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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2015 WANL-Winterest Emerging Writers' Workshop 

Emerging writers are invited to take part in an intense, inspirational learning opportunity this August.

Winterset in Summer Literary Festival, in partnership with the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL), invites applications from individuals interested in participating in a full-day Emerging Writers' Workshop on August 6, 2015 in Eastport

The workshop is free of charge for those writers selected to participate by WANL’s adjudicator. It will consist of two sessions:

Morning Role Call: Developing Character by Detail”, and “P.I.P.P. in the Afternoon: Passion, Inspiration, Practicality and Perseverance.”

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from two award-winning Canadian writers:  

Richard Gwyn, columnist and author including the highly praised biographies of Pierre Trudeau and Joey Smallwood, and founder of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival. His biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, The Man Who Made Us, won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction in 2008. 

Cassie Stocks, author of Dance, Gladys, Dance and Winner of the 2013 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour Writing. 

The workshop is supported through Winterset’s Outreach program, which encourages the development of emerging writers in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

To learn more about Winterset in Summer, visit www.wintersetinsummer.ca/ .


Who can apply to attend the workshop?

The workshop is for emerging writers currently residing in Newfoundland and Labrador. “Emerging writer” for the purpose of this workshop is defined as someone who has published few or no professionally published books. Applicants may have authored articles, essays, poems or short stories published in print or online, but this is not a requirement.

When and where is the workshop being held?

The one-day workshop is Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 9 AM to 4 PM. It will be held in Happy Adventure on the Eastport Peninsula, and occur as part of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival. The festival will offer emerging writers the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of our country’s finest authors.
What is included?

The one-day workshop is free of charge to selected participants. Lunch and snacks will be included; however, travel and accommodations are the responsibility of those selected to attend.

A travel and accommodation subsidy of $50 is available from WANL upon request.

All participants will receive a free ticket to the New Voices Panel on Saturday afternoon at 2:30; this panel focuses on new writers and their challenges and successes in becoming published.

How do I apply?

Space is limited. Interested writers must complete an application form and provide a short statement (250 words or less) on why they would benefit and what they hope to gain from the workshop.  

Deadline: June 1, 2015 (Successful applicants will be notified in mid-June.)

Full details and application form, click here.




NOW OPEN The 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) in partnership with the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is calling for submissions to one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers.

The Award, generously sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, is intended to serve as an incentive for emerging writers in the province by providing them with financial support, recognition, and professional editing services for a book-length manuscript in any genre.

The winning author will receive: a cash prize of $5,000; $1,000 towards professional editing services; and a miniature replica of “Man Nailed to a Fish” by sculptor Jim Maunder.

The runners-up will each receive $1,000.

Click here for more details.



Come From Away Reading Series: Eden Robinson


Internationally acclaimed author Eden Robinson (Monkey Beach)



will be reading in:

North West River, Labrador
March 22 - 24 (details to come)

Grenfell Arts and Science Extension Atrium, Corner Brook
Thursday, March 26, 8 PM

Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John's
Friday, March 27, 8 PM



NOW OPEN The 3rd Annual WANL Postcard Story Contest

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Broken Books and the Newfoundland Quarterly, is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished stories of 250 words or less that include the word ‘broken.’ This year’s judges are author/actor Greg Malone, and Angela Antle, host of CBC Radio’s ‘WAM.’


• The contest is open to all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador over the age of nineteen (19).
• Stories (fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction) must be in English.
•  Word count must be a maximum of 250 and must include the word “broken”.
• Stories must be unpublished (in print or online) and not currently submitted to any other contest or publication.
• Entries must be typed, double-spaced in 12pt font.
• Only one submission per participant.
• Blind judging: do not indicate your name on the story itself. Instead, provide the following information on a cover page, or in the body of an e-mail: author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, story title, and word count.
Deadline: April 24, 2015 e-mail date or postmarked





Postcard Story Contest
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
Haymarket Square
208-223 Duckworth Street
St. John’s NL A1C 6N1


-Use the subject line “Postcard Story Contest”.
-Provide contact information and title of story in the body of the e-mail.
-Attach story as a Word or PDF document.
-Send to wanlcontest@gmail.com



Winner: $250 & publication of story in the Newfoundland Quarterly (Summer 2015 issue)
Runners-up: $50 Broken Books Gift Certificate & publication in the Newfoundland Quarterly (Summer 2015 issue)


Finalists may be requested to engage in an editing process with TNQ editor prior to publication. The contest winner and runners-up will be announced at an event in mid-June.


