This year, the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia joins with the Atlantic Book Awards Society in celebrating and promoting Atlantic Canadian writing. The three awards administered and managed by the WFNS will be given at this year's Atlantic Book Awards Gala. 

Those awards comprise:

- The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, valued at $25,000 for the winning book;
- The JM Abraham Poetry Award, valued at $2,000 for the winning book; and  
- The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, valued at $2,000 for the winning book.  

The 2019 Atlantic Book Awards & Festival takes place May 30 to June 6 with shortlisted authors and illustrators featured in events throughout the Atlantic Provinces. The festival culminates on Thursday, June 6 in the awards gala at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's, NL. The recipients of 13 different book awards (and The Pioneer Award) will be revealed at this special celebration. 

The number of titles submitted each year for the WFNS's three awards are a testament to the diversity and quality of writing from all four Atlantic provinces. And although jurors have the unenviable task of selecting one winner for each award, each year's shortlists introduce local, national, and international readers to a tremendous body of work and the vibrant culture of the region.    

Eligible titles are adjudicated by an independent jury recruited and facilitated by WFNS. Submissions are evaluated for their originality, creativity, and quality of writing. 

 Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award 




  • Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief  by Kate Inglis (Shambhala Publications)
  • No Place to Go:  How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs by Lezlie Lowe (Coach House Books)
  • Following the River:  Traces of Red River Women by Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.)

JM Abraham Poetry Award 


  • Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots by Basma Kavanagh (Frontenac House)
  • No Meeting Without Body by Annick MacAskill (Gaspereau Press)
  • This Kind of Thinking Does No Good by Alison Smith (Gaspereau Press)

Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award 



  • The Boat People by Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Hysteria by Elisabeth de Mariaffi (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Something for Everyone by Lisa Moore (House of Anansi Press)