One prize ($500) is awarded every two years for a book of poetry that was written by a full-time resident of Nova Scotia and published or distributed for the first time in Canada in the two years prior to the submission deadline.
The Nova Scotia Poetry Award was established in 2020 through the efforts of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and poets and readers from across the province, who raised funds to biennially honour the best book of poetry by a Nova Scotia writer. Read coverage of the award’s inception and fundraising efforts in Halifax Magazine, featuring interviews with the WFNS’s Past President Matt Robinson and Programming and Membership Officer Annick MacAskill.
Submissions for the inaugural 2021 award are now open. The WFNS will be considering submissions of books published between November 2, 2018 and November 1, 2020.