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A Nightmare on George Street 2021

Congrats to the Winners of A Nightmare on George Street 2021!

Our winners were announced on Halloween – be sure to tune in and see it for yourselves!

Our 2021 winning authors are:

🥇 1st Place Winner of $350 – “Harvest” by Emily Brent 

🥈 2nd Place Winner of $250 –  “Identity Theft” by Melissa Bishop

🥉 3rd Place Winner of $150 –  “The Cremation of the WB” by Joshua Goudie 

Honourable mentions to our longlisted authors,
Krysta Fitzpatrick and Tracey Kreuzberg.

This year’s prizes and readings were presented in partnership with Association for the Arts Mount Pearl and Admiralty House Communications Museum and recorded with our go-to filmmaker (and WANL’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year) Mike Hickey.  🤝

WANL wishes to send a big thanks to our jury – Tracey Waddleton, Brad Dunne, and Liz Solo – for helping us determine our longlist.

Happy Halloween, folks!

A Nightmare on George Street 2021: Prizes, Sponsors, and Jury Announced!

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador is so excited to share an update with you regarding our 2021 A Nightmare on George Street (ANOGS) writing contest! (Scroll for submission details!)

WANL has partnered with Admiralty House Communications Museum and the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl for this event, and we are ecstatic to work with these local organizations (now + in the future too!)

“The Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl (AAMP) is thrilled to partner with the Writers’ Alliance and to celebrate the literary arts in our province through WANL’s annual Halloween Writing event,” AAMP’s Chair Christine Hennebury shared.

With AAMP’s support, we have been able to offer even bigger prizes for this year’s contest… in the form of


And the prizes are…
🥇 1st Place: $350
🥈 2nd Place: $250
🥉 3rd Place: $150


Get to know the ANOGS Jury!

We’ve selected a creepy crew of knowledgeable authors to jury this year’s submissions… They’re well-versed in all things spooky, according to these reviews!

Tracey Waddleton, Author of Send More Tourists… the Last Ones Were Delicious
“This book is like reaching into a cookie jar and finding a Barbie head.”
Brad Dunne, Author of After Dark Vapours and The Gut:
“His ability to craft pure terror and suspense is brilliantly fused with heartbreaking emotion and real-life feelings leave the reader turning the page all the way to the end.”
Liz Solo, Author of Phreak
“A sweeping crusty feat of biting, Nostradamic wisdom. A dirty mirror held up with tough love.”

A Nightmare on George Street 2021: Call for Submissions!

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2021 Halloween Spooky Story Writing Contest is officially open for submissions!

Just like we have in previous years, we’re asking local writers “to put the quill to the quire, crafting up a spooky tale that would make HP Lovecraft have nightmares!”

As evidenced by the chilling submissions we received in 2018, 2019, and 2020, there’s not only a lot of talent in the local writing community – there’s so much imagination and creativity bursting forth from your admittedly somewhat scary brains!

Pictured is WANL’s Executive Director Jen Winsor, who definitely had a lot of spirit at our 2019 event at The Black Sheep!

Contest Details:

Contestants are welcome to submit flash fiction original material of any genre to a maximum of 1,000 words. Writing format is open to all: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, monologues, etc.

*Please ensure your entry DOES NOT feature your name or any other identifying markers, as all entries will be assigned a number and sent to a jury to deliberate.*

Submissions can be emailed to

The deadline for submissions is September 21, 2021 at midnight.

What Happens Next:

An educated and professional jury of writers, actors, and horror fanatics will adjudicate the submissions, creating a shortlist of the top five entries.
The winners will then be chosen by the public via online voting.

Our five longlisted authors will be asked to record readings of their submissions, to be shared on social media. Our go-to guy for all things spooky and altogether kooky, Mike Hickey, will be editing these filmed readings to create nightmare fuel!

As a bonus prize, the top five authors will receive an MP4 copy of their filmed reading that can be used for promotion on their own personal social media platforms.

With respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, and WANL’s commitment to offer more programming and services to Members outside of the St. John’s Metro region by offering more online opportunities, this eerie event will once again take place virtually, giving opportunities for writers outside the Avalon (and those outside of the province!) to participate in this writing contest.

Winner announcement details yet to be announced – stay tuned to find out what kind of witchy magic WANL has up its sleeves!

This year’s prizes, sponsors, and jury are yet to be announced – Stay tuned for more details about this amazing contest!

Check out our top submissions from 2019 and 2020:

2020 – A Nightmare on George Street 3
🥇 1st place: David Lynch – “Tell Me, Do You Know The Hag”
🥈 2nd place: Paul Carberry – “The Old Hag”
🥉 3rd place: Colton Simpson – “My Little Hobby”
Honourable mentions to Connie Boland and Debra Whalen.

2019 – A Nightmare on George Street 2
🥇 1st place: Josh Goudie – “I Don’t Believe In Fairies”
🥈 2nd place: Ryan Belbin – “Lost”
🥉 3rd place: Natasha Glover – “A Logical Explanation”
Honourable mentions to Brad Dunne, Jon Dobbin, and Jen Corrigan.

Questions? Concerns? Email!