WANL: Calls for submissions

Awards, contests, and calls for submissions

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2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards - Call for Submissions

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are biennial, covering a two-calendar-year publishing period; the pairings are Childrenís/Young Adult Literature and Fiction in one year, and Poetry and Non-fiction the next year. Awards are presented in the spring. The two winners each receive a cash prize of $1,500 and runners-up receive $500 each.

Awards for Poetry and for Non-Fiction will be given in 2013.

Submission guidelines

Residency requirements

  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 2013 awards is the five calendar years 2008-2012.
Eligible works:

  1. The 2013 awards for Poetry and Non-Fiction are for books published between January 1st, 2011, and December 31, 2012.
  2. Books must be single-authored.
  3. Anthologies and audio books are not eligible.
  4. Books that have been translated are eligible. However, in the case of a translated book, the award is to go exclusively to the author.
  5. Books that have been taken from dictation are also eligible, but, again, only the prime creator of the work will be given the award.
  6. Books that contain other media in addition to writing (photos, CDs, graphics, etc. by the writer or other artists) are eligible as long as there is only one writer. The award will be given only to the writer of the book's text and only for the writing.
  7. Self-published and "vanity" published books are eligible as long as they are professionally produced, i.e., printed by a quality company.
  8. Members of the Literary Awards Committee are not eligible.
  9. Revised editions will be considered when the following conditions are met:
    • The book has not been previously submitted to The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards; and
    • In the opinion of the Literary Awards Committee, the book contains new material to the extent that it is not merely a re-issue of a previous publication.
How to submit:

To submit, send 4 non-returnable copies of each book, along with a signed letter stating the category entered and confirming that all outlined requirements have been met, to:

Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards
Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
Haymarket Square, 202-223 Duckworth Street
St. Johns, NL, A1C 6N1

NOTE: for Poetry and Non-Fiction books published between December 3, 2012 and December 31, 2012, please submit a letter to the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards, postmarked no later than December 3, 2012, stating the publication date of the book along with the date by which you will be able to send 4 non-returnable copies to the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards Committee.

Submissions deadline: Postmarked no later than Monday, December 3, 2012.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are presented by the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and by the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador under the distinguished patronage of The Honourable John C. Crosbie, PC, OC, ONL, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

WANL's Spring Tides Reading Series - call for expressions of interest

Spring Tides is an annual reading series held between March and June (inclusively), that showcases new and established writers. The series presents four to five readings - two in St. Johnís and two to three readings elsewhere in the province - featuring two writers each. 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 2011. 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 2010 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 dates;
3) The month(s) between March 2011 and June 2011 (inclusive) 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:

Writersí Alliance
223 Duckworth Street, Suite 202
St. Johnís, NL, A1C 6N1
Email: wanlassist@nf.aibn.com
Fax: (709) 739-5931

Readers will be chosen and confirmed by mid-February 2011.

Submissions deadline: Postmarked no later than Monday, January 17, 2011.

Spring Tides Reading Series Call For Local Volunteer Organizers

The WANL Readings Committee is also interested in hearing from WANL members who would like to act as local organizers for a Spring Tides Reading in their community. Expressing interest in this regard 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 Danielle at wanlassist@nf.aibn.com by Monday, January 17, 2011.

DISCLAIMER: It is the sole responsibility of the user to verify the accuracy and authenticity of any contests, awards, submission calls or any other such posting found on this page. The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador does not claim any responsibility for falsified, misleading or inaccurate postings.
Other literary contests:

Provincial Arts & Letters Awards

CanLit Contests

Canadian Authors' Association contest

The Writers' Union of Canada contests

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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.