Postcard Poem Contest winners

Congratulations to the winners of our second annual Postcard Poem Contest!

1st: “Mariupol” by Anthony Purdy

Anthony Purdy lives on the South Shore. His poems and stories can be found in recent issues of The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, FreeFall, Fresh Voices, The Goose, Poetry Pause, Prairie Fire, and Queen’s Quarterly. His poem “mornings” received an honourable mention in the League of Canadian Poets’ 2021 Very Short Verse contest; “bakery” was shortlisted for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia 2021 Postcard Poem Contest; “The Annex” was longlisted for the 2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize; and “Jigsaw” has been nominated by Queen’s Quarterly for a 2022 National Magazines Award.

Runner-up: “Glimpsing Mom” by Charlene Boyce

Charlene Boyce is a writer, poet and artist living in Kjipuktuk. Recently, she placed first in a Reedsy challenge with a creative nonfiction piece called “Flour and Fire.” She is a values-driven communications professional, writer, designer, facilitator, and environmentalist currently working with a systems change organization in Nova Scotia. This spring, she completed a Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies. Her thesis delves into questions of cultural identity in Halifax through the history of a cabaret.

Runner-up: “Nightfall” 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 in 2009.

Congrats also to the remaining finalists: Susan Drain, Katie Feltmate, Melanie Hobbs, Beth Ann Knowles, Anne Lévesque, Allison MacDonald, and Shepherd Moorhead.

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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.
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  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

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