Nova Writes Competition winners

Congratulations to the winning and shortlisted authors for the 2021 edition of Nova Writes!

Budge Wilson Short Fiction Prize

Winner: Bob Mann, “Shepherd’s Pie Friday”

Shortlist: Barbara Darby, Verna Feehan, Joyce McGeehan, Marie Thompson
Judge: Jacqueline Dumas

H.R. (Bill) Percy Short Creative Non-Fiction Prize

Winner: Kate Burnham, “Poster Child”

Shortlist: Catherine Banks, Emma Dubois, Halina St. James
Judge: Jeff Miller

Joyce Barkhouse Children’s Lit Prize

Winner: Heidi Tattrie Rushton, “Pet Tales”

Shortlist: Jodi Reid
Judge: Daphne Greer

Rita Joe Poetry Prize

Winner: Lindsey Harrington, “Dispatches from Red Bridge”

Shortlist: Emily Dodge, Margaret Schwartz
Judge: Margo Wheaton

Celebration of Emerging Writers

Join us on June 2, 7pm Atlantic, for our annual Celebration of Emerging Writers: a free virtual reading by 10 superstar emerging writers!

Winners of the Nova Writes Competition:

  • Bob Mann (with fiction judge Jacqueline Dumas)
  • Kate Burnham (with creative nonfiction judge Jeff Miller)
  • Heidi Tattrie Rushton (with children’s lit judge Daphne Greer)
  • Lindsey Harrington (with poetry judge Margo Wheaton)

Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program grads:

  • Lori McKay (with YA novel mentor Tom Ryan)
  • Justyne Leslie (with poetry mentor Rebecca Thomas)
  • Robert de la Chevotiere (with novel mentor Evelyn White)
  • Nicolas Paquette (with YA novel mentor Sylvia Gunner)
  • Danica Roache (with novel mentor Stephanie Doment)
  • Martha Mutale (with poetry mentor El Jones)
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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at