Short Creative Non-Fiction Prize
PRIZES: $200 for the winning entry and an invitation to read at The Celebration of Emerging Writers in Halifax.
SUBMISSIONS: Must be a creative non-fiction essay of no more than 3,000 words. Creative non-fiction is a form of non-fiction that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work that is factually true and artistically elegant. Eligible works of creative non-fiction are the following written in a personal, identifiable voice: history, narrative journalism, memoir, personal essays, and travel writing. 

NEW: Long Form Creative Non-Fiction Prize
PRIZES:
 $300 for the winning entry and an invitation to read at The Celebration of Emerging Writers in Halifax.
SUBMISSIONS: Creative non-fiction is a form of non-fiction that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work that is factually true and artistically elegant. Eligible works of creative non-fiction are the following written in a personal, identifiable voice: history, narrative journalism, memoir, personal essays, and travel writing.  Your entry must be a complete non-fiction manuscript of no less than 60,000 words and no more than 100,000 words. Although the manuscript will be evaluated based on the first 80 pages or 20,000 words only, you must submit the entire manuscript. First round readers may read more than the first 80 pages, but they will not be required to do so. A one page double spaced summary of the manuscript must also accompany the entry. The summary must include a synopsis of the entire arc of the manuscript, and include the word count of the final piece. The summary should contain no biographical or other personally identifiable information. The summary should be included as the first page of your manuscript document.

H.R. (Bill) Percy Novel Prize
PRIZES: 
$300 for the winning entry and an invitation to read at The Celebration of Emerging Writers in Halifax.
SUBMISSIONS: A complete fiction manuscript of no less than 60,000 words and no more than 100,000 words. Although the manuscript will be evaluated based on the first 80 pages or 20,000 words only, you must submit the entire manuscript. First round readers may read more than the first 80 pages, but they will not be required to do so. Submissions may be in any genre including, but not limited to, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, romance, and speculative fiction. A one page double spaced summary of the novel must also accompany the entry. The summary must include a synopsis of the entire arc of the novel, identify the intended audience, and include the word count of the final piece. The summary should contain no biographical or other personally identifiable information. The summary should be included as the first page of your manuscript document. 


Poetry Prize
PRIZES:  $200 for the winning entry and an invitation to read at The Celebration of Emerging Writers in Halifax. 
SUBMISSIONS: No more than six poems (with a maximum of 1500 words/poem) in any style. For judging purposes, each Poetry Prize entry must be given a collection title. It is not a requirement that the poems have a thread that binds them, but many of our readers and judges will be looking for that thread as a basis of evaluation. If you are simply looking for feedback, you may submit a single poem. However, it is highly unlikely a single poem would win unless it is long form. Note: If your poems rely on particular spacing, please submit as a PDF to ensure that the text does not shift when opened on another computer. 


Budge Wilson Short Story Prize

PRIZES:  $200 for the winning entry and an invitation to read at The Celebration of Emerging Writers in Halifax.
Submissions: Must be a short work of fiction of no more than 3,000 words and may be in any genre including, but not limited to, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, romance, and speculative fiction.


UPDATED: Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children & Young Adult Prize
***Note: Due to an historically low number of submissions in both the Writing for Children & YA categories, the two have been combined. The entries will be judged based on the criteria for their respective age ranges, with overall excellence being the determining factor in selecting a shortlist and winner. Entrants in this category should pay close attention to age appropriateness, as a miscategorization on the part of the writer will count against the entry. 


PRIZES:
  $200 if the winning entry is in the Writing for Children category, or $300 if the winning entry is the Young Adult Fiction category, and an invitation to read at The Celebration of Emerging Writers in Halifax.

 

Writing for Children

SUBMISSIONS: Must be fiction or creative non-fiction of no more than 35,000 words and must be aimed at children up to age 12. Submissions may be chapter books (ages 6-9) or middle grade novels (ages 8-12). Please state whether your piece is a chapter book or middle grade at the beginning of your manuscript. Targeting a manuscript to a particular age range is very important when writing for children, so readers and judges will be evaluating the pieces based on suitability and conventions of each particular age range. Do not include illustrations, but feel free to indicate where illustrations might appear.

Chapter Book (ages 6-9, independent reader)

A chapter book is a short novel intended for intermediate readers. The story is told primarily through prose, though it does contain illustrations. The books are usually divided into short chapters designed to hold the interest of shorter attention spans. Chapter books are of moderate length and complexity.

Example: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan and the Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows 

Middle Grade (ages 8-12)

Middle grade novels are longer and more complex than chapter books, but shorter than YA novels, with less-mature themes (PG rating). Romance, if present, is puppy love. There are no depictions of extreme/graphic violence. If there is cursing, it’s generally mild or simply implied. Middle grade novels tend to have main characters who are the age of, or slightly older than, the target reader. The plot tends to be more outwardly focused, consistent with the reader's greater independence.

Example: Matilda by Roald Dahl and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

 **Please note that picture books and collections of poetry are not accepted. 

 OR  

Young Adult Novel
SUBMISSIONS: Must be long works of fiction of no less than 50,000 and no more than 75,000 words and aimed for readers aged 12+ (young adults).  Although the manuscript will be evaluated based on the first 80 pages or 20,000 words, you must submit the entire manuscript. First round readers may read more than the first 80 pages, but they will not be required to do so.  A one page double spaced summary must accompany the entry. The summary must include a synopsis of the entire arc of the novel and include the word count of the final piece. Young Adult Novel submissions may be in any genre including, but not limited to, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, and speculative fiction. The summary should contain no biographical or other personally identifiable information. The summary should be included as the first page of your manuscript document.


THE DEADLINE FOR NOVA WRITES IS DECEMBER 13, 2016

 

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