Programs & Awards

The Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program supports writers who are on the cusp of professional publication and who are committed to their writing and creative development. It is a disciplined, focused, and supportive one-on-one apprenticeship program through which writers expand and hone their craft. More details >>

In collaboration with the Atlantic Book Awards Society, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia administers and stewards five Atlantic Book Awards that celebrate and promote excellence in Nova Scotian poetry and non-fiction as well as Atlantic Canadian poetry, fiction, and YA & children’s literature. More details >>

Our members-only Manuscript Review Program connects writers with reviewers, who can provide advice and guidance on writers’ completed manuscripts. More details >>

Our annual Nova Writes Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts honours short-form works by Nova Scotia writers. Entry is open to all Nova Scotia residents who are unpublished in their categories of entry, which include poetry, fiction, non-fiction, YA & children’s literature, and writing in French. More details >>

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is our most public educational outreach program: we invest more than one quarter of our resources and much of our organizational energies in bringing professional writers into Nova Scotia schools. More details >>

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