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April 1, 2024

WritersNL announced the call for submissions for one of the country’s most lucrative literary awards for unpublished writers: the NLCU Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, on February 21, 2024.

The Award, generously sponsored by NLCU, is intended to incentivize 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.

NLCU Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Bolger, commented on the significance of the award to emerging writers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The NLCU Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers has become a momentous stepping-stone for launching the literacy careers of talented up-and-coming local writers. Of the 35 writers who have won or been runner-up for this award over the years, 24 of them have gone on to successfully publish their works. As an arts patron and this award’s sponsor since 2011, NLCU is honoured to help provide a supportive platform for emerging artists.” 

WritersNL has offered this emerging writers program since 2006, to recognize and support budding authors.

View a complete list of eligibility rules and submission guidelines online:

Submission deadline: April 1, 2024 at 5 p.m. NST 

Media Contact:
Jen Winsor, Executive Director

Click here for full submission guidelines

Times and Locations

April 1, 2024

5:00 pm