Meet the inaugural Elizabeth Venart Prize recipient

Emerging writer Trina Warner from Chester, NS, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Elizabeth Venart Prize. The prize comes with a $1,000 cheque from the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS), free registration for a WFNS creative writing workshop, and advice from a professional author through WFNS’s Coffee Chats program.

A speech-language pathologist, Trina has worked on the South Shore of Nova Scotia for past 20 years. From an early age, she found adventure, friendship, solace, and guidance in libraries and books. For just as long, she has written privately as a means of self-discovery and self-expression, but the bulk of her writing has been for academic or professional purposes.

It was during the COVID-19 pandemic that she decided to explore writing creative non-fiction. Her submission to the Elizabeth Venart Prize was the product of writing workshops she’s taken through the University of King’s College and the WFNS. She plans to use the Elizabeth Venart Prize to foster her creative writing practice.

Trina lives with her husband, young daughter, and excitable six-month-old golden retriever, Rosie. Beyond books, Trina believes in the transformative power of stories and the courage it takes to tell them.

Introduced earlier this year, the Elizabeth Venart Prize was created by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia board to support emerging writers whose work-in-progress shows promise and career-advancing merit. The prize aims to help finance the time, space, and professional development required to write, to revise and edit, and/or to submit work for publication. Submissions will be open on an annual basis to women and writers of other marginalized genders.

The prize is named for Elizabeth Venart (1937-2008), a wife and mother. She began writing seriously only later in her life, and finding the time to do so was difficult while raising a family and running a farm.

Sarah Venart, daughter of Elizabeth and herself a poet, remembers her mother being “most satisfied and content when she was producing words in her writing room with her chosen view of apple blossoms and the sipping hummingbirds.”

The Elizabeth Venart Prize endowment was built through donations by the Venart family, contributions from the WFNS, and the generosity of WFNS members.

In aiming to make the prize sustainable, WFNS has continued fundraiser efforts—most recently through the sale of Promptly: a miscellany of writing tips & tales from Nova Scotian authors and through Promptly: the workshop, to be held virtually from November 23 through December 14 and led by several contributors to the Promptly book.

Beautifully designed and printed by Gaspereau Press, Promptly is available through the online WFNS Gift Shop and at independent bookstores in Halifax & Dartmouth (Bookmark, King’s College Bookstore, Trident Books, Venus Envy, and Dartmouth Book Exchange), on the South Shore (LaHave River Books, Block Shop Books, Lunenburg Bound, and Otis and Clementine’s), and in Sydney (On Paper Books).

Postcard Story Contest winners

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

1st: “How to Separate an Egg” by Elizabeth Collis

Elizabeth Collis (she/her) writes short fiction and creative non-fiction from her base in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her recent short stories and flash fiction have been published online in Flash Fiction Magazine, Understorey Magazine, and CommuterLit. In her personal essay blog, Nestless and Restless, she chronicles her journeys to explore her two homelands of Canada and England. Before concentrating on writing, Elizabeth worked as a language teacher, as a small business owner, and for a non-profit supporting entrepreneurship. She has lived on three continents and in many different countries but is happiest when she is in, on, or beside the Atlantic Ocean.

Runner-up: “Neetha” by Nayani Jensen

Nayani Jensen grew up in Halifax, NS, and most of her writing has the ocean in it. She writes short stories, novels, and poems. She was a winner of the Atlantic Writing Competition in 2014, and her poetry has been published in the ASH Oxford student journal (2019, 2020). When not writing, she studies the intersection of science and literature, and she has recently completed her MSc in History of Science at Oxford University.

Runner-up: “Alongside” by Gina O’Leary

Gina O’Leary is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who cares for children with cardiac disease. Originally from New Brunswick, she lives in Halifax with her husband and two dogs.

Congrats also to the remaining finalists: Carmen Dunn, Monica Ebsary, Jamie Farquhar, Geraldine Glodek, Monica Graham, Jill Martin, and Ian Sifton.

