The Atlantic Writing Competition (AWC) was established in 1975 under the auspices of the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Authors' Association and has been administered by the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia since 1976.
Emerging writers throughout Atlantic Canada may submit work in six categories: creative non-fiction, novel, poetry, short story, writing for children, and young adult novel. Established writers are also eligible but may only enter a category of writing that is new to them.
All entrants receive written comments on their manuscripts. Manuscripts are evaluated for their originality, creativity, and quality of writing, and comments may appraise a wide range of literary techniques as well as matters such as structure and plot.
Complete submissions must be submitted to the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia no later than the January 7, 2016 submission deadline. Please note that all submissions must be digital. If you are not technically adept, please seek assistance from a friend or family member or your local library branch.
Please note that your receipt (either for your cheque or your PayPal transaction) is confirmation that your entry was received. No news is good news! If you do not hear from us, you can assume your entry has been accepted. Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to send out personalized messages indicating your submission was received. Please do not contact the office seeking this confirmation.
THE 2016 ATLANTIC WRITING COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
IF YOU ENTERED, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE OFFICE ABOUT THE STATUS OF YOUR ENTRY.
PLEASE SEE THE TIMELINE LINKED BELOW FOR COMMENT, SHORTLIST AND WINNER DATES.
Atlantic Writing Competition Guidelines / Updated September 2015