• 19 Oct 2021 9:35 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Since its inception in 1998, the Lorenzo Society at UNB Saint John has had the privilege of hosting Canadian authors from across the country. These readings were typically in person, however, with the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we’ve been challenged to pivot to hosting virtual events.

    In September 2020 we launched the Lorenzo Virtual Book Club (LVBC). We feature authors on the third Wednesday every month; and for the 2020-2021 season, we hosted authors such as Emma Donoghue, Uzma Jalaluddin, Janie Chang, and many others.

    In November we will be hosting Genevieve Graham as we discuss her bookLetter Across the Sea. This discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30PM (ADT).  Participants must register in advance.  Please email to register.

    In December we will be hosting Lesley Crewe as we discuss her book The Spoon Stealer.  This discussion will take place on Sunday, December 5, at 2:00PM (ADT).  Participants must register in advance.  Please email to register.

    All Lorenzo events are listed in our printed program.  To get a copy of our fall and/or winter program, email us with your name and address and the program(s) will be mailed to you.

  • 18 Oct 2021 11:33 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    This year's judges are Selina Boan, Matthew Gwathmey and Susan Musgrave. 

    Get your submissions in by December 1 for a chance to win the $2000 prize for best poem!
    Click here for more information:

  • 28 Sep 2021 9:10 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    We're hosting a workshop on Saturday starting at 11:30 Atlantic Time that might be of interest to some of your members. Registration is limited, but we've reserved 30 seats for non-members at a price of $20 a ticket.

    Tickets are available here:

    Here is the itinerary: 

    Saturday, Oct 2 - Mini Fall Virtual Retreat

    1130 AM -1:00 PM - Using Character Emotion to Wow Readers: Becca Pugilsi, co-author, The Emotion Thesaurus

    1:00-2:00 Lunch break (we'll leave the meeting live for people to chat informally)

    2:00-3:00 Q&A with Literary Agent Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency

  • 24 Sep 2021 11:34 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    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, 2022 but early submissions are encouraged.

    Submit your manuscript electronically as a double-spaced basic Word document to: and 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 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.

    The winners of the Fourth Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction have been determined. They are Jules Torti of Lion’s Head, Ontario in first place, and Beth Ann Knowles of Riverport, Nova Scotia in second place.

    The top winning entry was Been There, Ate That: A Candy Coated Childhood by Jules Torti, a memoir about “edible memories that will transport readers back to a time and place that no longer exists but lingers dormant in our taste buds.” Jules is the former editor-in-chief of Harrowsmith and writes about the best things in life: birds, books, burgers, beaches and beer (in no particular order).”

    The second place winner, The Kimchi Experiment by Beth Ann Knowles, is “a humorous and charming story of adventure of miscommunication, discovery, frustration, and growth for two Canadian newlyweds as they spend a year teaching in rural South Korea.”

  • 21 Sep 2021 10:12 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Prizes will be £2,000, £1,000 & £500, & a chance to read online with judges Linda Gregerson & John McAuliffe on Monday 6th December! Details below:

    Troubadour international poetry prize 2021 

    judged by john mcauliffe & linda gregerson

    • first prize £2,000
    • second prize £1,000
    • third prize £500
    • plus 20 commendeds
    • plus winners read with judges at Troubadour international poetry prize 2021 prize-night celebration online on Monday, December 6.
    • Linda Gregerson studied at Oberlin, Northwestern, Iowa Writers Workshop & Stanford, is Professor of English at University of Michigan, a Renaissance scholar, a classically trained actor & a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets: her poetry collections range from The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (Houghton Mifflin, 1996) to Prodigal: New and Selected Poems (Mariner, 2015)
    • John McAuliffe (b. Listowel) has published five collections with Gallery Press including The Kabul Olympics (2020), is Professor of Poetry at Manchester University, where he directs the Centre for New Writing & Literature Live, founder & co-editor of Manchester Review, assoc. editor at Carcanet Press, & was chief poetry critic at the Irish Times (2013-2020) where he founded & chaired the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.
    Judges read all poems submitted
    • Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously published; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or number of subsequent submissions.
    • Submission: Email only, no postal entries: email your poems as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only) to; include in email: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & PayPal Receipt Number.
    • Fees: £5/€6/$7 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal (see below, PayPal account not required).
    • Timeline: Submit by midnight (your local time) on Mon 27 Sep 2021; prize-winners will be contacted in week commencing Mon 22 Nov 2021.
    • Acknowledgement/Results: Submissions acknowledged within 14 days of receipt; results posted on website after our Mon 6 Dec 2021 prize-night event; judges’ decision is final; no correspondence entered into.
    • Email Address: By including email address you agree to receiving emails regarding annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize.

    submit via email by Monday, 27 September, 2021

  • 20 Sep 2021 12:11 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    “Atlantic Vernacular” — Poetry and Craft Exhibition — Call for Poets

    *La version française de l’appel suit la version anglaise

    A call for poets with ties to Atlantic Canada. The 2021 theme for Craft NB’s biennial exhibition is Atlantic Vernacular. This multi-genre project presents a rare opportunity for poets to participate in a high-calibre online exhibition that seeks to define what contemporary craft and poetry mean on the East Coast.

