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Recent News From and About WFNB 

  • 11 Jul 2023 2:03 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Writers' Trust of Canada has been central to the literary health of the country for almost fifty years. Founded by writers for writers, the organization supports authors at all stages of their careers and celebrates good work and fellowship. It is a huge booster of culture in Canada.    

    As an author, I benefited from the attention of Writers' Trust in my career. As Executive Director for the past four years, I've worked with the staff, board of directors, and donors to widen and deepen how the organization can help the community it was created to serve. 

    I will be leaving my position at the end of 2023. This was a difficult decision for me to make, and I will miss everything about the work, the people, and the mission. I look forward to working with my successor during the transition. The board has established a search committee and hired Boyden to lead the search. They will be taking the summer to speak with potential candidates about the role. Here is a link to the job posting:  

    www.writerstrust.com/careers

    The next Executive Director will take over a dynamic and growing organization with a superb staff and a strong board of directors. I have no doubt Writers' Trust will continue to thrive for decades to come. 

    With best wishes, 

    Charlie Foran, CM


  • 21 Jun 2023 11:58 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    June 12, 2023

    The Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association is recruiting a tech-savvy, detail-oriented, individual to fulfill the role of Project Coordinator in our Halifax office. We are seeking a candidate with significant work experience who can multi-task, take initiative, and quickly adapt and learn new skills required for a variety of special projects to promote local books and publishing in Atlantic Canada.

    The Special Projects Coordinator provides a wide range of support for members and management for APMA projects as well as general organizational activities.

    Who We Are

    The APMA is an industry support organization representing 38 book publishers located in Atlantic Canada. The publishers in Atlantic Canada believe a vigorous Atlantic-owned-and-controlled book publishing industry is essential to the economic, cultural, educational and social life of Atlantic Canada.

    The APMA works towards growing and maintaining a strong Canadian-owned book publishing industry in Atlantic Canada. The APMA coordinates promotional projects such as the Atlantic Books Holiday Gift Guide, the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and Pitch the Publisher, in addition to organizing professional development sessions and industry growth projects for its members. They publish Atlantic Books Today, a bi-annual full-colour magazine that brings readers across Atlantic Canada the latest book news, features, excerpts, reviews and so much more, as well as running AtlanticBooks.ca, a webstore and hub for all things related to Atlantic Canadian books and authors. The APMA employs an Executive Director, Administrative Assistant, Special Projects Coordinator, and Content Manager as well as several contractors who support the delivery of our marketing and projects. Our office is open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Thursday, excluding statutory holidays, and our Executive Director works from home on Fridays.

    Job Description

    The Special Projects Coordinator is responsible for coordinating multiple ongoing and ad-hoc special projects of the association as well as assisting with the day-to-day operations of the association whererequired. Direct reports include multiple contractors and stakeholders requiring supervision and direction. The Special Projects Coordinator reports to the Executive Director. This is an in-person position with remote elements (fully remote applicants may be accepted depending on experience) at 30 hours per week (Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) and $21.00 per hour. This is a 14 month maternity leave position beginning July 2023 (appr eight weeks of training + twelve month mat leave).

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    General Office Duties (30%)

    • Grant and report writing for all special projects
    • Budgeting and financial reporting for all special projects
    • Member outreach and communications:

    ○ Writing and circulating a monthly member newsletter

    ○ Coordinating member portal website section of website (funding permitting)

    ○ Maintaining relevant member correspondence

    • Executive support for Executive Director
    • Managing library communications
    • Coordinating the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award Jury

    Website management (5%)

    • Coordinating with web development team for https://AtlanticBooks.ca
    • Overseeing in-office day-to-day website operations and custom development to ensure the website is functioning correctly for tasks performed by the administrative assistant such as uploading new book collections

    Special Projects (65%) which include (but are not limited to):

    • Digital book and accessibility projects, including Books by Heart and #ReadAtlantic public library eBook/audiobook projects in 2023-24.
    • Atlantic Books in Classrooms (ABC)
    • East Bound Conference and Professional Development
    • Bookseller Initiative (funding permitting)

    ○ Although the annual Holiday Campaign is not typically a special project since it runs each year, in 2023 there may be a special webstore and web development element added to the Holiday Campaign through the Canada Book Fund’s Bookseller Initiative, with which the Special Projects Coordinator would assist the Executive Director.

