Updated Thursday, April 23, 2020
This year, we received more than 80 entries of unpublished manuscripts for Nova Writes Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts in the categories of short fiction, short creative non-fiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults. The competition is by blind entry, meaning that readers and judges do not know the identities of entrants.
The beauty of this competition is the feedback given to entrants. A big thank you goes to our anonymous readers for the carefully considered feedback offered to each entrant and to the four judges, Elaine McCluskey, Evelyn White, Jenni Blackmore, and Genevieve Lehr. Thank you also to Annick MacAskill, WFNS Programming and Membership Officer, for coordinating the competition.
Without further ado, here are the shortlists and winners for the 2020 edition of Nova Writes.
Budge Wilson Short Fiction Prize:
- Nataliya Bukhanova, “The Lucky Guys”
- Robert de la Chevotiere, “Mou-Mou”
- Brad Donaldson, “Sinking”
- Francene Gillis, “True Colours”
- Jenny MacDougall, “The Guests at the Party”
- Sydney Robichaud, “My Mother’s Hands”
- James Whidden, “Marsden Hartley”
Judge: Elaine McCluskey
H.R. (Bill) Percy Short Creative Non-Fiction Prize:
- Mary Dodd, “Quarry”
- Beth Ann Knowles, “The Hwagae Bath House”
- Nanci Lee, “The Primacy of the Individual”
- Leonard Brent MacDonald, “The Door”
- Dvora Trachtenberg, “My Mother Never Had a Wedding”
Joyce Barkhouse Young Adult Fiction Prize:
- Emily Dodge, “Daughters of Morrigan”
- JC Farquahar, “The Party Loop”
- Jaime Horbul, “First Days of Summer”
Rita Joe Poetry Prize:
- Cathy Jacob, “Evening Prayer”
- donalee Moulton, “In Tact”
- Margarate Schwartz, “Trial by Moon”
- Pat Thomas, “Raven Spirit”
The winner of the Rita Joe Poetry Prize is Cathy Jacob for "Evening Prayer."
Judge's citation: “[These] poems are sincere, well-crafted, and reflect a depth of engagement with language. I was particularly moved by the poem “How wonderful” with its intimate and moving portrait of the loss of a loved one. The images are stunning, and I felt the poem speaking to me on a personal level, drawing me in with its quiet, dignified poignancy. Nothing gimmicky here. The image of the person "leaning skeletal on a stiff walker/in stained pants and the drooping white flag/of an untucked shirt;" is simply gorgeous.”
Judge: Genevieve Lehr