Celebrating 30 years of Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature

More than three decades ago, a Nova Scotia teacher helped lay the groundwork for a thriving children’s literature scene in Atlantic Canada. Alongside Liz and Brian Crocker, Ann Connor Brimer co-founded Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore—Woozles, “A Place For and About Children”—back in 1978.

Then, to encourage writers of children’s books and recognize their excellence, the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature was established. To celebrate the award’s 30th anniversary, Ann’s son Gavin is increasing the prize money to $5,000 a year.

“She wanted to create an award that would keep writers writing,” says Gavin Brimer. “This award really crystalized her vision.”

Ann died in 1988, before the first award was given out. Named in her memory, the inaugural award went to the late Joyce Barkhouse for her book, Pit Pony, in 1991.

“I think what’s notable is that she always encouraged Atlantic Canadian writers—before there was even a community,” said Kathleen Martin, author of six non-fiction books for children. “She thought it was so important to write from this place.”

The award, one of the oldest for children’s literature in Canada, is unique in that it recognizes both books for children, and, in alternate years, books for young adult (YA) readers. The most recent winner of the award is Nova Scotia writer Tom Ryan for the YA thriller Keep This to Yourself.

Providing encouragement to writers is exactly what the award has done. Winners of the award say getting nominated was a major milestone in their careers and foundational to regarding themselves as writers.

For example, Lisa Harrington, who won the award for her book Live to Tell in 2013, distinctly recalls the phone call informing her she was nominated. It was the day she felt confident enough to call herself a writer.

“It was a Friday evening, and I was cleaning the bathroom. I answered the phone in rubber gloves, holding a toilet brush,” she says. “I just couldn’t believe it…. It was like the first time I ever thought, ‘Wow, maybe I can do this. Maybe I can be a writer.'”

Her writing group commemorated the moment by giving her a sequin-bedazzled toilet brush, she adds with a laugh.

Newfoundland writer Kevin Major says the award gave him the confidence to carry on. He too has won the award three times—each time for a book that was initially rejected by publishers.

“It was only perseverance and a personal belief in the merit of what I had written that saw me through to the books finally being accepted for publication,” says Major, who won for Aunt Olga’s Christmas Postcards in 2006, The House of Wooden Santas in 1998, and Eating Between the Lines in 1992. “Then, having these same books judged to be exceptional by juries for the Ann Connor Brimer Award became an absolute cause for celebration. And an injection of confidence to keep challenging myself as a writer and taking my books for young people in new and different directions.”

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia has administered the literary award since 2019. Submissions for the 2022 award recently closed (Nov. 1, 2021). The next winner will be announced during the Atlantic Book Awards Gala in June 2022. 

Quotable quotes:

“Winning this award for my book, The Painting, in 2018 was a milestone in my career. Although my books had received awards before, this was my first Atlantic Canada award and it meant so much to me to have recognition from my peers in the place I have chosen to call home. I felt a sense of acceptance and belonging to a larger community than the one I am part of in Newfoundland, a feeling that I had somehow “arrived,” both professionally and personally, and that my work had resonance for people who live here. Writing is such a solitary and insecure profession, and I have often felt lost in the larger scheme of things across Canada, but this award kindled a warm fire inside me that my work was appreciated and that I was not invisible after all. It inspired me to keep writing even when it’s the hardest thing to do.”

—Charis Cotter is a 2018 winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award for her book The Painting (Tundra Books)

“Winning the Brimer Award gave me just the boost I needed at a critical point in my writing career and set me on a course to write many more books for young people. It was much appreciated.”

—Prolific writer Lesley Choyce won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature for Into the Wasteland in 2017, Shoulder to the Sky in 2003, and Good Idea Gone Bad in 1994.

“The Ann Connor Brimer Award does so much to help support and promote works for young people by Atlantic Canadians. As an award that has gained recognition across the country, it strengthens and elevates the Maritime’s voice of children’s literature.”

—Valerie Sherrard won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature for The Glory Wind in 2011.