    This is a varied position, which touches all aspects of APMA’s programs and operations. Every day will be different!

    Skills, Knowledge, Education, and Experience

    Education and Experience

    • Post-secondary degree
    • Minimum of 2 years in an office environment
    • Minimum of 1 year project management experience
    • Non-profit experience an asset

    Specialized Knowledge

    • Office and project management
    • Business communications
    • Event planning and delivery

    Skills

    • You have a meticulous eye for detail, strong numeracy skills, and experience developing and/or

    managing budgets.

    • You have successfully managed projects from start to finish, reliably organizing your time to

    ensure deadlines are met, and can prioritize competing tasks.

    • You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and are comfortable working

    independently and as part of a team in a hybrid working environment.

    • You have experience writing grant applications and reports
    • You are familiar with basic bookkeeping principles
    • Communication skills in French an asset
    • You are experienced and comfortable using the following programs:

    o WordPress and WooCommerce

     Menus

     Widgets

     Pages

     Posts

     Custom plugins

    o MailChimp

    o Microsoft Office Suite (with advanced proficiency in Excel)

    o Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok

    o Meta (Facebook) Business Suite

    o Canva

    o Adobe Creative Suite

    • You are familiar with the following programs (or comfortable with quickly learning how to use new programs)

    o Ace by DAISY epub checker

    o OverDrive and Libby

    o PretNumerique.ca

    o SAGE accounting software

    How to Apply

    Please submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, June 30, 2023, to admin@atlanticpublishers.ca

    Candidates may be asked to perform an administrative skills test. Interviews will be scheduled in early to mid July, with a target start date of mid to late July 2023, to allow for appr. eight weeks of training.

    The APMA is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from candidates who are members of underserved and underrepresented communities, including BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, people living with dis/ability, and others. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


  • 20 Jun 2023 10:53 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    ArtsLink is pleased to invite you to meet the artists of this year’s Cross-Cultural Creation Residency hosted by Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective in collaboration with L’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB) and ArtsLink NB at Open Studio Day and BBQ on June 24, 2023.

    Join eight artists from the province’s three largest cultural groups: Indigenous, Francophone, and Anglophone, as they share their work from an inspiring week of connecting and collaboration in this place-based experience, steeped in the history of a “village of 30 centuries,” at Metepenagiag Heritage Park.

    Learn about the creative process from some of the most fascinating artists in NB and grab some grub while enjoying the beautiful and nourishing surroundings of  Metepenagiag Heritage Park. We hope to see you there! 

    Open Studio Day and BBQ

    Saturday, June 24, 12pm - 4pm

    Metepenagiag Heritage Park

    2156 Micmac Road, Red Bank NB

    E9E 2P2


    The artists are as follows:

    Natasha Sacobie, visual arts, quillwork

    Mel Beaulieu, mixed media, beadwork

    Guillaume Adjutor Provost, interdisciplinary visual artist, sculpture, woodcarving

    Lucie Quintal, textile and fibre artist

    Sarah Brideau, writer

    Carol Collicutt, mixed media artist, sculpture

    Ashley Henwood, visual arts, painting, drawing, sculpture

    Jenna Lyn Albert, poet


  • 19 Jun 2023 3:57 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)
    Dear Readers,  
      
    The Editorial Board of the Journal of New Brunswick Studies/Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick (JNBS/RÉNB) is pleased to announce the release of Covid-19 in New Brunswick: Hope, Safety, Resiliency, and Creativity, guest edited by Dr. Christina Ionescu (Mount Allison University).  
      
    The new issue may be accessed here: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/JNBS/issue/view/2348 
     
    JNBS/RÉNB is an online, multidisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed research about New Brunswick in English and French. The only such journal of its kind in New Brunswick, JNBS/RÉNB is a forum for ideas and debate about the province and its place in wider Canadian and global contexts. Our aim is to publish thoughtful writing that engages a broad readership in ongoing conversations about the province. 
      
