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Friday, September 27, 2013 - 2:41pm

At a breezy prize-giving event at the Halifax Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2013, the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) revealed the winners of the 36th Atlantic Writing Competition (AWC). These prize winners were selected from over 100 entries and were judged by WFNS members and past AWC-winners who have achieved significant professional success. Judges this year were Marjorie Simmins, Lesley Crewe, Gary Blackwood, Susan McMaster, Keir Lowther, Don Aker, and Daphne Greer.

WFNS recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage for the AWC program. We are pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians. Also, WFNS is grateful to the Canadian Society for Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) for their sponsorship of the Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children and Young Adult Novel Prizes in the form of a Blue Pencil Mentorship package for the winning entries of those categories.

Congratulations to all who entered the competition this year. The winners are as follows:

The Creative Non-Fiction Prize
Judge: Marjorie Simmins
Winner: “Mine Said Wednesday” by Gillian Osmond (Lunenburg, NS)

The H.R. (Bill) Percy Novel Prize
Judge: Lesley Crewe
Winner: “Enough” by Marina Harris (Indian Harbour, NS) 

Unproduced Play Prize
Judge: Gary Blackwood
Winner: “Science Inaction: a love story” by Griffin McInnes (Halifax, NS)

The Poetry Prize
Judge: Susan McMaster
Winner: “I Wait in the Next Room” by Ryan Marshall (Noonan, NB)

The Budge Wilson Short Story Prize
Judge: Keir Lowther
Winner: “Joey Moulton” by Steven Naylor (Halifax, NS)

The Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children Prize
Judge: Don Aker
Winner: “Secrets: A Strange Tale” by Georgia S. Atkin (Halifax, NS)

The Young Adult Novel Prize
Judge: Daphne Greer
Winner: “The General Store” by Lori McKay (Dartmouth, NS)