Submitted by Annick on
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 1:13pm
 
Halifax, NS – The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is pleased to announce the winners and the shortlists for this year's Atlantic Writing Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts. These entries were chosen from over 70 submissions from all four Atlantic provinces. 

HR (BILL) PERCY ADULT NOVEL PRIZE
WINNER: Anne Bishop, Blessed are the Poor
Shortlist: 
Liz Graham, Lord of Misrule 
Andrea Doukas, Before the Monsoon 

POETRY PRIZE
WINNER: Abena Amoako-Tuffour, The Art of Living
Shortlist:
Shane Mountain, Poetry Collection
Carol Moreira, Tracks 
Emily Crompton, The Study
Lucas Wentzell, Monuments

BUDGE WILSON SHORT STORY PRIZE
WINNER: Sue Murtagh, Resort Life
Shortlist:
Amanda Peters, Wildflowers
Ethel Belliveau, Go
Claire Shiplett, The Faintest Touch
Susie Taylor, Recognition 

CREATIVE NON-FICTION PRIZE
WINNER: Linda McLean, Dreaming Margaret Atwood
Shortlist:
Dvora Trachtenberg, Perestroika
Benjamin Dugdale, Sandy

JOYCE BARKHOUSE WRITING FOR CHILDREN PRIZE
WINNER: Mary Pike, The Secret Spirits of Edgar Snow 
Shortlist:
Deb MacNeil, Forever Summer
Shawna Morrissey, Mateo's Gift

YOUNG ADULT NOVEL PRIZE
WINNER: Jenni Blackmore, Island of Dead Souls
No shortlist.

The winning authors will read from their manuscripts at The Celebration of Emerging Writers on May 7th. The reading and prize presentation will take place in the at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax at 1:00pm and will be followed by a reading of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program graduates. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating these emerging voices in Atlantic Canadian writing. 

ABOUT: The Atlantic Writing Competition (AWC) was established in 1975 under the auspices of the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Authors' Association and has been administered by the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia since 1976. Emerging writers throughout Atlantic Canada may submit work in six categories: creative non-fiction, novel, poetry, short story, writing for children, and young adult novel. All entrants receive written comments on their manuscripts. Manuscripts are evaluated for their originality, creativity, and quality of writing, and comments may appraise a wide range of literary techniques as well as matters such as structure and plot. The deadline for the 2017 competition will be announced in the coming months.

Established in 1976, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia works to provide advice and assistance to writers at all stages of their careers; to encourage greater public recognition of writers and their achievements; and to enhance the literary arts in our regional and national culture. More information about WFNS and its programs is available at www.writers.ns.ca.  
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