Postcard Contest

The Postcard Contest is a twice annual competition for unpublished micro-writing by Nova Scotia residents. The contest alternates between short poetry (with entries accepted starting in March of each year) and short prose (with entries accepted starting in September of each year). Judged by WFNS board members and staff, entries may be on any theme and in any genre so long as they fit the form (poetry or prose) currently being accepted. The winning writers receive cash prizes and have their poems and stories published on the WFNS website and in Subtext, the WFNS newsletter.

Postcard Poem Contest

WFNS invites micro-prose entries (fiction or nonfiction of 250 words of fewer, including title) for our third annual Postcard Poem Contest. Entries may be on any theme but must be original, unpublished work in English by permanent residents of Nova Scotia.

First prize: $250 and digital publication
Runners-up prizes: $50 each and digital publication
Entry deadline: March 31, 2022

The contest is currently closed to entries. WFNS will accept poetry entries in spring of 2023 and prose entries in fall of 2023.

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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