Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador

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Finalists for 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards Announced

WANL is thrilled to announce the finalists for this year's Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. These awards honour excellence in literary works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors. This year the awards recognize exceptional works in the categories of fiction and children's/young adult literature.

The finalists for the Writers' Alliance Fiction Award are:

Strays (Killick Press, 2013) by Ed Kavanagh>
Caught (House of Anansi, 2013) by Lisa Moore>
Whirl Away (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2012) by Russell Wangersky

The finalists for the Bruneau Family Children's/Young Adult Literature Award are:

The Wonderful Dogfish Racket (Pennywell Books, 2013)
by Tom Dawe, with illustrations by C. Anne MacLeod>
Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves (Running the Goat, 2012)
by Andy Jones, with illustrations by Darka Erdelji>
Free Flight (FriesenPress, 2012) by William Pryse-Phillips,
with illustrations by C. Anne MacLeod.

The winners of the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards will be announced on Tuesday, May 27, during an Awards Ceremony at Government House. Readings by finalists of the children's literature award will take place on Saturday, May 24, at the Rocket Room (St. John's) at 1:00 pm. Readings by finalists of the fiction award will take place on Sunday, May 25, at the Ship Pub (St. John's at 7:30 pm. Both of these readings are free and open to the public.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are presented under the distinguished patronage of the Honourable Frank Fagan, CM, ONL, MBA, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the 18th consecutive year for these prestigious provincial book awards, which alternate between fiction and children's/YA literature in even years, and non-fiction and poetry in odd years. The Bruneau Family has sponsored the children's/young adult literature category of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards since 2002. Other supporters of the awards this year include The Telegram and Perfect Day. This generous support helps the Writers' Alliance pay tribute to the essential role our writers play in the vibrant culture of this province. The winner in each category receives a cash prize of $1500, and runners-up each receive $500.

All finalists and winners are selected by an independent panel of judges. Below are exerpts from the judges' comments on the 2014 finalists:

Strays by Ed Kavanagh>...is a collection of ten short stories....Kavanagh's characters inhabit the marginal edges of Newfoundland communities past and present....Kavanagh's prose is beautiful and lucid without calling undue attention to itself; he writes with a clarity that lets character and setting shine through the words.

Caught by Lisa Moore>...opens with David Slaney's prison break...[and and trek that] takes him across Canada and down the Pacific Coast to Columbia--always one step ahead of Patterson, the police detective determined to put Slaney back behind bars....The narrative alternates between these quick, clever and insightful. Her descriptions are spot on.

Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky...opens with a rusty bolt let loose from the bed of a pick-up truck, hurtling towards the driver's head as the truck crashes nose-first into an embankment. An apt opening to a collection in which sharp and telling detail cracks open every story and illuminates its depths.

The Wonderful Dogfish Racket by Tom Dawe...A master poet, in The Wonderful Dogfish Racket, Tom Dawes' lyrical, whimsical genius is in full display...Although rooted in a historical event, the message of community and self-empowerment is timeless and global. This book is a winning blend of history and poetic excellence and will be receited for generations to come.

Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves by Andy Jones...The bardic, original voice of Andy Jones in another of his word perfect Jack tales gives us a world away from now, a world that celebrates Newfoundland's sailing history, song and the art of storytelling itself...In the Land of Thieves [is] a wook that does what classics do--appeals to an audience of young and old alike.

Free Flight by William Pryse-Phillips...Charming, funny, whimsical, and with a proverbial wink at parents and the raising of offspring...Pryse-Phillips created an original, enchanging picture book where ultimately we are shown that freedom is as exciting as the safety of home is reassuring.

Tickets for Winterset in Summer

Tickets are now on sale for the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival, taking place August 7-10, 2014, in Eastport. The full schedule can be found at https://www.wintersetinsummer.ca and tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-904-5049.

Postcard Story Contest Blasts Off!

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with The Rocket Bakery and The Newfoundland Quarterly, is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished stories of 250 words or less that include the word ‘rocket.’ This year’s judges are author Lisa Moore, acclaimed author of Caught, and February, and Ted Blades, well-known journalist and host of CBC Radio’s ‘On the Go.’

The Rules

• 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 maximum 250 and should include the word “rocket”.
• Stories must be unpublished (in print or online) and not currently submitted to any other publication or contest.
• 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 25, 2014 e-mail date or postmarked

Submission Guidelines


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 plus a $100 Rocket Bakery Gift Certificate

Winner and two runners-up: publication in the 2014 Summer Issue of The Newfoundland Quarterly. Finalists may be requested to engage in a collaborative editing process with TNQ editor prior to publication.

The contest winner and runners-up will be announced at an event in mid-June.


WANL, Rocket Bakery, 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 at 739-5215, wanlassist@nf.aibn.com.

Download the Postcard Story Contest Poster.

17 April, 2014

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The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador gratefully acknowledges the financial support of
the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the City of St. John's.