    For more information about the journal, please contact editorjnbs@stu.ca.  
      
    Chers lecteurs, chères lectrices,   
       
    Le comité éditorial de la Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick/Journal of New Brunswick Studies (RÉNB/JNBS) est heureux de vous annoncer la mise en ligne de son plus récent numéro : "LA COVID-19 AU NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK : ESPOIR, SÉCURITÉ, RÉSILIENCE ET CRÉATIVITÉ”" de l’éditrice invitée Dr. Christina Ionescu (Mount Allison University).
     
    Vous pouvez y accéder en vous rendant à : https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/JNBS/issue/view/2348.  
      
    RÉNB JNBS est une revue électronique bilingue (anglais-français), consacrée à la diffusion de travaux de recherche et de commentaires rédigés au sujet de la province du Nouveau-Brunswick. Unique en son genre au Nouveau-Brunswick, JNBS/RÉNB vise à devenir une tribune pour des idées et des débats ayant trait à la province et à son rôle dans le contexte élargi du Canada et sur la scène mondiale. 
       
    Pour de plus amples renseignements au sujet de  la revue, veuillez écrire à: editorjnbs@stu.ca
      
      
    Best wishes,
    Dr. Michael Boudreau
    Editor/Éditeur - Journal of New Brunswick Studies/Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick (JNBS/RÉNB
     
     
    Dr. Michael Boudreau
    Professor
    Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
    St. Thomas University
    51 Dineen Drive
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    Canada
    E3B 5G3
    (506) 452-0501
    Editor/Éditeur - Journal of New Brunswick Studies/Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick (JNBS/RÉNB
    editorjnbs@stu.ca
    https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/JNBS
    https://www.stu.ca/criminology/michael-boudreau/
    http://www.unb.ca/saintjohn/arts/projects/crimepunishment/
    St. Thomas University is situated on the traditional territory of the Welastekwiyik (Maliseet) whose ancestors along with the Mi'kmaq and Passamaquoddy Nations signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s.







  • 15 Jun 2023 2:51 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)
    • Take some time for yourself this summer to help move your writing forward with two live writing workshops. Each session will take place in Caissie Cape, NB.
      These workshops are for aspiring writers who are looking to sell their writing, or anyone who wants to learn how to leverage their expertise — i.e. coaches, speakers, and workshop leaders looking to expand their reach, promote services, increase credibility, and create multiple streams of income. (If you have enough content for a weekend workshop, you have enough for a book.)

    • 1. A Life in PJs: How to sell your writing without leaving the house

      Learn how to find story ideas; create a niche; target and pitch markets (print/online); and more. June 18th, 10-5 / $149.99 plus HST (Sign up for both and pay only $99.99 each!)

      2. Selling Your Expertise: Write a nonfiction book (or e-book)

      Learn how to brainstorm ideas; determine the best idea to develop; and create an outline through fun, targeted exercises to help you write your book easily. You’ll also learn how to write a book proposal to target the right agent or editor should you wish to publish traditionally. July 9th, 10-5 / $149.99 plus HST (Sign up for both and pay only $99.99 each!)

      Bio: Wendy Kitts is a professional freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience. She’s written over 200 articles for publications such as Saltscapes, the Globe & Mail, Readers’ Digest, and the LA Times and is the author of eight traditionally-published nonfiction booksTo learn more go to: https://www.wendykitts.ca/classes or email info@wendykitts.ca.  


  • 6 Jun 2023 11:59 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)
    *Le texte en français suit le texte en anglais.*

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 6, 2023

    KJIPUKTUK (Halifax): The winners of the 2023 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award were announced on Friday, June 2 at a lively awards ceremony at the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre. They are:

    English Nonfiction


    How to Promenade With a Python (And Not Get Eaten), written by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Kathryn Durst (Tundra Books, 2021)
    In this hilarious non-fiction chapter book series, a savvy cockroach shares wise tips and tricks to surviving an encounter with a charming predator who may (or may not) want to be your friend.

    English Fiction

    Stealing Home, written by J. Torres and illustrated by David Namisato (Kids Can Press, 2021)
    When Sandy Saito struggles after moving to a Japanese internment camp during WWII, baseball shows him another way to approach life.

