Postcard Poem Contest winners

Congratulations to the winners of our inaugural Postcard Poem Contest!

1st: “Prayer” by Robert de la Chevotiere
     Robert de la Chevotiere is originally from the Caribbean and has called Nova Scotia home for the last twenty years. When not honing his craft as a fiction writer, he can be found in a high school classroom, teaching students the beauty of the French language.

Runner-up: “Barren Beach” by Christina McRae
     Christina McRae lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Her recent work appears in Arc, The New Quarterly, Windsor Review, and Understorey Magazine. Her first full-length collection, Next to Nothing, was published by Wolsak and Wynn.

Runner-up: “Median’s up-bunched, glut-hunchy tumult” by Matt Robinson
     Matt Robinson’s newest poetry collection is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in fall, 2021. He lives in Halifax with his family.

Runner-up: “Undeniable” by David A. Wimsett
     David A. Wimsett’s characters examine themselves and their place in the world. He is the author of the novel Beyond the Shallow Bank and of The Carandir Saga, an epic fantasy series whose third volume, Covenant with the Dragons, will be released for Christmas of 2021. He lives in Nova Scotia, near the sea.

Congrats also to our remaining finalists: Jill Martin, Lisa McCabe, donalee Moulton, Sandra Phinney, Anthony Purdy, and Catherine Walker

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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.
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