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.
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!
Renée Belliveau (http://www.reneebelliveau.com/) 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 (http://www.dedreanna.com/) 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 https://artsnb.ca/web/programs/artist-in-residence/
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 https://artsnb.ca/web/programs/artist-in-residence/?lang=fr
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:
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: https://www.crimewriterscanada.com/awards/annual-awards/judging-process
For more specific information, contact the CWC Awards Manager, Ludvica Boota, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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 email@example.com
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!
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
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: https://www.sequestrum.org/theme-reprints.
And as always, our general submission guidelines are here: https://www.sequestrum.org/submissions.
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 https://sunspotlit.submittable.com/submit today!
Questions: Contact Lilac Arch Press at : firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPETITIONS AND CONTESTS
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: https://www.prairiefire.ca/contests/
Lindsey Childs, Assistant Editor
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 musicworks.ca in 2024.
Third prize: C$100 and composer coverage on musicworks.ca 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 email@example.com 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 www.highmarshpress.ca 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. https://www.indiebookawards.com/
Announcing the Seventh Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction
For the seventh annual prize, Pottersfield Press is again looking for submissions from writers who can provide a manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words in any of the following categories: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or virtually any existing or new category that uses the nonfiction medium to tell a story or put forward an idea. The First Prize winner will receive a contract for the publication of the winning book along with a $1000 advance on 10% royalty for all sales. The Second Prize winner will also see the publication of the book and a $800 advance on 10% royalties. Deadline is April 30, 2024 but early submissions are encouraged. Submit your manuscript electronically as a double-spaced basic Word document to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com), 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
Journals, Zines and Podcasts
Publishers and Literary Markets
Grants, Residencies and Poet Laureateships
An artist with a new and early career artist profile is eligible to apply for grants from three Explore and Create components:
To be eligible as a New/Early Career Artist, you must:
Create an account on the portal, and then submit a new and early career artist profile. You can only have one of these profiles. Create it and apply with your main field of practice—you can still apply for grants with other fields of practice later on. Make sure your CV matches with the eligibility criteria listed above. We recommend you get started with your profile well ahead of the competition you’re working towards because your profile will need to be validated before you can apply for a grant.
Canadian Writing Markets
Services for Writers
Writing Mentoring /Coaching
Post a Short Ad
Ongoing Membership Benefits
Group Health Insurance for Writers
Present your current membership card to receive a 10% discount at the following independent bookstores: and Blind Forest Books & Novelties in Sackville, Cover to Cover Books in Riverview, Tidewater Books in Sackville, and Westminster Books in Fredericton.
Charlotte Country, St. Andrews Vanessa Hawkins
Fredericton Jenna Lyn Albert
Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview Kayla Geitzler
Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Rothesay Martha Vowles
Shediac Louise Comtois
Sussex Jane Simpson
Tantramar, Sackville, Port Elgin, Dorchester Geordie Miller
Nancy Bauer, Ann Brennan, Kent Bulmer, Rhonda Bulmer, Wayne Curtis, Sheree Fitch, Jean Frances, Cathy Fynn, Ginny Hill, M. Travis Lane, Gwen Martin, M. Anne Mitton, David Adams Richards, Valerie Sherrard, Lee D. Thompson, Doug Underhill
Become a Lifetime Member
Lifetime membership costs $1000. We appreciate the generosity of those members who are ensuring the continuity of the WFNB, and its impact on NB writers, by such a donation. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Lifetime Membership has been bestowed on those founding members who helped establish the WFNB in the 1980s. It is also sometimes bestowed on those who have made a significant volunteer contribution to the life of our organization.
See the main page of our website for a list of general sponsors, and sponsors of our awards programs.
The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick acknowledges that the land on which we live and work, gather and create is, by law, the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples, and we honour the spirit of the Treaties of Peace and Friendship.
SEEKING BACK ISSUES of Historical publications
Dear WFNB Members:
Ian LeTourneau is currently looking for New Brunswick books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsides, and ephemera for research and collecting purposes. He is happy to take anything you have off your hands or negotiate a fair price for the rarer stuff. Specifically, Ian is looking for:
Cadence. Female Voices anthology. Edited by Kayla Geitzler and Elizabeth Blanchard. Frog Hollow, 2020.
Scroll. Wombat Literary Series #1.
Fiddlehead Poetry Books: especially Fred Cogswell, Stunted Strong (1954), Al Purdy, Emu, Remember! (1956), FIVE NEW BRUNSWICK POETS, but he also has many holes to fill from their 300+ publications.
Any New Brunswick chapbooks, but especially 9-14, 16-20, 22-23.
Any books or chapbooks by RM Vaughan or Owl's Head Press.
Any chapbooks by Joe Blades or Broken Jaw Press or Wild East Publishing Co-operative (they produced the Salamanca Chapbook series).
"A little something..." series of broadsides by Broken Jaw, Ian needs: 1, 9, 22-25, 28, 31, 36, 37.
Very early issues of The Fiddlehead: Ian needs 1-17, 23-26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 49, 53, 55, 67, 68 and a broadside “I’m a silence so grim” by Milton Acorn which was folded inside spring 1963 issue, no. 56.
The Cormorant: I need Issues 1.1- 9.1, 10.2, 11.2-12.2, 15.1-onward but happy to have any in duplicate.
Any back Issues of magazines such as Urchin, Floorboards, Germination, Qwerty, New Muse of Contempt, Dooryard Post, ArtsAtlantic, Intervales, First Encounter, Galleon, Vox, Studies in Canadian Literature, Ellipse, Pottersfield Portfolio (esp. the NB-printed ones), etc.
Any chapbooks, broadsides, etc. by NB authors. Ian would be particularly grateful for NB literary ephemera like printed editions of NB Ink, the WFNB newsletter, old Goose Lane or Broken Jaw catalogues, event/reading posters, programs, brochures, Writing on the Wall exhibition brochures (only missing Nela Rio), newspaper sections like NB Reader, Salon. And in general, anything NB produced or by an NB author.
Please contact Ian LeTourneau at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.