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Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award

Awards to Newfoundland and Labrador Unpublished
Authors to Support Manuscript Development

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Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador - Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union

Deadline Date:

09/05/17 5:00 PM Delivery or Postmark


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Awards to Newfoundland and Labrador unpublished authors to recognize and support the development of literary works. The purpose of this award is to provide an incentive for emerging authors through cash prizes, recognition, as well as professional editing for a book-length manuscript in any genre.

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of Newfoundland and Labrador is calling for submissions to one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 156098

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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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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-Writers must be current members of WANL with a completed, unpublished manuscript in any genre.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. More information about WANL membership may be found here:

-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 book’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, audio books, 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be hand delivered, mailed, or postmarked by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Eligibility Rules and Submission Guidelines:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Wendi Smallwood, Executive Director

Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
223 Duckworth Street, Suite 208
Haymarket Square
St. John’s, NL
A1C 6N1

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Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador;

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