Inkspot: October 2023

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But the maple it glows with the tint of the rose 

When pale are the spring-time regions, 

And its towers of flame from afar proclaim

The advance of Winter's legions.--Charles G. D. Roberts, Poems Written before 1880

Hello, Members and Friends.

· WordsFall is just around the corner. There’s still room if you’ve been debating about whether to attend the whole weekend, just Saturday or even a workshop. Check out the lineup here.

October in Alma.

· The NB Book Awards deadline is six weeks away! Please fill in the entry form on our website, and send us your print titles for nonfiction, fiction, poetry and picture books before December 1. (We have not yet received any picture books, so please ask your publishers, or send them along yourselves.)

· Kris Windley has been working hard to coordinate Art as Infrastructure, a Rising Tide event. This panel discussion takes place this Monday evening, October 16 at 6 pm at the AX Arts & Cultural Centre in Sussex. Art as Infrastructure was coordinated in partnership with Friends of Fundy and AX Arts & Cultural Centre. See details under Sussex events.

· Please note that the dates for our annual writing competition are changing! See our news release under Newsy Bits.

· Stay tuned regarding our upcoming screening of the David Adams Richards documentary, Geographies of DAR. Details soon.


Rhonda Bulmer and Kris Windley.


Renée Belliveau ( is a writer and archivist from Sackville, New Brunswick. She is the author of the 2022 Re-Lit Novel Award shortlisted The Sound of Fire and the memoir Les étoiles à laube. She is interested in the genres of fiction and historical fiction. Bienvenue, Renée!

Jeremy Clowater is a Fredericton-based writer of Fiction, Poetry, and Songs. Welcome, Jeremy!

Dedreanna Dionne ( writes from Fredericton under the pen name D.E. Dionne, including a newsletter entitled “For the Plot,” for writers and readers. She is interested in the following genres: Biography, Blogging, Creative non-fiction, Essays, Fiction, Journalism, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Freelance writing. Welcome, Dedreanna!

Anna Holdaway lives in Hebron and writes in the genres of Biography, Children’s, and Creative non-fiction. Welcome, Anna!


Marilyn Lerch wanted to let you all know about the Sackville Arts Wall Celebration this fall where she, Janet Crawford, and Dan Steeves will be honoured. The celebration is always a joyful affair, and she hopes you will be able to come and celebrate with them!  For the exact date, time and location please click here.


Forrest Orser will be one of three poets reading on Saturday, October 14 during the Local Authors Book Fair at the Fredericton Public Library.

Emergency Flash Mob Press  has published three broadsides (a sheet of paper with a poem on one side and a note about the author on the other), including one featuring Forrest’s poem, “Your call is not important to us.”

Among other authors, more WFNB members will also be appearing at the Local Authors Book Fair, including Johanna Bertin, Don Bourque, Jo-Anne Elder, Thandiwe McCarthy, Michael Pacey and Martha Vowles.

Have you published or self-published a book? Won an award? Are you hosting a book signing or launch event? Share it here!


The Annual NB Writing Competition is changing its dates!

October 12, 2023 – The Writers' Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) has announced that its annual Writing Competition is changing its dates. Beginning this season, the NB Writing Competition will open on January 1, 2024, and run until March 31, 2024.

In previous years, the program ran from December 1 until the end of February the following year. The change is being made for two reasons. “Beginning in January instead of December means that the three-month competition is contained in one calendar year,” says Rhonda Bulmer, executive director. “This is much easier for administrative and reporting reasons.”

Secondly, she adds, the expansion to the end of March makes participation more convenient for high school teachers around the province and their students, who may want to submit to the Sheree Fitch Prize for Teen Writers. Curriculum scheduling before March break often interferes with the submission process.

The program celebrates eight categories of unpublished writing in the genres of novel, short story, single poem, poetry manuscript, books for young people, and stories by teens, as well as unpublished short film script, and narrative non-fiction.

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


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The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) is pleased to have launched its remodeled Artist in Residence Program

Professional artists, arts organizations, non-profit and for-profit organizations, institutions, municipalities, councils, and bands are eligible to apply to artsnb’s Artist in Residence Program.

The Artist in Residence Program is intended for individual artists to participate in residencies here or elsewhere, and for New Brunswick public or private institutions and organizations to host professional artists and enable them to pursue specific projects relating to their creative work. The artists in residence are also to contribute to the promotion and understanding of the arts by means of the artists’ contact with the clientele of the establishments.

This program now has 6 annual deadlines.

What is an artist residency?

An artist residency offers artists a space and time outside of their regular environment to do one or a combination of the following: create or develop new or in-progress work; engage in mentorship or gain new skills; broaden the network and audience for their professional artistic practice; and/or community engagement.

For more information on this program and to apply please visit

Le Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick (artsnb) est heureux d’avoir lancé son nouveau programme d'Artiste en résidence. Les artistes professionnel.les, les organisations artistiques, les organisations à but lucratif ou non, les institutions, les municipalités, les conseils et les bandes peuvent déposer une demande de financement au programme d'Artiste en résidence d'artsnb.

Le programme d’Artiste en résidence s’adresse aux artistes pour leur permettre de participer à des résidences, ainsi qu’aux institutions publiques ou privées et aux organismes néo-brunswickois qui désirent accueillir des artistes professionnel.les dans le cadre de projets leur permettant de se consacrer à leur activité créatrice. Les artistes en résidence doivent contribuer à la promotion et à la compréhension des arts par leur présence auprès de la clientèle de l’établissement hôte. Ce programme a maintenant 6 dates limites annuelles.

