The Atlantic Writing Competition is now Nova Writes. We now accept entries from permanent residents of Nova Scotia only. See the guidelines for more details on resident eligibility criteria. 

Nova Writes is an annual program designed to honour work by unpublished writers in Nova Scotia. Entry is open to writers unpublished in the category of writing they wish to enter. Prizes are presented at the Celebration of Emerging Writers in the spring. Submissions will open October 25, 2017. Submissions close December 6, 2017.


The East Coast Literary Awards celebrate and promote excellence in writing from Atlantic Canada. The number of titles submitted each year are a testament to the diversity and quality of writing from all four Atlantic provinces. And although jurors have the unenviable task of selecting one winner for each Award, each year's shortlists introduce local, national, and international readers to a tremendous body of work and the vibrant culture of the region.    

Currently, the Awards are:

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, valued at $25,000 for the winning title;
J.M. Abraham Poetry Award, valued at $2,000 for the winning title; and  
The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, valued at $2,000 for the winning title.  

For information about the individual Awards, please use the links above or in the left-hand sidebar.