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2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards

Join us in celebrating the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Children’s/Young Adult Literature Book Award Winner!

(September 28, 2022) – Enjoy a fun-filled evening for the whole family TONIGHT as we announce the WINNER of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award in the category of Children/Young Adult Literature:
at 6:30 p.m., NST on Wednesday, September 28
IN-PERSON in St. John’s @ A.C. Hunter Children’s Library (downstairs)
or virtually via Webex

Did we mention that there will be a BALLOON ARTIST on site to create balloon sculptures for the kids?

Thank you to our sponsors, the Bruneau Family, for their longtime generosity with this award.

⬇ Keep reading to read jury comments about the
2022 NLBA shortlisted books, and meet the 2022 NLBA Jury!

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are held annually by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) to recognize excellence in writing by authors residing in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The 2022 Fiction Award, sponsored by Killick Capital, will be announced on October 5, 2022 (more details below).

Read what our jury had to say about the 2022 Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature NLBA Shortlisted Titles!

Once Upon An Iceberg: Errol’s Twillingate Adventure 
by Sheilah Lukins
Errol the mouse is off on a new adventure, the third book in this series. This time he travels to Twillingate where his mission is to find the father of his friend Gus.
A delightful first chapter book for young readers, Sheilah Lukins’ writing is clear and uncluttered, with lovely short sentences and punchy verbs.
Tidbits of Newfoundland history are dropped into the story like pearls, pure and simple, and never overly instructive. There’s plenty of action and near-misses to keep young readers on their toes. Adorable characters that kids will love, each with distinctive personality traits.
The illustrations are sweet and colourful, full of interesting details waiting to be discovered. Charming and fun to read, and a lovely comment on family and our connection to home.

The Dollhouse: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter

A cross between Alice in Wonderland and Narnia with some time travel thrown in for good measure. Cleanly and beautifully written, Charis Cotter’s style is consistent and never flags.
Twelve-year-old Alice finds her summer plans upended when her parents suddenly separate. She must go with her mother who takes a job with a mean elderly lady in a creepy old house in a small town far away. When Alice discovers an exquisitely detailed dollhouse in the attic of the house, it provides a portal to people and events of decades past and Alice is drawn into these experiences.
The character of Alice is real and well-drawn. Lily and Bubble, who are developmentally challenged, are sensitively portrayed, adding an extra dimension of sweetness to the story. There’s an even pull of events as the plot unfolds in a gentle fashion.
Like Alice, the reader is unsure what is real and what is imagined. The haunted house within a haunted house concept is unique and original. Scary without being too frightening, an excellent spooky story written to be savoured.
 

Footsteps in Bay de Verde: A Mysterious Tale
by Charis Cotter

An imaginative retelling of an old Newfoundland ghost story, Charis Cotter weaves the tale from a child’s point of view, as three children listen to grownups tell stories on a cold winter’s night.
A true story, gently evoking the atmosphere of an outport Newfoundland kitchen a century ago. There’s a delightful lilt and wonderful pacing as events unfold. Beautiful spare writing. Authentic characters and pitch perfect dialogue.
Spooky without being terrifying. An author’s note at the end explains where the story comes from, adding depth and interest, a bonus for adults and children wanting more. The book is beautifully designed with warm, realistic illustrations that give the look and feel of times past.
A concise, well-rounded story written simply enough for children, yet eloquent and classic enough to appeal to adults. And in the end the question remains open – what really happened here? Truly mysterious. 

Thank you, to the 2022 NLBA Children’s/Young Adult Literature Jury Members!

Susan Chalker Browne has authored numerous books for children, most highlighting Newfoundland’s rich heritage. She also wrote the young adult novel Secret Life of a Funny Girl along with several non-fiction books including Mother of the Regiment and Other Remarkable Women of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as The Story of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, which was short-listed for an Atlantic Book Award. Her writing has earned distinction from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, the Cuffer Prize, and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Atlantic Writing Competition. She lives in St. John’s.

William Pryse Phillips has been on the Faculty of Memorial University of Newfoundland since 1972 and has been Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at Memorial since 1980 and Professor emeritus since 2004.  Following medical school at Guy’s Hospital, London and further training in Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology in England, he came to Canada in 1970. He is a reviewer for six journals and on the editorial boards of three others and is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed papers or book chapters. His hobbies are salmon fishing, long (900 K) walks, extreme gardening, questionable cooking, iconoclasm and writing for pleasure.

Nicole Little lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her short stories have appeared in eighteen anthologies thus far and her first novella, The Lotus Fountain, was released in November 2020. She has won several competitions including the June 2018 Kit Sora prize from Engen Books for her flash fiction piece “Sweet Sixteen;” her short story “Doxxed” placed 3rd in the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s “A Nightmare on Water Street: Scary Story Reading” in October 2018 and her three-sentence horror story, “Tasty Babies” earned her the much-coveted Hell Hare award from Black Hare Press in January 2020. Her debut Science Fiction novel, Roxy Buckles & the Flight of the Sparrow is set for publication in Fall 2022. She is married with two daughters.

Interested in jurying opportunities from WANL? Click here to join our jury pool now!

Join us in-person or virtually for the 2022 Fiction NLBAs!

The Fiction readings + winner announcement events will take place at the A.C. Hunter Public Library in St. John’s as well as virtually via Webex on: Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. NST.