Qu’est-ce qu’une résidence d’artiste?

Une résidence d'artiste offre à un.e artiste un espace et du temps en dehors de son environnement habituel pour réaliser une ou plusieurs des activités suivantes : créer ou développer une nouvelle œuvre ou travailler à une œuvre en cours de réalisation ; bénéficier d'un mentorat ou acquérir de nouvelles compétences ; élargir son réseau et le public pour sa pratique artistique professionnelle ; et/ou s'engager auprès de la communauté.

Pour plus d’information sur ce programme et pour déposer une demande, visitez


Recruiting JURORS for the Crime Writers of Canada 2024 Awards of Excellence.

CWC is recruiting 30 jurors and 5 alternate jurors who are passionate and willing to contribute to the success of the Awards of Excellence (AE). We are seeking a diverse pool of crime/mystery enthusiasts to ensure broad linguistic, cultural, ethnic, gender identity and geographic representation from across Canada.

Sitting on a 3-panel team, the judges begin their adjudication process in November and end with the selection of the AE finalists in ten (10) categories. The winners will be announced in May 2024.

NOTE: Starting this year, all submissions will be received in digital format.

We are seeking judges who are:
• knowledgeable about the mystery and crime fiction and/or nonfiction genre, relevant to the category they volunteer for (more about that below)
• willing to spend the time required to read the entries in their category
• prepared to provide 1-3 sentence assessments of the material they read,
• are proficient in the language of the award category they will be judging (English or French), and
• are willing to read ebooks
• Judging guidelines and administrative support will be provided.

Feedback from jurors who participated in past Awards has been overwhelmingly positive. We welcome past and present CWC Professional and Associate Members who wish to volunteer; however, judges are not required to be CWC members. They can be librarians, editors, booksellers, teachers, writers, members of the justice system, genre aficionados, etc.

To read more about volunteering to serve as an AE juror, click here:

For more specific information, contact the CWC Awards Manager, Ludvica Boota, at


Sussex Event

Kris Windley has spearheaded Art as Infrastructure, a panel discussion this Monday evening, October 16 at 6 pm, in partnership with Friends of Fundy and AX Arts & Cultural Centre. This is a Rising Tide Trails & Tunes Festival event. The purpose of the event will be to facilitate a conversation between stake-holders with differing perspectives on both community-development and the arts in NB, on the topic, “Art as Infrastructure: a Conversation about Community Growth and Engagement” with panelists Ariane Savoie (Executive Director of the Northrup Frye Festival) , Brandon Mitchell (Mi’gmaq visual artist and founder of Birch Bark Comics) , and Alyson Brown (Co-Owner and Studio Manager of Legacy Lane Fibre Mill Yarn and Gift Shop). T The event will feature a uniquely crafted spoken word performance by Thandiwe McCarthy, a WFNB member and a passionate and dedicated member of the Black New Brunswick community. Thandiwe combines his passion for social justice with his artistic talents as a writer, spoken word poet, and community advocate. Check out the eventbrite page to register: 

Fredericton Event

On Saturday, October 14, the Fredericton Public Library (12 Carleton Street, Fredericton) will host a Local Authors Book Fair onsite in conjunction with Word Feast 2023. 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.

Saint John Event

Monsters in the Fog book launch is happening on Saturday, October 14th at the Saint John Free Public Library (1 Market Square) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. We will have a host of writers reading their stories and answering questions about their stories, their writing process, and getting published. Books will be available at the event and there will be promotional bookmarks too. We are also giving away tickets to the Halloween event The Night of the Dancing Dead. For more information email


Join The Attic Owl Reading Series at 5pm on Sunday, October 22nd 2023 as the Owl welcomes back celebrated poet and writer Jim Johnstone! We are so pleased to welcome the accomplished Klara du Plessis and Christopher Patton. Join us at the Laundromat Espresso Bar on St. George St. to celebrate book launches and fabulous writing!

And, the Owl is proud to welcome current Anglophone Poet/Poet Flyee Drew Lavigne as co-host and organizer!

See you there.


Event by Salon du livre de Dieppe and Éditions Perce-Neige

Célébrez l'ouverture officielle du 33e Salon du livre de Dieppe et la rentrée littéraire avec les Éditions Perce-Neige! @Centre des arts et de la culture de Dieppe.

Toute l'équipe vous convie au lancement collectif des titres de notre programmation d'automne 2023. Les lectures de Fernande Chouinard, Louis-Martin Savard et Paul Bossé seront accompagnées en musique par Christine Melanson. Une occasion unique de faire dédicacer vos livres par les auteurs et les autrices! 


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.


Sharpen your pencils, dust off your duotangs: public submissions for Assembly Press are now open! Learn more about what we’re looking for here.


The new theme at Sequestrum is for Reprints! Featuring the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from acclaimed publications alongside markets which are long defunct or upstart journals on the rise. And that’s the way we like it. We're thrilled to read the best from your past.

Reprint submission details are here:

And as always, our general submission guidelines are here:


Open call for writers and artists

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


Questions: Contact Lilac Arch Press at :


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 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 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.

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.


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.

    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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