Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Past Fiddlehead Contest Winner Announced as Regional Winner (Canada and Europe) of 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Photo credit: The Malahat Review
Eliza Robertson, winner of The Fiddlehead's short fiction contest in 2010 (published in no. 243) for her story "Worried Woman's Guide," has just been announced as the regional winner (Canada and Europe) of the prestigious 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for "We Walked on Water."

In the press release, chair of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize Razia Iqbal said, “The short story is among the hardest forms to master. The five stories we chose as regional winners all pass the judges' tests of capturing a distinctive tone; creating fulsome characters; always deft in showing, not telling; subject matter both intimate and personal, as well as ranging across political landscapes. Reading them will transport you, as all good literature does, and introduce you to voices we are sure you will hear again.”

Recently, Eliza was also shortlisted for CBC's Canada Writes short fiction prize. You can read CBC's online interview with her here, where she names Fiddlehead fiction editor Mark Jarman as one of her favourite writers.

The winner of the Commonwealth Prize will be announced on May 31. Good luck, Eliza!

UPDATE! Eliza Robertson has been chosen as one of two winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize! The judges said that her story "We Walked on Water" is "an exhilarating story about the relationship between a brother and sister, both competitive swimmers. The descriptive writing is nothing short of strikingly beautiful, in terms of emotions felt, the natural environment and the structure." Congratulations from us at The Fiddlehead!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Announcing the Winners of The Fiddlehead's 22nd Annual Literary Competition

We're proud to announce the winners of our annual contest. The issue is hot off the presses and it's in the mail and on its way to newsstands. Our website is also updated with excerpts from all the winners: go check it out!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Writers' Federation of New Brunswick presents WordsSpring

Lovers of all things literary are sure to love WordsSpring, a three-day event featuring book launches, a writing workshop, panel discussion and open mic brunch.  Presented by the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, this semi-annual gathering will be held in the Kennebecasis Valley May 10-12.

WordsSpring leads off with book launches at the Shadow Lawn in Rothesay, Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Many New Brunswick authors will read from their new works of poetry and prose.

WordsSpring continues with a full day of activities on Saturday May 11 at the QPlex in Quispamsis. A fiction workshop on story arc and plotting by Jennifer McGrath Kent will get the day underway at 9 a.m. Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the writing life led by Robert Rayner, Lisa Dalrymple and Susan White at 10:30 a.m.

McGrath Kent will join Rayner and Dalrymple to give readings at 1 p.m., preceding a talk by Sheree Fitch, titled “No More Kitty Litter: Kid Lit Coming of Age in NB.” The event moves to the Kennebecasis Valley Library at 3:30 p.m. for a storytime, featuring WordsSpring’s children’s authors including Sheree Fitch.

WordsSpring returns to the Shadow Lawn at 7pm that evening for the WFNB Literary Awards Soiree, during which prizes are presented to winners of WFNB’s 2013 Literary Competition. This year’s contest drew 189 entries, the highest number in WFNB’s recent history. Readings will be given by the first place finishers, as well as Sheree Fitch and Riel Nason.

The next morning, participants will take a ferry ride to the Kingston Peninsula, where they will enjoy a meal and readings at an open mic brunch. The event will be held at the Kingston Market, starting at 10 a.m.

All events are open to the public and are free of charge, except for events being held at the Qplex. Those require registration and payment of $60 for WFNB members and $70 for non-members, Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch included. For more information on the event and to register, visit the federation’s website.

Now in its 28th year, with more than 300 members, WFNB is the only organization in the province that represents and promotes writers in all disciplines, at all stages of development.