The annual Nova Writes Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts honours short-form works by unpublished Nova Scotia writers. Entry is open to all Nova Scotia residents who are unpublished in their category of entry. Five categories comprise the competition:
- Budge Wilson Short Fiction Prize ($250 prize)
- Rita Joe Poetry Prize ($250 prize)
- H.R. (Bill) Percy Short Creative Non-Fiction Prize ($250 prize)
- Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children & Young Adult Prize ($250 prize)
- Le prix Félix Thibodeau de la forme courte (prix: 250$)
Prize winners are announced and invited to read at the Celebration of Emerging Writers in the spring following each competition period. The 2020 competition will accept entries from November 1, 2019, to January 3, 2020.
The Atlantic Book Awards celebrate and promote excellence in writing from Atlantic Canada. The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) administers and acts as steward for four of these literary awards:
- Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award ($25,000 prize)
- J.M. Abraham Poetry Award ($2,000 prize)
- Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award ($2,000 prize)
- Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature ($2,000 prize)
Prize winners are announced at the Atlantic Book Awards gala in the spring following each adjudication period. The number of titles submitted each year is a testament to the diversity and quality of writing from all four Atlantic provinces. 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. The WFNS will accept entries for the 2020 awards until November 1, 2019.