Recent News From and About WFNB

  • 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

  • 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
    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
    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!

  • 23 Mar 2023 9:06 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    April 27th is poetry day in Ireland. WFNB board member Sandra Bunting is inviting Atlantic Canada poets to write a poem, playing with the theme Message in a Bottle or anything to do with Ireland. One suggestion is for poets to learn new things about Ireland and write about them. It can be a take on Irish modern society, reimagining works of the great Irish writers, mythology, descriptions of its stunning landscape or something our two countries have in common. Try to keep away from the stereotypes and the Hollywood portrayal of Ireland and the Irish. Play and have fun. Experiment. Come up with something new or perhaps you have something that would fit. I am making arrangements for the poems to be delivered in Ireland (unfortunately not in a physical bottle) and to be read by Irish poets. More details to come. Deadline: March 31 Send to

  • 2 Mar 2023 11:01 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    ATTENTION BOOK LOVERS & READERS. Exciting News! THE GREATER MONCTON RIVERVIEW DIEPPE BOOK FAIR is happening. Mark the date in your calendar - April 22nd 10am - 4pm. Over 30 Authors and their books all in one place. Please SHARE with all your friends. Visit our website and meet the authors. New listings everyday.

  • 16 Feb 2023 1:15 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    On Thursday, February 23, Marianne Ward leads the free Editors Canada webinar "Working With an Editor: An Overview for Writers."

    This is your last call to register! 

    Presenter: Marianne Ward
    Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
    Time: 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
    Length: 1.5 hours
    Language: English
    Level:  Introductory
    Type: Informational
    Price: Free

    Have you always been a little mystified about what it is editors do, or even terrified at the prospect of working with one? This webinar breaks down the editing process (the stages of editing) and describes the relationship between editor and author. Bottom line: there's nothing to fear!

    Can't make it this time?

    We're pleased to announce this webinar will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

    Recordings of many of our recent webinars are now available for sale. When you buy an Editors Canada webinar recording, you'll receive a video file to watch at your leisure on your computer or mobile device. The file is yours to keep, so you can watch it again and again.

    Visit our webinar recordings page to see what's available now. We're adding new recordings regularly and some are available for a limited time only, so be sure to check often.

    Train online with Editors Canada

    Looking for more opportunities to get your training online? Visit our webinars page to learn about our webinar season and meet our topnotch instructors.

  • 10 Feb 2023 12:28 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Are you considering writing your memoir? Is your story ready to come to life in book form? 

    This 90-minute panel from the University of King’s College Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Nonfiction program will illuminate the possibilities of memoir, perhaps inspiring you to pick up that pen! 

    Join our MFA alumni Pauline DakinSue Harper, Jason Schreurs, and RC Shaw for a session on memoir writing on February 12. 

    Register via the link below.

  • 10 Feb 2023 12:17 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Are you considering writing your memoir? 

    Is your story ready to come to life in book form? 

    This 90-minute panel from the University of King’s College Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Nonfiction program will illuminate the possibilities of memoir, perhaps inspiring you to pick up that pen! 

    Join our MFA alumni Pauline DakinSue Harper, Jason Schreurs, and RC Shaw for a session on memoir writing on February 12. 

    Register via the link below.

  • 7 Feb 2023 9:48 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    WFNB member Dr. Gerard Collins will be reading from The Hush Sisters at the central branch of the Saint John Public Library on Feb. 24 at 3 PM.

    The following day, Feb. 25, 10:30 AM to 1 PM, he's offering a workshop entitled "The Art of Storytelling".

    The reading is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, through The Writers Union of Canada. Gerard is an award-winning novelist and short story writer who has read from his work and taught writing classes at the Louisiana Book Festival and Newcastle University in the UK, among others. For more information on Gerard, visit his website:

    To register for the Saturday workshop, contact the author at: Workshop fee is $85.

    Admission for the Friday afternoon reading is free, and all are welcome.

  • 1 Feb 2023 12:51 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Marie-Célie Agnant - Photo credit : © Marc-Antoine Zouéki February 1, 2023 – Ottawa – The Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable George J. Furey, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Anthony Rota, announced today the appointment of Marie-Célie Agnant as Canada’s new Parliamentary Poet Laureate, effective January 1, 2023. Ms. Agnant is the 10th poet to hold this office, succeeding Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer.

    Marie-Célie Agnant was selected by the Speakers from a short list of candidates submitted by the Selection Committee, chaired by Dr. Heather Lank, Parliamentary Librarian, and composed of Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages; Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada; and Jesse Wente, Chair, Canada Council for the Arts (represented by Joanne Larocque-Poirier, Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary).

    Born in Haiti, Marie-Célie Agnant has lived in Quebec since 1970. Active in the literary scene for 27 years, she has a substantial body of work for which she has won awards both within Canada and abroad. She has published three books of poetry, including Femmes des terres brûlées, which won the 2017 Alain-Grandbois poetry award from the Académie des lettres du Québec. Through her poetry, she explores themes, both timeless and contemporary, such as equality, justice, solitude, the status of women and racism.


    “Through her powerful writing and her social and community engagement, Ms. Agnant conveys the importance of a more equitable and supportive society— especially to young people. Indeed, several emerging writers have acknowledged the influence of Ms. Agnant and her work.”
    – The Honourable George J. Furey, K.C., Speaker of the Senate

    “Ms. Agnant’s work extends well beyond the words themselves. She demonstrates her humanity and commitment to the cause of oppressed people. Her writing radiates justice and resistance, gives readers courage, moves them and prompts reflection.”
    – Honourable Anthony Rota, Speaker of the House of Commons

    “I’m very eager to make the most of this new experience by extending a hand to children and leading them toward the enchanting realm of poetry. Thank you for this opportunity.”
    – Marie-Célie Agnant, 10th Parliamentary Poet Laureate

    The Parliamentary Poet Laureate Program

    Federal legislators created the position of Parliamentary Poet Laureate in 2001 to build awareness of the reading and writing of poetry. Pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate may perform a range of duties, including composing poetry, particularly for use in Parliament on important occasions; sponsoring poetry readings; advising the Parliamentary Librarian on enriching the cultural holdings of the Library’s collections; and performing related duties at the request of the Speaker of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Commons or the Parliamentary Librarian.

    Biographical notes and a photo of Marie-Célie Agnant are available online.

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