Postcard Story Contest winners

Congratulations to the winners of our inaugural Postcard Story Contest!

1st: “The woman sitting beside me” by donalee Moulton

donalee Moulton is a professional writer. As a freelancer, she has published articles in online and print publications throughout North America. She is co-author of the book Celebrity Court Cases. donalee has also published short stories and poems in journals across Canada including The Dalhousie Gazette and The Antigonish Review.

2nd: “Roots and Ropes” by Leanne Schneider

Leanne Schneider was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. After moving away at the age of six, she returned to Yarmouth in 2000, where she now resides. She lives on a small horse farm in the country, with her family nearby. She has one daughter and a grandson, who are the light of her life. She has had an essay published in the magazine Dreamers Creative Writing, with another essay forthcoming in their online magazine. Both essays cover the topic of her life with what was stage III Breast Cancer and is now stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.

3rd: “The Wolfman” by Charles “Gus” Doiron

Charles “Gus” Doiron has a collection of speculative fiction stories available at gusstories.ca and is currently working on a novel.

Congrats also to our remaining finalists: Rhian Irene Calcott, Fiona Chin-Yee, Barbara Darby, Joanne Gallant, Rose Poirier, Jennifer Reichow, and Syr Ruus

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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 communications@writers.ns.ca