Announcing the 2017 NLCU Fresh Fish Award

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(July 4, 2017 – St. John’s, NL) The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (LAFNL) are pleased to announce the call for submissions for one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers.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.

​”We are proud to continue to support emerging talent in our writing community through the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award,” says Allison Chaytor-Loveys, Chief Executive Officer of NLCU. “We sponsor this award because we think it’s an excellent way to highlight and encourage the strong tradition of literary arts in our province.”

Since the inaugural year of the Fresh Fish Award in 2006, several careers have been launched and 12 manuscripts have been published from among the 21 winning and shortlisted Fresh Fish writers.

The winning author will receive: a cash prize of $5,200; $1,000 towards professional editing services for the winning manuscript; and a miniature replica of Man Nailed to a Fish by sculptor Jim Maunder. The runners-up will each receive $1,200.

“I had no previous literary credentials before winning the NLCU Fresh Fish award.  My very first reading was my Fresh Fish reading. It was life changing,” says Susie Taylor, winner of the 2015 Fresh Fish Award. “Winning Fresh Fish has given me many opportunities; I’ve been asked to read at SPARKS [Literary Festival] and Lawnya Vawnya, worked with editor Susan Rendell, and made connections with other writers. I feel particularly lucky to have had the chance to meet the other finalists Sharon Bala and Eva Crocker. Fresh Fish has given me the confidence to write harder and submit harder. And the money was really great too! Every new writer with an unpublished manuscript should join WANL and submit to Fresh Fish.”

For a full list of eligibility rules and submission guidelines, please click here.

Submission deadline: Hand delivered, mailed, or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Media Contact:
Samantha Fitzpatrick, Member Services Coordinator

Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador