The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick announces the winners of its 2019 Writing Competition. A total of $2,600 in cash prizes to be presented at Awards Ceremony in Moncton on May 24, as part of WFNB’s annual WordSpring festival.
The writing awards ceremony is one of several WordSpring events being held throughout the weekend at the Université de Moncton. The festival also offers writing workshops, readings by local and national authors, and book launches by WFNB members.
The Literary Soirée Friday evening features a reception followed by the Award Ceremony where our 2019 Writing Competition Winners will read from their works and accept awards.
Workshops begin Friday, May 26 evening with a session by marketing director and writer, Nathaniel G. Moore, on self-promotion for writers. Saturday workshops include Ann Douglas on understanding book contracts and contract negotiations, Lee Thompson on self-editing for writers, and in the afternoon, three Canadian presses lead a publisher’s panel on manuscript acquisitions and answer questions about how books get accepted for publication. Award-winning poet, Amanda Jernigan, will give an intensive poetry workshop and fantasy writer, Terry Armstrong, will offer a workshop on worldbuilding in fiction. A Blue Pencil Café follows on Sunday morning, where published authors critique work of emerging writers.
The Federation’s action-packed, fun-filled weekend concludes May 26 with open mic readings.
The festival is open to the public, but registration is required for all workshops To register, email email@example.com. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit WFNB’s website at www.wfnb.ca.
The following are the competition winners:
Writing Competition Results
David Adams Richards Prize (fiction manuscript)
- First Place Richard Toth (Old Ridge, NB), What is Given, Like Baggage
- Second Place John Hanson (Saint John, NB), Drip by Drip
- Third Place Jake Swan (Quispamsis, NB), In the Company of Carnivores
Alfred G. Bailey Prize (poetry manuscript)
- First Place Karen Davidson (Elgin, NB), Heavenly Blue
- Second Place Margo Wheaton (Halifax, NS), Rags of Night in Our Mouths
- Third Place Emily Skov-Neilsen (Fredericton, NB), Meet Me at the Volta
Douglas Kyle Memorial Prize (short fiction)
- First Place Neil Sampson (Durham Bridge, NB), Did I Ever Get My Toast?
- Second Place Andrew Wallace (Rothesay, NB), Gripping the Ribs of Its Cage
- Third Place James McClure (Saint John, NB), White Trash Pietà
Dawn Watson Memorial Prize (single poem)
- First Place Richard Toth (Old Ridge, NB), the war’s not over
- Second Place Mairi LaFrance (Canterbury, NB), Just in case
- Third Place Bryn Harris (Grand Manan, NB), Oh Sweet Canad
Fog Lit Books for Young People Prize
- First Place Sara Sparks (St. George, NB), Ghost, the Bootlegger’s Horse
- Second Place Rachel Friars (Sussex, NB), A Dress of Ashes
- Third Place Jennifer Shelby (Hopewell Hill, NB), Parachutes and Grappling Hooks
PWAC-Southwest New Brunswick Narrative Non-Fiction Prize
- First Place Gwen Martin (Yoho, NB), The Fragility of Bowls
- Second Place Trenton Pomeroy (Rothesay, NB), Windows
- Third Place Eve Nash (Moncton, NB), More Than a Name
Sheree Fitch Prize for Young Writers (age 13–18)
- First Place Joshua Merrett (Saint John, NB), The Sea
- Second Place Natalie London (Saint John, NB), Happy Endings
- Third Place Patrick MacDonald (Saint John, NB), Hey Charlie