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.

2024 Richardson peer assessment jury:
Tyler LeBlanc, donalee Moulton, and Gloria Wesley

Not awarded in 2024

Additional Nova Scotia Book Awards categories are administered by the Dartmouth Books Awards. All categories are also listed on the Nova Scotia Book Awards website.

2024 Brimer peer assessment jury:
Ray Fernandes, Jessica Scott Kerrin, and Sarah West

2024 Abraham peer assessment jury:
Michael Goodfellow, Annick MacAskill, and Alison Smith

2024 Raddall peer assessment jury:
K.R. Byggdin, Marilyn Smulders, and Jo Treggiari

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, the Society for the Nova Scotia Book Awards, and the Atlantic Book Awards Society for their partnership in delivering these awards.

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that participants in any given workshop have similar levels of creative writing and / or publication experience. This ensures that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their career stage. The “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions used by WFNS.

  • New writers: those with less than two years’ creative writing experience and/or no short-form publications (e.g., short stories, personal essays, or poems in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with more than two years’ creative writing experience and/or numerous short-form publications.
  • Early-career authors: those with 1 or 2 book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short-form publications.
  • Established authors: those with 3 or 4 book-length publications.
  • Professional authors: those with 5 or more book-length publications.

Please keep in mind that each form of creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults) provides you with a unique set of experiences and skills, so you might consider yourself an ‘established author’ in one form but a ‘new writer’ in another.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed closely.

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