“I certainly regard being an Ann Connor Brimer winner among my proudest accomplishments. As an elementary school teacher I read many excellent books to my students by Atlantic Canadian authors and Joyce Barkhouse’s Pit Pony was among them. I acknowledged her 1991 win when I accepted my 2012 award.”

—New Brunswick writer Susan White won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Literature for The Year Mrs. Montague Cried in 2012. A second book, The Memory Chair, was shortlisted for the award in 2018.

“Encouragement and validation were the words that came to mind after my first two middle-grade novels, The Nine Lives of Travis Keating and The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy, won the Ann Connor Brimer Award in successive years: my best efforts of imagination and craft had been more than rewarded. Somehow I’d stumbled across a path that was taking me places I wanted to go, and despite boots getting stuck in the mud or the path wandering too close to the cliff-edge, the sheer doggedness required to write and revise a novel had also been honoured.
     “When Nix Minus One won the award in 2014, I was, quite simply, delighted because this free verse novel is, of all my books, the one closest to my heart. My warm thanks to Gavin Brimer for his enduring generosity, and my deep gratitude also to all those who work so hard behind the scenes for an award that spurs Atlantic Canadian writers for young people to keep to the solitary, joyful trail of words.”

—Jill MacLean is a three-time winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award for The Nine Lives of Travis Keating in 2009, The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy in 2010, and Nix Minus One in 2014.

“Writing is often an isolating vocation. Winning the Brimer Award near the beginning of my career made it possible for me to imagine my work was reaching readers and subsequent wins helped me to believe I was doing something worthwhile.”

—Janet McNaughton won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for The Secret Under My Skin in 2001, Make or Break Spring in 1999, and To Dance at the Palais Royal in 1997.

A who’s who of Atlantic Canadian children’s literature:

  • 2021 – Tom Ryan, Keep This to Yourself
  • 2020 – Sheree Fitch, Everybody’s Different on EveryBody Street
  • 2019 – Susan Sinnott, Catching the Light
  • 2018 – Charis Cotter, The Painting
  • 2017 — Lesley Choyce, Into the Wasteland
  • 2016 – Sharon E. McKay, Prison Boy
  • 2015 – Sharon E. McKay, The End of the Line
  • 2014 – Jill MacLean, Nix Minus One
  • 2013 – Lisa Harrington, Live to Tell
  • 2012 – Susan White, The Year Mrs. Montague Cried
  • 2011 – Valerie Sherrard, The Glory Wind
  • 2010 – Jill MacLean, The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy
  • 2009 – Jill MacLean, The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
  • 2008 – K.V. Johansen, Nightwalker
  • 2007 – Budge Wilson, Friendships
  • 2006 – Kevin Major, Aunt Olga’s Christmas Postcards
  • 2005 – Alice Walsh, Pomiuk, Prince of the North
  • 2004 – Don Aker, The First Stone
  • 2003 – Lesley Choyce, Shoulder the Sky
  • 2002 – Francis Wolfe, Where I Live
  • 2001 – Janet McNaughton, The Secret Under My Skin
  • 2000 – David Weale, The True Meaning of Crumbfest
  • 1999 – Janet McNaughton, Make or Break Spring
  • 1998 – Kevin Major, The House of the Wooden Santas
  • 1997 – Janet McNaughton, To Dance at the Palais Royale
  • 1996 – Don Aker, Of Things Not Seen
  • 1995 – Sheree Fitch, Mable Murple
  • 1994 – Lesley Choyce, Good Idea Gone Bad
  • 1993 – Budge Wilson, Oliver’s War
  • 1992 – Kevin Major, Eating Between the Lines
  • 1991 – Joyce Barkhouse, Pit Pony. 

Celebrating 30 years of Atlantic fiction with a $30,000 prize


Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

HALIFAX — The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, already the most generous literary award in the Atlantic Region, is now even more so.

During a Zoom event held in celebration of the award’s 30th anniversary, Thomas Raddall III announced the prize money for the winner will go up to $30,000.

To commemorate and celebrate the 30th anniversary of this award, the Raddall family would like to announce tonight that the award, commencing in 2022, will go from $25,000 to $30,000,” said Raddall, speaking from a replica of his grandfather’s writing room in Queen’s County Museum in Liverpool. “We hope it will continue to provide the authors of Atlantic Canada the gift of time and peace of mind.

