East Coast Literary Awards

The East Coast Literary Awards (ECLAs) were a promotional program and free reading series that strove to highlight the best Atlantic Canadian work in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

The ECLA program centered on three annual literary awards stewarded and administered by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia: the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, the J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award (known prior to 2014 as the Atlantic Poetry Award), and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

Eligible titles for the ECLAs were the works of writers who lived full-time in Atlantic Canada. This residency requirement ensured that eligible authors were able to engage in our region’s cultural life and creative economy. Shortlists and winners for each award were determined through a peer assessment process, conducted by professional writers selected from throughout the Atlantic region.

Beginning in 2017, the celebration of the Richardson, Abraham, and Raddall awards was merged with the Atlantic Book Awards.

“An arts program that hopes to serve and promote a writing community… can only do so through the support of that community.”
     —Carol Bruneau, former WFNS President

Past Reading Series

2016

  • May 31 at Lexicon Books, Lunenburg, NS: Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring Marq de Villiers, Dean Jobb, and Gary L. Saunders)
  • June 1 at Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville, NS: J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award shortlist reading (featuring Phillip Crymble, Sue Goyette, and John Wall Barger)
  • June 2 at Lane’s Privateer Inn, Liverpool, NS: Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring Elisabeth de Mariaffi, R.W. Gray, and Mark Anthony Jarman)
  • June 4 at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS: Announcement of the award winners at the East Coast Literary Awards Celebration
ECLA Celebration 2016

2015

ECLA Celebration 2015
  • June 3 at Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville, NS: Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring Heather Sparling, Graham Steele, and Kaleigh Trace)
  • June 4 at Lexicon Books, Lunenburg, NS: J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award shortlist reading (featuring Brian Bartlett, Sylvia D. Hamilton, and Susan Paddon)
  • June 4 at Lane’s Privateer Inn, Liverpool, NS: Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring David Adams Richards, Michael Crummey, and Darren Greer)
  • June 6 at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS: Announcement of the award winners at the East Coast Literary Awards Celebration

2014

  • September 16 at University of King’s College, Halifax, NS: Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring John DeMont, Richard Foot, and Stephen Kimber)
  • September 19 at Alderney Gate Library, Dartmouth, NS: first Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring Shashi Bhat, Ed Kavanagh, William Kowalski)
  • September 19 at Lane’s Privateer Inn, Liverpool, NS: second Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring Shashi Bhat, Ed Kavanagh, William Kowalski)
  • September 19 at The Nook on Gottingen, Halifax, NS: J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award shortlist reading (featuring Mary Dalton and Alice Burdick reading on behalf of Don Domanski)
  • September 20 at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS: Announcement of the award winners at the East Coast Literary Awards Celebration

Prior to 2014, the ECLAs were known as the WFNS Literary Awards.

WFNS Literary Awards logo

2013

  • September 20 in Mahone Bay, NS: Atlantic Poetry Prize shortlist reading (featuring Carole Langille and George Murray)
  • September 20 in Wolfville, NS: Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring Jerry Lockett and Herb MacDonald)
  • September 20 in Liverpool, NS: Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring Keir Lowther, Donna Morrissey, and Russell Wangersky)
  • September 21 in Halifax, NS: Readings by authors shortlisted for all three awards (featuring Lesley Choyce, Steven Laffoley, Carole Langille, Keir Lowther, Herb MacDonald, Donna Morrissey, George Murray, and Russell Wangersky)
  • September 21 in Halifax NS: Announcement of the award winners at the WFNS Literary Awards Ceremony & Celebration

2012

  • July 28 in Wolfville, NS: Atlantic Poetry Prize shortlist readings (featuring Sue Goyette, Warren Heiti, and Anne Simpson)
  • August 11 in Shelburne, NS: Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award shortlist reading (featuring Chris Benjamin, Harry Thurston, and Ray McLeod)
  • October 11 in Liverpool, NS: Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award shortlist readings (featuring David Adams RichardsValerie Compton, and Heather Jessup)
  • October 12 in Halifax, NS: Announcement of the award winners at the WFNS Literary Awards Ceremony & Celebration

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