PEIWG Invites You to Our Autumn Sociable

Writing can be a trying and lonely endeavour, but the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild has come up with a way to give writers and their friends some well-deserved socializing and fun.

15056349_10154121530896169_2037999958115971306_nThe guild will host its Autumn Sociable at Upstreet Craft Brewing (41 Allen Street) in Charlottetown on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. The evening will include literary trivia with Steve Forbes, contests, giveaways, and the chance to chat with others in the writing community. During the sociable, the guild will also announce the winner from its Battle Tales non-fiction contest.

Everyone is welcome – you do not have to be a guild member to join! Admission is free, though donations will be accepted towards the work of the guild, which promotes the growth and quality of literary arts in P.E.I. Event and prize sponsors include Cox & Palmer and Upstreet. For more information, email peiwritersguild @

Why PEI is So, So, So, So, So Great Contest

1170x347_canada150_1469186137893_engCanada will mark its 150th birthday in 2017. And to celebrate, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty is holding a writing contest.

Students from Grade 1-12 are invited to dig deep into their imaginations and come up with a written response to the following question:

Why is P.E.I so, so, so, so, so great?

Whether it’s culture, potatoes, scenic beauty, Anne of Green Gables or Lennie Gallant, Kirk and Kerri Wynn, compost or the fact that the first meeting where confederation was discussed was held in Charlottetown, the possibilities are endless. All you need to do is tell us why PEI is the greatest province in the greatest country on the greatest planet in the greatest solar system in the cosmos.

What will you win? Riches, fame and the chance to have your name printed in The Guardian. Oh, and you may even get the chance to read your work on a grand stage in front of *thousands of fellow Islanders.

Contest deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

Entrants are encouraged to write in the language of their choice!

Three prizes will be awarded in each category.

1st Prize $150 (wink, wink)
2nd Prize $100
3rd Prize $50

Grade 1 – 3
Maximum 250 words
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so include one if you want to. It will make our judge’s day and may even improve your chances of winning.

Grade 4-6
Maximum 300 words
Again a picture is accepted.

Grade 7-9
Maximum 500 words
Hold the cell phone, you’re practically adults now. No pictures for you.

Grade 10-12
Maximum 1000 Words
1000 words is 59,000 words shy of a novel (just saying)

Submissions must contain a cover sheet with the contest name, name of the student, grade, name of the teacher (if applicable), and contact details.

Submissions can be sent by email to the or by mail too the following address: Island Literary Awards, c/o P.E.I. Writers’ Guild, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4R3

Open Mic Featuring Jennifer Houle

The PEIWG is excited to be hosting the November Open Mic at Receiver Coffee Thursday, November 10, at 7pm. All are welcome to this free event.

The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of Receiver Coffee’s delicious offerings, Jennifer Houle, our exciting featured reader, will read from her award-winning debut collection of poetry.
Jennifer Houle grew up in Shediac, N.B., but considers P.E.I. her second home, as she visits family here several times a year. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, and her work has won several awards, including the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick’s Alfred G. Bailey Prize for best poetry manuscript. The poetry in The Back Channels, her first book, speaks to coastal communities and the struggle with identity in the global economy. Houle now lives outside of Fredericton with her husband and two sons.

The Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month. Due to time constraints, we ask each open mic participant ensure their reading lasts no longer than 5 minutes.

Battles Tales: A Mostly True Story WRITING PROMPTS!


Hello all you wonderful PEI creative non-fiction gladiators. Are you ready to partake in the second ever Battle Tales short story contest? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Your creative non-fiction story must answer this question:

1. What was your most memorable trip? It could be as small as a trip to the grocery store or as large as a trip to the moon. It has to be true, but after that, it’s up to you.

Wait! Your story must also answer any TWO of the following questions:

2. Who did you meet on this trip? Wherever our journeys happen to take us, we always come across interesting characters, like-minded folk, or people we just can’t stand. People which shape and define our travels and make the story stand out in our memories.

3. How did this trip affect you? There’s always a feeling behind every story we share around the water cooler or campfire, a feeling brought on by the things we see, hear, or do. Things which mean something to us deep down.

4. Was there anything you wished you could have done on your trip, but didn’t? We all have things we’d love to do if rules or inhibitions didn’t apply, like racing shopping carts in the grocery store, or sneaking into a sarcophagus and pretending to be a pharaoh. Maybe you wanted to base jump off the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or fight a kangaroo in the Australian outback. We’d love it if you shared.

PLEASE NOTE: You don’t have to directly answer these questions. Instead, use them as a guide for your story. Our judge (the super-cool Patti Larsen) will read your work and then decide whether or not your story provided what she needs to answer the questions herself.

If you, say, wrote about a trip you took to Moncton where you met a surly gas attendant who made you wish you’d driven away without paying—well that would be perfect, since it answers questions 1, 2, and 4.

For the record, we really do recommend paying for your gas.

For more information, check out the contest page. Good luck, everyone. We can’t wait to see what you’ll write.

Battle Tales: The Great Big Update

Here are a few things you might not know battle-tales-2about Battle Tales: A Mostly True Story.

  1. The incredible Patti Larsen will be judging your outstanding entries. We’re thrilled to have Patti working with us this time around, and we can’t wait to share your excellent work with her.
  2. The winning entry will be published on thecargolit_logo-round-corners Cargo Literary Magazine Blog. Everyone will be jealous of your literary prowess.
  3. Competing in short story competitions is really great for your skin. Wow everyone with a healthy dermal glow by winning this fall’s Battle Tales contest.

Open Mic Featuring Julie Pellissier-Lush

The PEI Writers’ Guild will host Julie Pellisier-Lush as its featured reader at the second Open Mic to be held on Thursday, October 13th from 7:00-9:00 at Receiver Coffee on Victoria Row (128 Richmond Street).

All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Julie will read.

11238269_10155653615075567_602722724541265246_nJulie Pellissier-Lush, actress and bestselling author of ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’, was born in Summerside, PEI in 1970. She grew up all over Eastern Canada and spent a number of years in Winnipeg, Manitoba before coming home. Julie graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2000. She works with young families at the Mi’kmaq Family Resource Centre and was Vice President of the Aboriginal Women’s Association for four terms. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.

The Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.

Battle Tales: A Mostly True Story

Attention writers of the creative nonfiction persuasion,

What do you say we play a little game? A game which jumpstarts that memoir you’ve been meaning to write, or kicks your story-telling prowess into high gear? Do you enjoy a good, solid writing challenge?

Well, we have exactly  what you’re looking for. The PEI Writers’ Guild is excited to announce Battle Tales: A Mostly True Story.


Check out our contest page for details. We can’t wait to do it all again.

Open Mic at Receiver Coffee, Featuring Patti Larsen

This Thursday, September 8th, the  PEI Writers’ Guild open mic will host Patti Larsen as its featured reader. Oh, and guess what? We’ve switched locations! We’re now holding our open mic at Receiver Coffee at 128 Richmond Street!  The event kicks off at 7 pm.

There are 10 spots available for the open mic, and we ask you keep your piece, either poetry or prose, to no longer than three to five minutes. A sign-up form will be available at the event.

Patti Larsen

Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle-grade and young-adult Island author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? She’s a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud she has to write them down. She loves roller derby even though it doesn’t love her. She’s dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all-girl band to running her own hair salon.

But always, always, writing books calls her back home. She’s had her sights set on world literary domination for a while now, and a simple search on Barnes and Noble proves she has done just that. With 75 titles for sale, Patti is one of the most prolific writers operating on PEI today.