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Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award

The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award 2020 Winner Announced 

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce that emerging writer Clay Everest is the winner of the annual Fresh Fish Award, presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union. The Fresh Fish Award winner will receive a cash prize of $5,200, plus $1,000 towards professional editing services.

Congratulations to our 2020 winner Clay Everest!

Clay has been writing poetry for the past fifteen years. He completed his undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University and more recently, his Masters at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His graduate thesis was a creative work that became the first draft of No Subject for the Inexperienced.

Clay’s work has been published in Volume 8 of ParagonRiddle Fence (Issue 26), The Ottawa Arts Review(parenthetical), and untethered. A reading of his poems “Archivist” and “Fortune” featured during the VOCM Variety Hour this past May. Clay has also read his works at the annual ‘Poetry Weekend’ at the UNB Fredericton, presented a series of poems at the Aldrich Graduate Conference at Memorial University in March in 2018, and was the featured reader at Spoken Word St. John’s in September 2017 and at Words(on)Stages in May 2016.

“I am beyond thrilled to receive the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers and to have been included in a list of such talented writers like Carmella and Olivia,” Clay shared.

“Receiving the Fresh Fish Award has given me the resources and encouragement to bring my project that much closer to publication and invigorated me to start new work. I am deeply grateful for this honour and to WANL for all they do for emerging and established writers.”

What our jury said about Clay Everest’s 2020 Fresh Fish Award submission:

An outstanding exploration of disaster, both person and social. The submission stood out for the exquisite narrative arc, the depth of research and history and the quality of each individual poem.

The collection was intricately tied together with a breadth of research and special knowledge unusual to this genre, but very successfully accomplished.

The narrative arc is well executed as it weaves the sinking of the Titanic and the Halifax explosion into one piece. It was particularly enjoyable to experience the intermeshing of larger-than-life stories with mundane themes like sex and day jobs.

Some of the individual lines were evocative enough to almost constitute an entire poem in and of themselves. 

The collection was very successful at integrating the tie-ins with news articles and other structural shifts, as well as uniting seemingly unconnected poems with a continuous narrative.

Nonetheless, this is a truly exceptional first collection and a worthy winner of the Fresh Fish Award. 


WANL Announces The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award 2020 Shortlist
(Scroll for Longlist announcement)

(August 4, 2020) – The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the shortlist finalists for the annual Fresh Fish Award, presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union.

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫’𝐬 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 (𝐢𝐧 𝐧𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫) 𝐚𝐫𝐞:

• “Nowadays and Lonelier” by Carmella Gray-Cosgrove
• “The Blue Moth Motel” by Olivia Anne Robinson
• “No Subject for the Inexperienced” by Clay Everest

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐣𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫’𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬…

“𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒍𝒖𝒆 𝑴𝒐𝒕𝒉 𝑴𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒍” 𝒃𝒚 𝑶𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒂 𝑨𝒏𝒏𝒆 𝑹𝒐𝒃𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒐𝒏
“A beautiful meditation on womanhood and coming-of-age through music with a compelling story and rich characters. There were great images and details throughout that showed themes of care and connection, and of reconciliation with the trials of growing up. The thematic development is artfully interwoven with imagery and symbolism. Relationships were well-rendered with unique and deep characterization. The scenes from childhood had a gripping realness to them … Generally, an original story idea with familiar themes, taking on subjects like family and community, mixing them up and applying a fresh coat of paint.”

 

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“𝑵𝒐𝒘𝒂𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑳𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒓” 𝒃𝒚 𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒂 𝑮𝒓𝒂𝒚-𝑪𝒐𝒔𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆
“This mellifluous collection addresses the grey interstices of daily life and society; neither hopeful nor cynical, it’s all about squeezing through. The stories hang well on the through line of isolation, with heavy and well-articulated commentary upon the costs of growth, renewal and connection. The structural forms of individual stories were creative and captivating, with a newness that felt original and well-crafted. The titular story in particular has a bizarre multi-story structure that works remarkably well. The writer has successfully dug out slivers of life, combining rare insight into the ways of the world with a unique style. The stories feel new, current and well observed, like stories nobody has thought to tell before. A stellar first effort.”

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“𝑵𝒐 𝑺𝒖𝒃𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑰𝒏𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒅” 𝒃𝒚 𝑪𝒍𝒂𝒚 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕
“An outstanding exploration of disaster, both personal and social. The submission stood out for the exquisite narrative arc, the depth of research and history and the quality of each individual poem. The collection was intricately tied together with a breadth of research and special knowledge unusual to this genre, but very successfully accomplished.

The narrative arc is well executed as it weaves the sinking of the Titanic and the Halifax explosion into one piece. It was particularly enjoyable to experience the intermeshing of larger-than-life stories with mundane themes like sex and day jobs.”

 

𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐋𝐂𝐔 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐡 𝐅𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝

One of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, 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.

The winning author will receive a cash prize of $5,200,
plus $1,000 towards professional editing services.

The Writers’ Alliance of NL would like to extend our congratulations to these fabulous emerging writers, and thank everyone who submitted. We received over 40 fantastic submissions this year – big thanks to our amazing jury for taking on these readings.

The Shortlist Readings and Winner Announcement will take place virtually on Facebook on August 20. More details to come.

Again, thank you to The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union for your continued support with this award – we could not offer such an amazing opportunity to our esteemed members without your contributions and patronage.


(July 28, 2020) – The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the longlist finalists for the annual Fresh Fish Award, presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union.
One of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, 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.

The winning author will receive a cash prize of $5,200,
plus $1,000 towards professional editing services.

This year’s longlist finalists (in no particular order) are:

• “A Seal of Salvage” by Clayton Smith
• “To Wear A Bear Skin” by Shelly Kawaja
• “Nowadays and Lonelier” by Carmella Gray-Cosgrove
• “The Blue Moth Motel” by Olivia Anne Robinson
• “No Subject for the Inexperienced” by Clay Everest
• “Quiet Time” by Katherine Alexandra Harvey

The Writers’ Alliance of NL would like to extend our congratulations to these fabulous emerging writers, and thank everyone who submitted. We received over 40 fantastic submissions this year – big thanks to our amazing jury for taking on these readings.

The shortlist for the 2020 Fresh Fish Award will be announced on August 3.
The Shortlist Readings and Winner Announcement will take place virtually on Facebook on August 20. More details to come.

Again, thank you to The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union for your continued support with this award – we could not offer such an amazing opportunity to our esteemed members without your contributions and patronage.


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.

ELIGIBILITY RULES

  • 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 PROCESS

  • 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. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • 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.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Send your submission in a .doc file to info@wanl.ca.

 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 director@wanl.ca.

 

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