*Please note: the Fiction event is held upstairs in the A.C. Hunter Public Library.*
Click here to register to attend virtually via Webex.


WANL Announces SHORTLIST for the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards

(September 23, 2022) – The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is SO excited to announce the shortlist for the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards!

In 2022, we are honouring two categories – the Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award, and the Fiction Award, sponsored by Killick Capital. The 2022 longlist was announced on September 15, 2022.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are held annually by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) to recognize excellence in writing by authors residing in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Shortlisted authors are listed alphabetically by last name below.

The 2022 NLBA Fiction Award Shortlist

Join us in-person or virtually for the 2022 NLBAs!

Both readings + winner announcement events will take place at the A.C. Hunter Public Library in St. John’s as well as virtually via Webex.

• The Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award readings + winner announcement will take place on:
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. NST.
*Please note: this event is held downstairs in the Children’s Library.*
Click here to register to attend virtually via Webex.

 The Fiction Award sponsored by Killick Capital readings + winner announcement will take place on:
Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. NST.
*Please note: this event is held upstairs in the A.C. Hunter Public Library.*
Click here to register to attend virtually via Webex.

Media Contact:
WANL Executive Director Jen Winsor: director@wanl.ca


WANL Announces Longlist for the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards

(September 15, 2022) – The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is ecstatic to announce the longlist for the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards (NLBAs).

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are held annually by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) to recognize excellence in writing by authors residing in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This year, we are honouring two categories – the Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award, and the Fiction Award, sponsored by Killick Capital.

Longlisted authors are listed alphabetically by last name below.

The 2022 NLBA Fiction Award Longlist
Sponsored by Killick Capital

Call for Submissions: 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards!

(June 22, 2022) – WANL is ecstatic to announce the call for submissions for the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards (NLBAs).

This year’s categories are:
Fiction – Sponsored by Killick Capital
&
Children’s Literature/Young Adult – Sponsored by the Bruneau Family

The NLBAs celebrate and honour excellence in writing by authors in Canada’s easternmost province and are made possible by the generous support of sponsors.

The author of the winning book in each category (Fiction and Children/YA) will receive $1,500. Two runners-up per category will be selected.
Each runner-up will receive $500.

Submission Deadline: Received by Friday, July 22 at 5 PM 


Residency Requirement: 

The awards are open only to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.
For the purposes of these awards, a resident is defined as a person who has lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for the 12 months immediately prior to the date of publication
OR 
who has lived in Newfoundland and Labrador in any combination of 36 of the last 60 months.

The residency period for the 2022 awards is the five calendar years of 2016-2021.
An award may be presented posthumously to an author who has met the residency requirement.


Eligibility: 

– Books published between January 1st, 2020, and December 31st, 2021.

– Books must be single-authored.

– Either the author or the publisher may enter a title.

– Books must be in English.

– Books that have been translated are eligible. However, in the case of a translated book, the award is to go exclusively to the author.

– Self-published books are eligible provided they are professionally produced (i.e. printed and bound by a commercial printer).

– Collected or selected works by a single author are eligible provided at least 50% of the text is previously unpublished material.

– Books 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 book’s text and only for the writing.

– Books 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 NL Book Awards: anthologies with more than one author: audiobooks; unpublished manuscripts; textbooks; self-help or how-to books; manuals or guidebooks on any subject (e.g. travel, nature, cooking); dictionaries; encyclopedias.

– Revised editions will be considered when the following conditions are met:
a) The book has not been previously submitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards; and
b) 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

– Current members of WANL’s Literary Awards Committee are not eligible for the NL Book Awards.

– Final decisions on the eligibility of submitted entries remain with WANL’s Literary Awards Committee.

– WANL reserves the right not to present the award should there not be enough entries for competitive adjudication.


 Assessment Process: 

– Assessment of all eligible submissions to the NL Book Awards will be adjudicated by independent juries recruited and facilitated by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.

– A jury with appropriate literary expertise will be convened for each award.

– The independent jury for each award will submit a longlist of six books, a shortlist of three books, and a winning book from that shortlist.

– The paramount consideration is excellence in writing. Jurors should reflect on creativity, wordsmithing, 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 title, 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 title. If there is a conflict of interest, the juror will be asked to step aside.

– The decisions made by the NL Book Award juries are final.


Submission Procedures: 

– Include four (4) non-returnable, professionally printed and bound copies of each book.

– Include a signed letter stating the category entered and confirming that all submission requirements have been met. Please also note your total word count, and page count.

– Include the non-refundable entry fee that applies to you:
• Free submission for WANL members paying full membership fee
• $15 submission fee per title for WANL members paying $25 membership fee
• $40 submission fee per title for non-WANL members

Submit your books to:
Newfoundland & Labrador Book Awards
c/o Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
223 Duckworth Street, Suite 202
St. John’s, NL A1C 6N1

Drop off hours:
Applicants can drop off their submissions to the WANL office in person every Tuesday from 12-5 p.m. Masks must be worn upon entering the building. Please note that the WANL office is not accessible.
Curb-side pick-up is also available by calling 709-739-5215. Please pull up outside of the building, call the number listed above, and a WANL representative can pick up your submissions from the trunk of your car.

PLEASE NOTE:
• Ineligible and/or incomplete submissions will not be returned, and entry fees will not be refunded.
• All books and materials submitted become the property of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and will be used for jury members, sponsors, and promotional activities.
• Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submission Deadline: Received by Friday, July 22 at 5 PM