Submitted by Robin on
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 3:32pm

Halifax, NS– The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) announced the winners of the 2014 East Coast Literary Awards during a celebration of Atlantic writers and writing on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Institute of Applied Creativity at NSCAD. 

Stephen Kimber took home the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award ($2,000 prize) for What Lies Across the Water (Fernwood). The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award ($2,000 prize) was presented to Don Domanski for Bite Down Little Whisper (Brick Books). And William Kowalski was awarded the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award ($25,000 prize) for The Hundred Hearts (Dundurn). 

The shortlists for the East Coast Literary Awards were released in June, with nominated writers giving readings in the immediate run-up to the September 20 announcement.

The Awards program, which celebrates and promotes excellence in writing from Canada’s Atlantic region, attracted 64 titles from all four Atlantic provinces for this year’s competition. This year’s shortlist and winners introduce local, national, and international readers to remarkable works written by Atlantic Canadians and published in 2013.

Shortlisted nominees for each Award also included:

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award: John DeMont (NS), A Good Day’s Work (Doubleday) and Richard Foot (NS), Driven (Goose Lane)

J. M. Abraham Poetry Award: Mary Dalton (NL), Hooking (Signal Editions) and Sue Goyette (NS), Ocean (Gaspereau Press)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award: Shashi Bhat (NS), The Family Took Shape (Cormorant Books) and Ed Kavanagh (NL), Strays (Killick Press)

Established in 1976, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia works to provide advice and assistance to writers at all stages of their careers; to encourage greater public recognition of writers and their achievements; and to enhance the literary arts in our regional and national culture. More information about WFNS and its programs is available at