Submitted by Annick on
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 3:19pm

Halifax, NS – The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) announced the winners of the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The winners of the three awards are:

  • R.W. Gray (NB) won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award ($25,000 prize) for Entropic (NeWest Press).
  • Sue Goyette (NS) won the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award ($2,000 prize) for The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl (Gaspereau Press). 
  • Gary L. Saunders (NS) won the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award ($2,000 prize) for My Life with Trees (Gaspereau Press). 

Peer assessment juries, made up of representatives from Atlantic Canada’s professional writing community, reviewed a total of 68 eligible books published in 2015 by writers who choose to live and work in the region. The resulting shortlists, announced in early May, are a sample of the quality and diversity of writing in non-fiction, poetry, and fiction by Atlantic Canadian writers.
The East Coast Literary Awards program is a celebration not only of the shortlisted writers and publishers, but also of all who invested time and resources in submitting entries to the awards. “An arts program that hopes to serve and promote a writing community such as ours,” said WFNS President, Carol Bruneau, “can only do so through the support of that community.”

Shortlisted nominees for each Award also included: 
Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award: Dean Jobb (NS), Empire of Deception (HarperCollins) and Marq de Villiers (NS), Back to the Well (Goose Lane).
J. M. Abraham Poetry Award: Phillip Crymble (NB), Not Even Laughter (Salmon Poetry) and John Wall Barger (NS), The Book of Festus (Palimpsest Press).
Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award: Mark Anthony Jarman (NB), Knife Party at the Hotel Europa (Goose Lane) and Elisabeth de Mariaffi (NL), The Devil You Know (HarperCollins).

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  


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