Book Awards

Book Awards administered by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) celebrate and promote excellence in writing from Nova Scotia and from Atlantic Canada. The number of titles submitted each year is a testament to the diversity and quality of writing from our region.

Although jurors have the unenviable task of selecting one winner for each award, each year’s shortlists introduce local, national, and international readers to a tremendous body of work and the vibrant culture of the region. WFNS administers and acts as steward for two Nova Scotia Book Awards and three Atlantic Book Awards.

Nova Scotia Book Awards

2023 jury:
Denise Flint, Rebecca Rose, Wanda Taylor

2023 jury:
Lucas Crawford, Deirdre Dwyer, Asha Jeffers

Additional Nova Scotia Book Awards categories are administered by the Dartmouth Books Awards.

Atlantic Book Awards

2023 jury:
Chad Lucas, Natalie Sampson, Jessica Scott Kerrin

2023 jury:
Alice Burdick, Triny Finlay, Matt Robinson

2023 jury:
Michelle Butler Hallett, Jacqui Dumas, Joyline Makani

Additional Atlantic Book Awards categories are are administered by the Atlantic Book Awards Society, the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, the Atlantic Publishers Representatives, and others. These non-WFNS categories are listed on the Atlantic Books Awards Society website.


The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia thanks the Dartmouth Book Awards and the Atlantic Book Awards Society for their partnership in delivering these book awards.

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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