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Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award


Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers

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Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) is calling for submissions to one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers.

The Award, generously sponsored by 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 $5,200; $1,000 towards professional editing services for the winning manuscript. The runners-up will each receive $1,200.


  • Writers must be current members of WANL with a completed, unpublished manuscript in any genre. Writers may join WANL at the time of submission.
  • Writers must have lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for the 12 months immediately prior to the call for submissions OR must have lived in Newfoundland and Labrador in any combination of 36 of the last 60 months. Deceased writers are not eligible.
  • Writers are permitted to submit only one entry per year, in any genre.
  • Manuscripts must be single-authored. 
  • Manuscripts must be in English.
  • Manuscripts that contain other media in addition to writing (e.g., photos, CDs, graphics, illustrations) are eligible. However, the award will be given only to the author of the manuscript’s text and only for the writing.
  • Collected or selected works (e.g., poems, short stories) by a single author are eligible provided at least 50% of the text is previously unpublished material.
  • Manuscripts containing material not written by the author (e.g., letters, diaries, memoirs, blogs, oral histories, selected writings) are eligible provided at least 50% of the text is written by the author (e.g., introduction, exposition, commentary, reporting, narrative, footnotes, epilogue).
  • The following are not eligible for the Fresh Fish Award: anthologies with more than one author, audiobooks, textbooks, self-help or how-to books, manuals or guidebooks on any subject (e.g., travel, nature, cookbook), dictionaries, encyclopaedias.
  • Writers with a published book in any genre on any platform or in any media, or a book accepted for publication at the time of submission, are NOT eligible.
  • The Fresh Fish Award will accept a manuscript that has been submitted once before. Entry forms for resubmitted manuscripts must identify the manuscript as such and must indicate the year it was first entered. Manuscripts submitted more than twice will not be accepted.


  • Assessment of all eligible submissions to the Fresh Fish Award will be adjudicated by an independent jury recruited and facilitated by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The independent jury will submit a shortlist of three books and a winning book from that shortlist.  
  • The paramount consideration is excellence in writing. Jurors should reflect on creativity, wordsmithery, and originality.
  • A juror must disclose any conflict of interest. WANL defines conflict of interest in terms of whether a juror stands to gain any financial benefit through association with a submitted manuscript, or if the juror stands to gain from any moral or intellectual rights, or if the juror has a significant personal relationship with the author of a submitted manuscript. If there is a conflict of interest the juror will be asked to step aside.
  • The decisions made by the Fresh Fish Award jury are final. 


  • Each manuscript must be typed in 12 point font and double-spaced. Handwritten manuscripts will NOT be accepted. (Poetry manuscripts do not have to comply with the double-space requirement.)
  • Pages must be numbered. The title should appear on every page.
  • All Fresh Fish submissions must be anonymous — Please do not include your name anywhere in your submission.
  • Entries that do not adhere to these guidelines will be disqualified.


Send your submission in a .doc file to

 Late submissions will not be accepted. Ineligible and/or incomplete submissions will not be returned.

Submission deadline: Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. NST

We regret that due to the volume of submissions we receive we will be unable to acknowledge receipt of entries or respond to ineligible entries.
For more information, please contact the office at 709.739.5215 or e-mail


For a full list of past Fresh Fish Award winners and runners-up, click here.