WANL, Broken Books, and TNQ staff, contract employees, and board members and are not eligible. TNQ takes first serial rights of winning entries only for print. All other rights remain with the author.

For further information, contact the Writers’ Alliance: 709.739.5215, wanlassist@nf.aibn.com.





The WANL Quarterly face-lift celebration & Readings by 2014 WANL Emerging Writers Apprentices


The New WORD


Come check out the newly redesigned WANL Quarterly in person! We are very proud of the new WORD and can't think of a better reason than that to have a get-together...


The 2014 WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program


...And since last year, we didn't have an opportunity to formally congratulate those who were selected for the 2014 WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program, we thought you'd probably love to hear readings by the 2014 Mentorship Program Apprentices!

Glenn Deir (mentored by Ed Riche)
Matthew Lewis (mentored by Paul Bowdring)
Niquae McIntosh (mentored by Shoshanna Wingate)
Heather Paul (mentored by Annamarie Beckel)

So, come on down and get a glimpse and feel of the newly redesigned WANL Quarterly and stay to hear some wonderfully-crafted words and insightful thoughts, from last year's Apprentices and Mentors about the WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program.

Hey, you might even win a raffle prize!

When: Sunday, March 1, 8 PM - 9:30 PM
Where: The Ship, Duckworth St



WANL Seeking EOI for Manuscript Evaluators


The Writers’ Alliance is pleased to announce it will again be offering a Manuscript Evaluation Service to members. The program is designed for writers at all levels who are interested in having their manuscript evaluated by a professional, established writer. All genres of writing, and manuscripts of any length, are welcome. The service is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Alliance is updating its pool of qualified evaluators and is seeking applications from interested individuals.  Evaluators are expected to provide specific comments on content, writing technique, steps to take to develop the manuscript, and responses to three questions submitted by the author. Applicants must be members of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Preference will be given to those individuals with the following:

a. experience with professional editing and manuscript evaluation
b. experience with adjudicating writing competitions and contests
c. book and/or magazine publications
d. review publications

Please submit a CV, including those genres you are interested in evaluating, to:

Alison Dyer, Executive Director
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
208-223 Duckworth Street, Haymarket Square
St. John’s, NL A1C 6N1


Or submit by e-mail to: wanl@nf.aibn.com

WANL gratefully acknowledges: the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Department of Business, Innovation, Tourism, Culture, and Rural Development; and the City of St. John’s for their support of WANL’s essential programs and services for writers and the literary sector.



2015 WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program deadline has been extended to January 26!

Click here to apply.



CLOSED  2015 Spring Tides Reading Series Call for Expressions of Interest


Spring Tides is an annual reading series held between March and June that showcases new and established writers. The series presents four to five readings – usually two in St. John’s and two to three elsewhere in the province – each featuring two writers. Each featured writer reads for approximately 20 minutes and participates in a brief Q & A following the reading. WANL provides an honorarium of $125 to each reader.

WANL seeks expressions of interest (EOI) from writers who would like to participate in this series during 2015. Preference will be given to writers who have a recently published book. (Please note: Submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee you a reading spot in this series.)



1) Participation in this series is open only to WANL members in good standing. If you are not a current WANL member or your membership has lapsed, you may join or renew at the time you submit an EOI.

2) Writers who read in this series in 2014 are not eligible.

Submissions Guidelines

Expressions of interest must include:

1) Mailing address, telephone and email;
2) An up-to-date list of publications and readings;
3) The month(s) between March and June 2015 that you are available to read.

Submissions that do not contain ALL of the requested information will be deemed ineligible.


EOIs should be submitted to the attention of the Readings Committee at:

Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
223 Duckworth Street, Suite 208
St. John’s, NL, A1C 6N1
E-mail: wanl@nf.aibn.com


Readers will be chosen and confirmed in late February 2015.

Submissions Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015 (postmark date)



Spring Tides Reading Series Call For Local Volunteer Organizers


The WANLReadings Committee is interested in hearing from WANL members who would like to act as local organizers for a Spring Tides Reading in their community.

Expressing interest does not guarantee that a reading will be held in your community, but it will help the committee to get a sense of where there might be support for an event.

Interested volunteer organizers should contact wanlassist@nf.aibn.com by Friday, January 23, 2015.



  2014 Heritage and History Book Awards and WANL Holiday Party

WANL will be hosting the 2014 Heritage & History Book Awards at their annual Holiday party.

There will be brief readings by the shortlisted authors followed by an awards presentation to the winners for Fiction and Children's/Young Adult literature.


Congratulations to the Shortlist!