The award is named for Thomas Head Raddall, a best-selling author and three-time Governor General’s Award winner. Established in 1991 by the author’s son, Thomas Raddall II, and the late Jane Buss at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, the award was initially funded through Public Lending Right payments—money paid to authors for free public use of their works in libraries. Through the years, the now-retired dentist carefully tended the award endowment with the idea that the prize money could provide authors time to continue writing without financial worry.

Over the past three decades, the support of the Raddall family of Liverpool has nurtured the Atlantic literary scene. Past winners of the award include a who’s who of acclaimed Canadian novelists, including three-time winner Donna Morrissey, Carol Bruneau, David Adams Richards, Wayne Johnston, Bernice Morgan, and the late Alistair MacLeod. During the Zoom event, winners Anne Simpson, Don Hannah, John Steffler, Linda Little, Lisa Moore, and Michael Crummey talked about the award and its impact.

The family has done such a wonderful thing for all of us,” said Anne Simpson, who won the award earlier this year for her novel Speechless (Freehand Books). “It means a lot, not only for the financial support it provides but for the sense that writing is important to the broader culture,” said John Steffler, whose novel The Afterlife of George Cartwright (McClelland & Stewart) was the winner in 1993. “And the sense of community it builds,” added Lisa Moore, 2019 winner for the short story collection Something for Everyone (House of Anansi).

The celebration event was co-sponsored by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie Libraries. 

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is currently accepting submissions of books published between Nov. 2, 2020, and Nov. 1, 2021, for four of its annual literary awards: the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award, and Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature.


For more info, please see:

Marilyn Smulders
Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia

Heading photograph of Thomas Head Raddall courtesy of Thomas Head Raddall, Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

raddall award 30 years

“A literary conga line”

Sept 23, 7:30pm >>

Celebrating 30 years of award-winning Atlantic fiction

At the Atlantic Book Awards earlier this year, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award was awarded for the 30th time to a writer living and working in the Atlantic region. Antigonish writer Anne Simpson took home the $25,000 prize and accompanying gold medallion for her novel Speechless (Freehand Press).

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia is honored to facilitate this award with the generous support of the Raddall family of Liverpool. Named in honor of award-winning and best-selling author Thomas Head Raddall (1903-1994), the award was initially funded through payments received for Raddall’s books through the Public Lending Right program.

Through the years, the endowment fund for the award has been carefully tended by Thomas Raddall II, a retired dentist, and now Thomas Raddall III, a dentist working in Liverpool. From the beginning, the aim of the award has been to give writers “the gift of time and peace of mind” that is so crucial to continuing to write.

(Please see “The Gift of Time” by Alexander MacLeod in Atlantic Books Today.)

On Thursday, Sept. 23, winners of the award will gather (virtually) to talk about the impact of the award on their lives and writing—and to read a passage from a favorite winning book from the past 30 years. Host Alexander MacLeod calls it a “literary conga line.”

Starting things off is Anne Simpson, who will read from 2008 winner Ragged Islands by Don Hannah. Don will, in turn, read from 1993 winner The Afterlife of George Cartwright by John Steffler. And John will, in turn, read from 2000 winner No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod. Alistair MacLeod’s son, Alexander, a distinguished writer himself, will read from 2019 winner Something for Everyone by Lisa Moore, who will read from 2007 winner Scotch River by Linda Little, who will read from 2020 winner The Innocents by Michael Crummey. Michael will close the loop and the evening by reading from Anne Simpson’s novel, Speechless.

The celebration is free to attend and will be held on Zoom. All registered attendees will have a chance to win a basket of books by the featured authors! Register below to receive the link to attend.

The Raddall Award 30th Anniversary Celebration is co-presented by Dalhousie Libraries and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

The featured author gift basket has been generously assembled by Mike Hamm of Bookmark Halifax, with titles by Steffler, MacLeod, and Crummey courtesy of Penguin Random House; by Moore courtesy of House of Anansi; and by Simpson courtesy of Freehand Books.