    French Nonfiction

    Docteur RIP : C’est mortel ! by Michel Quintin and illustrated by Freg (Michel Quintin, 2021)

    Doctor RIP and sidekick Darwin the guinea pig reveal entertaining facts about death.

    French Fiction


    Am stram gram, by Sophie Labelle (Hurtubise, 2021)

    Stephie, a high achieving 12-year old who excels in school, advances to the final rounds of an important spelling bee, tackling fear, stress, and competitiveness along the way.

    AND

    Le chien d’or de Québec, by Denis Boucher and illustrated by Paul Roux (Bouton d’or Acadie, 2021)
    When the Musée de la civilisation receives threats signed ‘Le Chien d’or de Québec’ Gabriel, Ania and Mamadou begin an investigation. Could it be the same golden dog that adorns the portico of a historic building?

    Across the Atlantic region, children in grades four to six participated in the Hackmatack program by reading from the shortlist of 40 titles (20 French and 20 English) and voting for their favourite in each category.

    Hackmatack was pleased to return to an in-person author tour for the first time since the pandemic. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, eight authors visited schools and libraries across the Maritimes, presenting to over a thousand young readers. Another six authors gave virtual presentations, allowing us to reach readers in all corners of Atlantic Canada. Getting the chance to meet and learn from a real author was a thrilling and memorable opportunity for students. The author tour was made possible by generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, the Conseil Communautaire du Grand-Havre, and realtor Rosie Porter.

    Taking place alongside the author tour, Hackmatack’s third annual Festival of Reading featured public events for authors and illustrators working in children’s literature. Events included a virtual workshop with author Rachel Poliquin called “Finding the Fun in Children’s Nonfiction,” a virtual panel discussion with authors Valerie Sherrard, Edeet Ravel, and Laura Best on “Writing Tough Topics for Young Readers,” and in-person author events with Andre Fenton, Jack Wong, and Kendra Brown. Hackmatack’s public events were supported by Arts Nova Scotia.

    Hackmatack is also excited to announce the new shortlists for our 2023/2024 reading program. Visit our website to view the 2023/2024 English and French shortlists.

    The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award program is generously sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, the New Brunswick Public Library Service, the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, the Nova Scotia Library Association, and the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union, and supported by our partners the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Public Libraries, the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, the Prince Edward Island Public Library, and the Centre for Equitable Library Access. For more information, visit www.hackmatack.ca.

    Media Contact:
    Oriana Duinker, Executive Director, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
    hackmatack@hackmatack.ca  

    (902) 418-9859


    ______________________________________


    Les gagnants du 24e Prix littéraire Hackmatack – Le choix des jeunes sont annoncés lors de la cérémonie de remise des prix à Charlottetown, Î.-P.-É.

    POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE, 6 juin 2023

    KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) : Les lauréats du prix littéraire Hackmatack – Le choix des jeune 2023 ont été annoncés le vendredi 2 juin lors d'une cérémonie de remise de prix animée au Charlottetown Library Learning Centre. Ils sont:

    Documentaire français

    Docteur RIP : C'est mortel ! par Michel Quintin et illustré par Freg (Michel Quintin, 2021)
    Le docteur RIP et son acolyte Darwin le cobaye révèlent des faits amusants sur la mort.

    Roman français

    Am stram gram, de Sophie Labelle (Hurtubise, 2021)
    Stephie, une adolescente de 12 ans très performante qui excelle à l'école, se qualifie pour les derniers tours d'un concours d'orthographe important, luttant contre la peur, le stress et la compétitivité en cours de route.

    ET

    Le chien d’or de Québec, par Denis Boucher et illustré par Paul Roux (Bouton d’or Acadie, 2021)
    Lorsque le Musée de la civilisation reçoit des menaces signées « Le Chien d'or de Québec », Gabriel, Ania et Mamadou entament une enquête. Serait-ce le même chien d'or qui orne le portique d'un bâtiment historique ?

