WANL Reads Challenge

Up for the Challenge?

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) is pleased to announce WANL Reads, a reading challenge encouraging the public to read and support Newfoundland & Labrador authors. The challenge will run for the months of February and March in recognition of I Love to Read Month (February) and National Reading Month (March).

Newfoundland & Labrador is known for its creativity and artistic talent, and its writers are among the best in the world. WANL Reads is a celebration of the literature published by some of these writers over the past year. There’s something for just about everyone on the WANL Reads book list with genres as diverse as children’s literature, folklore, sci-fi, humour, art, and historical fiction, just to name a few. And the best part? You could win big for reading with WANL Reads!


  1. Choose a book (or books) from our WANL Reads book list.
  2. Post a picture of the book you’re reading on your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, tagging us and using the #WANLReads OR (for everyone who isn’t on social media) email the picture to us at info@wanl.ca. Please ensure your social media posts are public so we can see them.
  3. Caption your post with a few words about the book you’re reading—for example, comments on plot, what you liked about it, etc. Please be sure to include the title and author as well.
  4. Challenge your friends to do the same!

Each individual participant will be eligible to receive one entry per book read up to a maximum of five entries into the prize draw.

Participants must be current residents of Canada.

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM March 31, 2018

Three lucky winners will each receive a fabulous Prize Pack featuring generously donated books, gift certificates, and swag from the following publishers: Rattling Books, Pedlar Press, Running the Goat, Breakwater Books, Flanker Press, Engen Books, and House of Anansi Press. Prize packs valued between $150 and $350. The winners of the Prize Packs will be randomly drawn from all eligible entries.


The Widow’s Fire by Paul Butler
The Last Beothuk by Gary Collins
What Lies Below by Patrick Collins
The Painting by Charis Cotter
Spirited Away by Tom Dawe
Gerald Squires by Stan Dragland

The End of Music by Jamie Fitzpatrick
Too Unspeakable for Words by Rosalind Gill
The Iron Dog by Liz Graham
Joe Loose and Other Bouts by John Carrick Greene
New Found Land by Herb Hopkins
Death at the Harbourview Café by Fred Humber
Grace Ungiven by Jeff Kelland
Supernatural Causes by Amanda Labonté
Jacobi Street by Matthew LeDrew
Most Anything You Please by Trudy Morgan-Cole
Hunter’s Soul by Stacey Oakley
Grandpa Pike’s Outhouse Reader by Grandpa Pike
The Insubstantial Pageant by Kate Story
Uapikun Has A Question by Hugh Whitney & Damien Benuen

Visit our Facebook page to find out more about each book.