The NB Book Awards -- which is free and open to the public-- will be held on Saturday evening, June 3, 2023, at Lily Lake Pavilion, Saint John (at the entrance to Rockwood Park) and emceed by Julia Wright of CBC. Guest speaker is Susanne Alexander of Goose Lane Editions. Entertainment by Brent Mason. The reception is at 6 pm and the live presentation begins at 7 pm.
The NB Book Awards are co-administered and co-sponsored by The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada's International Journal and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick. For we are currently seeking a sponsors for a fifth category: books for middle grade and young people. If you are interested in facilitating a prize sponsorship or other partnership, please contact us!
Books published between January 1 and December 31 of the given prize year.
The New Brunswick Book Awards are open to traditionally published and self-published authors whose primary residence is in New Brunswick and they have lived there for three of the last five years, including the award year. For example, to be eligible for the 2020 awards, an author needs to be a New Brunswick resident in 2020 and two of the previous four years.
Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry books must meet the criteria of UNESCO's definition of a book: "a non-periodical printed publication of at least 49 pages, exclusive of the cover pages, published in the country and made available to the public."
Picture Books are definied as books for children that contain illustrations that are just as important as the words in telling the story. Picture books are usually 24-32 pages.
Self-published books that meet the above criteria are also eligible. If you know someone who has self-published a book, tell them to get in touch with us! There is no entry fee: we just need two copies of the book sent to us before December 1. (For books with a publication date in December, we require galley proofs.)
2022 Submissions closed
Submissions for our 2022 season are now closed. For 2023, check our Eligibility Criteria, then send two copies of eligible books along with the 2023 Entry Form when it becomes available. We'll post here before the end of June, 2023.
New Brunswick Book Awards
Announcing the Shortlisted Titles for the 2022 NB Book Awards
For Immediate Release
Shortlisted Titles Announced for New Brunswick Book Awards
April 11, 2023 – The Writers' Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB) and The Fiddlehead have announced the shortlisted titles for the 8th annual New Brunswick Book Awards. The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 3, as part of WFNB’s annual WordSpring writing festival in Saint John.
The program will celebrate books published in the 2022 calendar year in the poetry, fiction, nonfiction and children’s picture books categories. The finalists are as follows:
Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction
Valerie Sherrard, A Bend in the Breeze (DCB Cormorant), Miramichi
Meghan Rose Allen, The Summer the School Burned Down (Indie-published), Sackville
Lee D. Thompson, Apastoral: A Mistopia (Corona/Samizdat), Moncton
Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing
Kelly Cooper, Midnight and Moon (Tundra), Belleisle Creek; illustrated Daniel Miyares
Jennifer McGrath, Pugs Cause Traffic Jams (Kids Can Press), Hillsborough; illustrated by Kathryn Durst
Masen Grasse, Trucks (Monster House Publishing); illustrated by Alexina LePage
The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize
Amber McMillan, This Is A Stickup, (Wolsak and Wynn), Fredericton
Michael Pacey, Wild Apples: A Dialogue With Thoreau (Pottersfield Press), Fredericton
Sue Sinclair, Almost Beauty: New and Selected Poems (Goose Lane Editions), Fredericton
Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Nonfiction Award
James Mullinger, Brit Happens* Or Living the Canadian Dream, (Goose Lane), Rothesay
Mark Anthony Jarman, Touch Anywhere to Begin (Goose Lane) Fredericton
Jon Claytor, Take the Long Way Home (Conundrum Press), Sackville
The New Brunswick Book Awards are open to traditionally published and self-published authors who have lived in the province for three of the last five years, including the award year.
The book awards program represents a partnership between the Writers’ Federation, which for more than 35 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development, and The Fiddlehead, Canada’s oldest literary magazine, which has nurtured New Brunswick's literary culture for more than 75 years.