Nova Writes, the WFNS’s competition for unpublished manuscripts, is thriving, with 45 per cent more entries than last year. All of our readers and judges remarked on the high quality of entries this year.
We rely on the expertise of our members to provide meaningful feedback to our entrants who are judged blind. Thank you for the care and commitment provided by this year’s 13 readers and four judges. A big thank you also to Annick MacAskill, the WFNS’s programming and membership officer, for organizing the competition. It’s a massive job.
And now, without further ado, here are the shortlisted writers and winners in the various categories. Winners are indicated in bold.
Joyce Barkhouse Award
Recognizing excellence in the category of writing for children.
- Karen Kelloway - winner for "Keepers of the Pact"
- Jill Martin
- Anne Odell
Budge Wilson Short Fiction Prize
Recognizing excellence in the category of short fiction.
- KR Byggdin
- Brad Donaldson
- Susan Drain - winner for "In the Dugout"
- K. Brendan Dunbar
- Bretten Hannam
- Nigel Herritt
- Sarah Pitoello
H. R. (Bill) Percy Short Creative Non-Fiction Prize
Recognizing excellence in the category of creative non-fiction.
- Barbara Cullen
- Mary Dodd
- Joanne Light
- Cynthia Manley
- Joe Muething
- Julie Strong - honorable mention for "I had to steal them"
- Ariel Watson - winner for "Beasts of Myth"
The Rita Joe Poetry Prize
Recognizing excellence in the category of poetry.
- Rachel Edmonds
- Mary Verna Feehan
- Rosalie Osmond
- Cheri Wilson
Congratulations to all the writers on our shortlists and everyone who entered this year’s competition.