    Documentaire anglais

    How to Promenade With a Python (And Not Get Eaten), par Rachel Poliquin et illustré par Kathryn Durst (Tundra Books, 2021)

    Dans cette série hilarante de documentaire sous forme de roman, une coquerelle avisée partage des trucs et astuces judicieux pour survivre à une rencontre avec un charmant prédateur qui peut (ou non) vouloir être votre ami.


    Roman anglais

    Stealing Home, par J. Torres et illustré par David Namisato (Kids Can Press, 2021)
    Lorsque Sandy Saito se débat après avoir déménagé dans un camp d'internement japonais pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le baseball lui montre une autre façon d'aborder la vie.

    Dans toute la région de l'Atlantique, des enfants de la quatrième à la sixième année ont participé au programme Hackmatack en lisant une sélection de 40 titres (20 en français et 20 en anglais) et en votant pour leur préféré dans chaque catégorie.

    Hackmatack a eu le plaisir de revenir à une tournée d'auteurs en personne pour la première fois depuis la pandémie. Au cours des semaines précédant la cérémonie, huit auteurs ont visité des écoles et des bibliothèques dans les Maritimes, présentant à plus d'un millier de jeunes lecteurs. Six autres auteurs ont fait des présentations virtuelles, ce qui nous a permis de joindre des lecteurs de tous les coins du Canada atlantique. Avoir la chance de rencontrer et d'apprendre d'un véritable auteur était une opportunité passionnante et mémorable pour les élèves. La tournée des auteurs a été rendue possible grâce au généreux soutien du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Delmore « Buddy » Daye Learning Institute, de la Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, de la Writers' Federation of New Brunswick, du Conseil Communautaire du Grand-Havre, et de l'agent immobilier Rosie Porter.

    Se déroulant parallèlement à la tournée des auteurs, le troisième festival annuel de lecture de Hackmatack a présenté des événements publics pour les auteurs et illustrateurs travaillant dans la littérature pour enfants. Les événements comprenaient un atelier virtuel avec l'auteur Rachel Poliquin intitulé "Finding the Fun in Children's Nonfiction", une table ronde virtuelle avec les auteurs Valerie Sherrard, Edeet Ravel et Laura Best sur "Writing Tough Topics for Young Readers" et des événements d'auteur en personne avec André Fenton, Jack Wong et Kendra Brown. Les événements publics de Hackmatack ont été soutenus par Arts Nouvelle-Écosse.

    Hackmatack est également ravi d'annoncer les nouvelles listes de finalistes pour notre programme de lecture 2023/2024. Visitez notre site Web pour voir les listes des finalistes en français et en anglais 2023/2024.

    Le Prix littéraire Hackmatack – Le choix des jeunes est généreusement parrainé par le ministère de l'Éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, le Service des bibliothèques publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick, la Bibliothèque provinciale de la Nouvelle-Écosse, l'Association des bibliothèques des provinces de l'Atlantique, l'Association des bibliothèques de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et soutenu par nos partenaires la Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, les bibliothèques publiques d'Halifax, le Delmore « Buddy » Daye Learning Institute, la bibliothèque publique de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard et le Centre d'accès équitable aux bibliothèques. Pour plus d'informations, visitez www.hackmatack.ca.

    Contact pour les médias :

    Mireille Mercure, coordonnatrice du volet francophone

    mireille.mercure@hackmatack.ca

    506-658-4610


    --

    Oriana Duinker, Executive Director (she/her/elle)
    Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award

    c/o Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia
    1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS  B3H 4P7
    Phone: 902 418 9859


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  • 15 May 2023 9:20 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The Indie Author Income Survey, initiated by the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi - UK) was presented at the London Book Fair and reported on by The Bookseller (UK trade publishing magazine) and Publishers Weekly (US trade publishing magazine), as well as many other outlets globally. 

    Over 2,500 authors took part, from all over the world, which contributed to making the data really robust. The survey was carried out by an independent third party but it was our many contacts around the world who helped us ensure our insights would be meaningful. So thank you!