The Strangers' Gallery, Paul Bowdring (Nimbus Publishing)
Finton Moon, Gerard Collins (Creative Books)
Say Nothing Saw Wood, Joel Thomas Hynes (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides)

Children’s/YA Literature

Saltwater Joys, Wayne Chaulk (Flanker Press). Illustration, Dawn Baker
The Wonderful Dogfish Racket, Tom Dawe (Flanker Press). Illustration, C. Anne MacLeod
Almost Home: The Sinking of the SS Caribou, Jennifer Morgan (Breakwater Books)

The awards will precede the WANL holiday party.

All are welcome. Admission is free.

When: Tuesday, December 9, 7 PM
The Ship Pub


The 2014 Heritage and History Book Awards are sponsored by the Historic Sites Association and co-presented with WANL. The 2014 Heritage & History Book Awards Ceremony will take place at the WANL annual Holiday party.

The Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, or HSA, is a volunteer, non-profit organization with a mandate to present the province’s history and heritage.

In 2004 the HSA established a two-part award for excellence in the use of Newfoundland and Labrador history in the creation of a writer’s work. The HSA is proud to support the work of writers in this province through the Heritage and History award.



Our Member's Directory page is now live!


On our Member's Directory page you will be able to include

(1) a small jpeg photo
(2) a 300-word bio
(3) your name
(4) location (city/town)

If you are interested, please respond to wanlassist@nf.aibn.com with the above information.


Once your information is received, it will be placed on the Member's Directory page and you will subsequently be sent a password
and log in instructions with details on how to access and edit your information.

Once you have received your member-specific password and log-in instructions, you will be able to log in to change the password
to something easier to remember and change your username.

Should any new information arise, such as new e-mail address, location, etc, you will be able to access your information to update it as need be.

For those of you who have already submitted information, please look out for an e-mail with log in details and instructions sent to your inbox next week.


CLOSED 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards



Call for Submissions

The Newfoundland & Labrador Book Awards honour excellence in writing. These juried awards cover a two-calendar-year publishing period, with pairings of Fiction and Children’s/Young Adult Literature awarded in even years, and Poetry and Nonfiction awarded in alternate years. Winners are announced in the spring. The winners receive a cash prize of $1,500; each runners-up receive $500. The E.J. Pratt Poetry Award and the Nonfiction Award will be given in 2015.



1. The awards are open only to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2. To meet the residency requirements, the author must have lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 36 months of the last 5 years. The residency period for the 2015 awards is the five calendar years 2010-2014.

Click here for details on How to Apply.



CLOSED 2015 WANL Emerging Writers Mentorship Program


Call for Applications              

The Writers’ Alliance invites applications from individuals interested in the 2015 Emerging Writers Mentorship Program. Applicants to both the mentor and apprentice positions are being sought. The apprentice position is designed for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing. The mentor position is designed for writers with a history of publication and a commitment to the craft of writing. Each apprentice will be matched with a mentor to work on a one-to-one basis over an intensive five-month period beginning in March 2015, pending funding.


Who can apply as an apprentice?

WANL members in good standing with a substantial work-in-progress in any genre;
Individuals prepared for a disciplined, focused period of work during which writing is a priority;
Individuals who did not participate in this program in 2014.

Who can apply as a mentor?

WANL members in good standing who are working in any genre;
Individuals who have a significant publication history and some mentorship or teaching experience;
Individuals who did not participate in this program in 2014.

Mentors are expected to contribute 25 hours to in-person conferencing (where possible) and 25 hours to reading/prep work, or some combination thereof, to this program. Remuneration will be $2,000, funding pending, to be paid in two instalments: half at the commencement of the mentorship; half at its completion. The program is provided at no cost to apprentices.

Click here for details on How to Apply.




On October 26, WANL held its AGM, electing the following Board of Directors:

President: Denise Flint
VP: Chad Pelley
Secretary: Paul Whittle
Treasurer: Emily Deming

Member at Large: Lynette Adams
Member at Large: William Pryce-Phillips
Member at large: Andrew Bragg
Avalon Rep: Glenn Deir
Avalon Rep: Michelle Porter
Wester Rep: Robin Durnford
Central Rep: Philip Patey
Youth Liaison: Aley Waterman

WANL also proudly presented two awards. The Lifetime Membership Award was presented to Anne Hart for her outstanding contribution to the literature of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Annamarie Beckel received the Volunteer of the Year Award.



WANL received the Best of St. John's 2014 Award for Best Opportunity for Emerging Writers for our Mentorship Program!


If you would like more information on how to qualify for the WANL Mentorship Program, please see Mentorship Program.