Dog Eared Books in Oromocto on Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm. (Bad weather moves the course to Willow Ave in F'ton.) Starting on Friday, 6 October, our mission is to write serial adventures (one complete story per week) for a character of our choosing. By the end of May, we should have enough chapters to publish as a book which is our aim for next summer. This course is $15/week (alumni pay $10).

  • Freddy Words (a public Facebook group) is connected, though not currently as active and not specifically tied to NaNo. It was (and hopefully will be again) a year-round group.

  • Lou Ellen Mielke Somerville tells us about FredNoWriMo, which is a collection of Fredericton NaNoWriMo participants who are always open to accepting new members/participants. Check out their private Facebook group. They are doing virtual events and aim to get back into having in-person events - primarily from late October to early December. There is also CampNaNo in April and July. Lou Ellen is one of two Municipal Liaisons this year.

Saint John Writers’ Groups
  • Jeremy Cairns tells us about Saint John Writers (SJW), which meets every Sunday. They welcome a wide variety of ages and different types of writers. They are about getting together and producing, rather than exchanging work or reading aloud. They write from 10 am-11:30 am and then they sit and discuss narrative, character development, publishing, etc.

  • John Hanson tells us that Fog City Scribes has become a loose connection for writers in the Saint John area, originally formed for NaNoWriMo.

  • Amanda Evans and Jaimie McGivery tell us about Write Now Saint John, which is a social writing group which takes place every other Thursday evening (the next one is Thursday, September 21st) at Homeport Inn on Douglas Avenue. They review work, do activities, and have social events. The proprietor of the Homeport Inn is Lane Mack and her husband’s name is Neil. Email:
    Other Writing Groups
  • The Chapter One Writing Group, led by Roche Sappier, has moved to a monthly format 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

    • Assembly Press will publish a balanced mix of voice-driven and concept-driven fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We want our books to be notable for engaging with contemporary issues with thoughtfulness, incisiveness, and passion in equal measure.  We welcome submissions by all writers regardless of publication history or writing experience, and especially by equity-seeking writers marginalized by attitudinal, historic, social, and environmental barriers based on age, ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, and transgender status.  

      We are committed to driving change in the publishing industry, and one way we can do so is to prioritize submissions written by equity-seeking writers. To serve this priority, we will push proposals and manuscripts of all genres by these authors to the front of our reading queue.

    • 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.

    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 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."

    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, 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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