    Self-published authors earn more than writers with publishers. And independent (indie) author incomes are rising, year on year. Key findings included:

    • In 2022, the median income of “primary income” self-publishing authors (those who spend more than half their working time on writing and publishing activities) was $12,749.
    • The average income was over $80,000 (almost a quarter had not yet started to earn, bringing in between 0 and 1K.) Some 28% earned $50k+ and almost a fifth ran six-figure publishing businesses.
    • Equally significantly, self-publishing author incomes are rising, year on year with a 53% increase in 2022 over the previous year. By contrast, previous author income surveys, which have focused on revenues received by authors with traditional publishers, have repeatedly reported lower and falling incomes

     Read the full report: www.allianceindependentauthors.org/resources 

    What are the next steps with the research? There was so much interesting data to mine that ALLi ordered a second round of independent analysis, this time on the demographics and on cross-category insights, exploring what factors contribute to author success. This data will form part of what we’re calling the Big Indie Author Data Drop (BIADD), when multiple sources of data from across the self-publishing community will be pulled into one report, providing even more useful insights to authors, and greater visibility of self-publishing’s advances to a wider audience, including mass media outlets. Director Orna Ross will present the secondary report and the BIADD compilation at the Self-Publishing Formula conference in London on the 21st June 2023. 


  • 26 Apr 2023 12:42 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce the short list of nominees for the 26th annual DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2022 in the English language. The Award consists of cash prizes for the three best first collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $1,000 each. 

    The jury this year comprised authors Cynthia HolzSally Ito, and Jack Wang, who determined the short list from 23 collections submitted, some by seasoned writers, others by authors being published for the first time. Those finalists are: 

    Nada AlicBad Thoughts (Vintage Books)  
    Kathy FriedmanAll the Shining People (House of Anansi Press) 
    Kim Fu, Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century (Coach House Books)  
    Rawi HageStray Dogs (Knopf Canada)  
    Saeed TeebiHer First Palestinian (House of Anansi Press)

    The winners will be announced on May 25th at noon ET on The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Facebook page.

    The Award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 1996. Danuta Gleed’s first collection of short fiction, One of the Chosen, was posthumously published by BuschekBooks. The Award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed, in memory of his late wife, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada. 


  • 17 Apr 2023 12:26 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is seeking a creative, skilled, and innovative leader to oversee WFNS's fundraising, strategic, programming, and operational activities. A demonstrated passion for the arts, in particular the literary arts, is a must for this senior leadership role. This is a four-day-per-week, permanent position with a salary range of $52,000 – $58,000. The position is based in WFNS's Halifax office. Applications will be received until 5pm (Atlantic) on May 8, 2023. Check out details at https://writers.ns.ca/jobs/executive-director/

  • 11 Apr 2023 1:21 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    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
    Judge: 
    Leslie Greentree is an Alberta-based artist and is the author of four books. She has won CBC literary competitions for short fiction and poetry, and the Sarah Selecky 2013 Little Bird short fiction competition.

    Valerie Sherrard, A Bend in the Breeze (DCB Cormorant), Miramichi

    Meghan Rose AllenThe Summer the School Burned Down (Indie-published), Sackville

    Lee D. ThompsonApastoral: A Mistopia (Corona/Samizdat), Moncton

    Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing
    JudgeAlma Fullerton is an award-winning PEI author- author/illustrator, whose books have been nominated and/or have won awards including the Governor General Finalist 2008 and many others.

    Kelly Cooper, Midnight and Moon (Tundra), Belleisle Creek; illustrated Daniel Miyares

    Jennifer McGrathPugs Cause Traffic Jams (Kids Can Press), Hillsborough; illustrated by Kathryn Durst

    Masen GrasseTrucks (Monster House Publishing); illustrated by Alexia LePage

    The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize
    Judge
    Weyman Chan of Calgary has written six books of poetry and was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General's Award for his second book of poetry, Noise From the Laundry.

    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
    Judge: Rowan McCandless is an award-winning writer from Winnipeg whose work has appeared in various anthologies and journals. A finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award in nonfiction, Rowan is also a co-winner of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book (2022). 

    James Mullinger, Brit Happens* Or Living the Canadian Dream, (Goose Lane), Rothesay

    Mark Anthony Jarman, Touch Anywhere to Begin (Goose Lane) Fredericton

    Jon ClaytorTake 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.

    Congratulations to all the nominees!

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