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)

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

Atlantic Book Awards 2021 shortlists

Shortlists for the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards have been announced! Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors — and, in particular, to the fourteen authors shortlisted for WFNS’s five Atlantic Book Awards categories. The five shortlists below boast a number of acclaimed WFNS members, including the double-shortlisted shalan joudry. Click on a book cover for more details and to order directly from the publisher.

This year’s online Atlantic Book Festival (May 6 to 12) will culminate in a virtual Awards Gala (May 13), where the winners in each category will be announced.

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature (YA)

Annaka by Andre Fenton (Nimbus Publishing)

Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan (Albert Whitman & Company)

The Grey Sisters by Jo Treggiari (Penguin Teen)

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Blood in the Water: A True Story of Revenge in the Maritimes by Silver Donald Cameron (Viking Canada)

Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion by Tyler LeBlanc (Goose Lane Editions)

Before the Parade: A History of Halifax’s Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Communities, 1972-1984 by Rebecca Rose (Nimbus Publishing)

J. M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award

Black Matters by Afua Cooper, with photographs by Wilfried Raussert (Roseway Publishing)

Humanimus by David Huebert (Palimpsest Press)

Waking Ground by shalan joudry (Gaspereau Press)

Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award

Year of the Metal Rabbit by Tammy Armstrong (Gaspereau Press)

Burden by Douglas Burnet Smith (University of Regina Press)

Waking Ground by shalan joudry (Gaspereau Press)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Some People’s Children by Bridget Canning (Breakwater Books Ltd.)

Dirty Birds by Morgan Murray (Breakwater Books Ltd.)

Speechless by Anne Simpson (Freehand Books)

New poetry award honours Maxine Tynes

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is naming its new literary award in honour of the late writer Maxine Tynes.

The Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award will be awarded every other year for the best book of poetry written by a Nova Scotian writer. The inaugural award will be presented this year during the Atlantic Book Awards virtual gala on May 13.

Fundraising for the new award started in 2020, with $1,800 received by an anonymous donor. More than 75 individual WFNS members also contributed to the endowment fund for the award. When Dr. Afua Cooper won the Portia White Prize in November, she named the WFNS her protégé, boosting the fund by $7,000. Additional donations were received from the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute and the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union.

“I am thrilled to be part of the initiative established to recognize Maxine Tynes,” says Dr. Cooper. “This pioneering Nova Scotian poet, over several decades, delighted us with stories of thunder, rain, formidable women, moonshine, windswept shores, Black Africans arriving from the sea, and making life on rocky land and swampy soil, and of sweet love in the afternoon. Maxine Tynes is our own people’s poet, and we celebrate her.”

Maxine was a celebrated poet, teacher, and lifelong resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A descendant of Black Loyalists, she drew on their rich and enduring heritage in her writing. Her poems explored her Blackness, feminism, and physical disability. Maxine contracted polio as a child, and complications brought on by the disease led to her death in 2011 at the age of 62.

She wrote four books of poetry, all published by Pottersfield Press. Her first, Borrowed Beauty (1987), announced her as a major new talent and received the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award, recognizing her as a People’s Poet of Canada. Her later books include Woman Talking Woman (1990) and The Door of My Heart (1993), as well as a collection of poetry for children, Save the World For Me (1991).

Maxine championed the search for Black Nova Scotian identity and community. “We are constantly looking for who we are,” she wrote in Borrowed Beauty. “So many signals have been lost historically and culturally along the way.” She was also known as a beloved English teacher at Cole Harbour High and Auburn Drive High schools, where she worked for a combined 31 years. For excellence in teaching, she received a Canada Medal from the Governor General in 1993.

The new Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award joins the four other literary awards administered by the WFNS, including the $25,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award, the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature.

Photo of Maxine Tynes by Albert Lee.

Read more: “Maxine Tynes Prize Finalists Reflect on Her Legacy” by Evelyn White in Atlantic Books Today

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 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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