    What counts as Atlantic vernacular? Is there more to us than lobsters, lighthouses and I’se da bye? Whose ways of talking are Atlantic vernacular? What regional clichés are ripe for re-examination? What impacts have tourism, the climate crisis or immigration made on Atlantic vernaculars? 

    Of course you may be asking, “What is a ‘vernacular’ anyway?” It’s usually thought of as a kind of local speech or language (Chiac, anyone?), but you can also consider it more generally as a local style or way of being in a particular place.

    Jenna Lyn Albert, former Poet Laureate of the City of Fredericton, and Sue Sinclair, poet and Director of Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick, are curating the poetry for Craft NB’s upcoming exhibition. We are looking for poets who have a route into the above or related questions, and who are willing to create poems in direct response to visual works of art by craftspeople responding to the same theme.

    The call that went out visual artists is here: It also contains a link to a poem by Albert that was offered to the visual artists as a jumping-off point.

    Poets who are selected to participate will be given a small selection of visual works to choose from and will have the month of October to write a 20-25-line poem in response to one of the works. If poets and artists are in each other’s close vicinity, we will set up in-person meetings; otherwise the artists will connect with the poets via video to display the work. We will pay each poet $200 for their original poem.

    We would be delighted to consider submissions from writers who intend to write in languages other than English. We would also love to receive submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, LGBTQAI2S+ writers, writers with disabilities and other equity-seeking writers. We invite applicants to identify themselves as such if they choose.

    To be considered for this project,please submit a max 100-word literary biography citing any previous publications AND two sample poems (not necessarily on the current theme) to

    DEADLINE:  September 22, 2021.

    Successful applicants will be contacted by October 1, 2021. Please direct any questions to Sue Sinclair or Jenna Lyn Albert at

    « Vernaculaire d’Atlantique » – Exposition métiers d’art – appel d’oeuvres

    Un appel aux poètes ayant des liens avec le Canada atlantique. Le thème de 2021 de l’exposition biennale de Métiers d’art NB est le « Vernaculaire d’atlantique. » Ce projet multi-genres offre aux poètes une rare opportunité de participer à une exposition de haut calibre qui cherche à définir ce que signifie l’artisanat contemporain et la poésie sur la côte Est.

    Qu’est-ce qui compte comme le vernaculaire d’atlantique? Y a-t-il plus pour nous que les homards, les phares et I’se da bye? Qui parle le vernaculaire d’Atlantique? Quels clichés régionaux méritent d’être réexaminés? Quels impacts le tourisme, la crise climatique ou l’immigration ont-ils fait sur les vernaculaires de l’Atlantique?

    Bien sûr, vous vous demandez peut-être ce qu’est un « vernaculaire? » C’est habituellement considéré comme une sorte de discours ou de langue locale (Chiac est un exemple), mais vous pouvez également le considérer plus généralement comme un style local ou une façon d’être dans un endroit particulier.

    Jenna Lyn Albert, ancienne poète lauréate de la Ville de Fredericton, et Sue Sinclair, poétesse et directrice de la création littéraire à l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick, sont les commissaires de poésie pour l’exposition de Métiers d’art NB. Nous sommes à la recherche des poètes pour explorer ces questions ci-dessus et qui sont disposés à créer des poèmes en réponse directe à des œuvres d’art visuelles par des artisan répondant au même thème.

    L’appel qui a été lancé aux artistes visuels se trouve ici : L’appel contient également un lien pour le poème d’Albert qui a été offert aux artistes visuels comme point de départ.

    Les poètes qui sont sélectionnés pour participer recevront une sélection limitée d’œuvres visuelles parmi lesquelles ils peuvent choisir et auront le mois d’octobre pour écrire un poème de 20-25 lignes en réponse à l’une des œuvres. Si les poètes et les artistes se trouvent à proximité l’un de l’autre, nous organiserons des réunions en personne; sinon, les artistes se connecteront avec les poètes par vidéo pour présenter l’œuvre. Chaque poète recevra 200 $ pour leur poème original.

