Chris Benjamin

Chris Benjamin is a freelance journalist and an author of fiction and non-fiction. He is currently the Managing Editor of Atlantic Books Today magazine.

His collection of short stories, Boy With a Problem, was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction. His nonfiction book, Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School, won the Dave Greber Freelance Book Prize before being published, was listed by librarians as a Book of Influence, and recently became a Nova Scotia bestseller.

His previous book, Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, won the 2012 Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and was a finalist for the Richardson Non-Fiction Prize. A series of short video documentaries has been made based on the book.

Chris’ novel, Drive-by Saviours, won the H.R. Percy Prize, was longlisted for a ReLit Prize and made the CBC Canada Reads Top Essential Books List.

Chris has written for a long list of magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States. A few highlights include The Globe and Mail, Science Friday, Z Magazine, Saltscapes, Halifax Magazine, Progress Magazine, and The Coast.


  • Boy With a Problem. Pottersfield Press. Nov 2020, ISBN 9781989725276.
  • Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. Nimbus Publishing, Oct 2014, ISBN 9781771082136.
  • Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada. Nimbus Publishing, Oct 2011, ISBN 9781551098630.
  • Drive-by Saviours. Roseway, Sept 2010, ISBN 9781552663691.
  • 2021 Finalist Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction for Boy With A Problem
  • 2021 Atlantic Books Today Atlantic Journalism Award gold medal winner for best magazine cover
  • 2020 Atlantic Books Today Atlantic Journalism Award gold winner for best magazine cover
  • 2019 Atlantic Books Today Atlantic Journalism Award gold winner for best magazine cover
  • 2019 Received Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant to be Writer in Residence for South Shore Public Libraries
  • 2017 Indian School Road named one of Nova Scotia’s “150 Books of Influence” by Nova Scotia Libraries
  • 2013 Dave Greber Freelance Book Award
  • 2012 Best Atlantic Published Book Award Winner
  • 2012 Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-fiction Finalist
  • 2011 ReLit Prize longlist, novel
  • 2011 Canada Reads Essential Reading Top 40 List, Drive-by Saviours
  • 2008 Atlantic Writing Competition, HR Percy Prize

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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 that 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 with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
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