    Nous accueillons les soumissions d’auteurs qui ont l’intention d’écrire dans des langues autres que l’anglais. Nous aimerons également recevoir des soumissions des poètes autochtones, des poètes de couleur, des poètes LGBTQAI2S+, des poètes handicapés et d’autres poètes en quête d’équité. Nous invitons les candidats à s’identifier comme tels s’ils le désirent.

    Pour être considérer pour ce projet, veuillez soumettre une biographie littéraire de 100 mots maximum citant des publications antérieures ET deux exemples de poèmes (pas nécessairement sur le thème) à

    DATE LIMITE : le 22 septembre 2021

    Les candidats retenus seront contactés d’ici le 1er octobre 2021. Veuillez adresser vos questions à Sue Sinclair ou à Jenna Lyn Albert à

  • 15 Sep 2021 10:51 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Members, here's a reminder for your publishers regarding these three Atlantic awards with a November 1 deadline: the J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award, the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Literature, and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

    The Brimer Award alternates between YA and children’s books – this year we are looking for children’s books.

    Speaking of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia will hold a special event in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the award. The Zoom event features readings by Anne Simpson, Don Hannah, John Steffler, Lisa Moore, Linda Little and Michael Crummey. Alexander MacLeod will be the host.

    As well, Thomas Raddall III will be making a special announcement at the event. Yay – I love drama!

    It takes place on Thursday, Sept. 23, 7:30 pm (Atlantic) on Zoom. Here’s the link to register:

    And here’s the full info on the event:

  • 8 Sep 2021 9:49 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The second annual Buy a New Brunswick Book Day will be observed by bookstores, publishers, and literary organizations across New Brunswick  to highlight New Brunswick authors, and encourage sales of their books.

    Use the digital poster, tagline, and hashtags (#September18 #MyNBBooks and #IReadLocal) to promote this worthy event on social media, and share pictures of your purchases! 

    More information is available on the
    Facebook event. Thank you for buying local!

  • 20 Aug 2021 12:36 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    The report of the Premier’s Task Force on the Status of the Artist was released today, providing recommendations to build a vibrant arts and culture sector in New Brunswick.

    The report was a collaboration between the provincial government, professional artists from various communities, ArtsLink NB, the New Brunswick Arts Board, which is also known as artsnb, and the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick.

    “It has been a great honour to participate in this historic endeavour,” said ArtsLink NB Executive Director Julie Whitenect. “We have worked diligently on behalf of our members and all New Brunswickers to strengthen an essential sector of our province. This report urges the official recognition of the contribution made by professional artists to the economic, social, educational and cultural success of New Brunswick.” 

    You can read the full report here:

  • 4 Aug 2021 10:47 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

    Fredericton, New Brunswick - July 30, 2021 - Emerging New Brunswick-based writer and poet Misha K. Nowicki has received the first Jane LeBlanc Storytelling Award.

    The Jane LeBlanc Storytelling Award has a cash value of $800.

    Misha now has the opportunity for mentorship and further education in her creative field.

    Misha is a budding writer from Lower Queensbury and Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she resides today with her husband and daughter. Although her “official” journey as a writer only started a few months ago, she has always had words float through her heart, jotting down ideas and phrases over the years on the margins of school notebooks, the backs of napkins and receipts, and the block papers of conference writing pads.

    Misha’s lifelong curiosity with language manifested because her real-time comprehension of it was deemed poor since she was little, and, as a result, she has had to apply a more concerted effort than the average person to understand words and their meanings. Approaching language as a puzzle led Misha to work in the policy research and records management fields after graduating from Saint Thomas University, where she could explore at a more significant level the how and why of things.

    This past spring, Misha was diagnosed as autistic and with ADHD.

    These revelations enabled Misha to cease questioning her perceived inability to understand and instead embrace the value of her process of uncovering the why behind words and the how of communication. This approach is how Misha explores self-expression and inquiry through writing. She is currently focused on writing poetry, although she also writes fiction and non-fiction prose.

    Misha is ecstatic to be the recipient of the inaugural Storytelling Award through the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund. To have her use of words and methods of expression recognized by accomplished writers is a deeply validating encouragement, and she is thrilled to pursue developing her writing in formal settings of creative writing courses and workshops.

    Misha hopes to publish her first collection of poetry in the next year.

    About The Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund

    The Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund was created in memory of Miramichi, born Jane LeBlanc. The fund is in place to assist emerging New Brunswick resident creatives. Jane lived life to the fullest and courageously took action in making her dreams a reality. She died of brain cancer in 2010.

    Sponsors and Supporters for the Storytelling Award: Cat LeBlanc Music, Montelibretti Pictures, Cathy Goodfellow, Atlantic Mediaworks, Jan Miller, Louise Lalonde, Jeremy Thomas Gilmer, Julie Scriver, Akoulina Connell, Roger Moore, and the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick.

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