Chill Out at Our Winter Sociable

The PEI Writers’ Guild is helping battle the doldrums of winter with its inaugural Sociable, a winter gathering of members, supporters and friends who will engage in literary trivia and imbibe island ales at Upstreet Craft Brewing on Saturday, February 13th. Festivities will kick off at 7:00.

Steve Forbes will be the trivia master and the subjects will range from the prolific Patti Larsen to the illustrious poet, James Franco. Come with a trivia team, or come on your own and be paired up with one. Sign up for trivia will be at the door.

The winner of the Battle Tales Short Story contest will be announced at the Sociable.

Trivia is free. Prizes to be won. And like a church picnic, a good time will be had by all!

Date: Saturday, February 13th

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Upstreet Craft Brewing, 41 Allen Street

For queries relating to The Sociable, please email us at, find us on Facebook, or tweet us @PEIWritersGuild



Hello all you wonderful PEI short fiction gladiators. Are you ready to partake in the first ever Battle Tales short story contest? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Behold our writing prompt:

  1. An old, creaky wooden door which won’t close easily.
  2. A lone dog barking in the distance.
  3. A pair of sneakers dangling from a power line. (Bet you didn’t realize we snuck you part of the prompt early. We’re a crafty bunch, aren’t we?)

Now remember: your story must include these items. Beyond that, it’s up to you. You can base your whole plot on these things, or you can simply mention them. Don’t be afraid to embellish either. Maybe those sneakers are a mismatched purple and red, or perhaps the door leads to some spooky cellar. And what about that dog? Who knows. It’s up to you to tell us.

Oh, don’t forget to checkout out the contest rules before you get started. We want a clean battle, after all. Nothing below the belt.

And that’s it, folks. May the best short fiction gladiator win!

Events for October

There are plenty of events for writers to enjoy this month. Check out this list!

October 7, Poetry Workshop, Confederation Centre Public Library, 7 p.m.: NY poet Mary O’Keefe Brady will examine the techniques poets use to achieve musical language: alliteration, slant rhyme, internal rhyme, repetition, and other effects. The workshop is free. Please call the library at 902-368-4642 to register.

October 8, Open Mic, Confederation Centre Public Library, 7 p.m.: Want to read your poetry or prose in public? Join the centre’s open mic. Not interested in speaking? Come along and listen. Participants are asked to keep speaking time to five minutes. Readers can sign up beginning at 6:30 or in advance by calling the library.

October 8, Playwrights’ Cabaret, Local 343 restaurant, 98 Water St., 7 p.m.: Come celebrate the work of Island playwrights! The cabaret is hosted by the P.E.I. wing of PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre). The space is open at 6:30 p.m., with complimentary finger foods and cash bar. Come listen to readings by talented playwrights, including Jeff Bursey, Marlane O’Brien, Marjorie Hooper Dalziel, Kathleen Hamilton, Steven Mayoff, Rob MacLean and Melissa Mullen, Malcolm Murray, J.J. Steinfeld, and Laurel Smyth. Admission is by donation.

October 9, PARC Information Session, Local 343 restaurant, 10 a.m.: Enjoy light snacks and learn about the role the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) plays in the P.E.I. play-writing community. Organizers want to hear your input, wisdom, experience, criticism, humour and whatever else you might bring to the discussion. To find out more about PARC, visit If you can join the meeting, please contact Kathleen Hamilton or Melissa Mullen, P.E.I. representatives on the PARC board, at or
October 14, Poet Laureate’s Open Mic Series, Baha’i Faith Charlottetown Centre, 20 Lapthorn Ave., 7 p.m.: This marks the beginning of the fall season of open mics hosted by P.E.I. Poet Laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow. Now in partnership with the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild and TWiG (The Writers in Group), open mics take place the second Wednesday of every month at the new venue of the Baha’i Centre. The venue is wheelchair accessible and alcohol-free. The featured reader this month is Patti Larsen, an award-winning writer with a passion for the paranormal. Readers can sign up to read poetry or prose for three to five minutes. Admission is free or by donation. For more information, contact Dianne at

October 16, Book Launch by Dianne Hicks Morrow, The Chapel at the Mount, 141 Mt. Edward Rd., 6:30 p.m.: Join Hicks Morrow to celebrate the launch of Fixing Up the Farmhouse: Forty Years of Living, Loving and Lamenting. The event includes a reading and book signing. All are welcome.

And the 2015 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards go to…

IMG_0134The Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the winners of the 28th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.

The Island’s younger writers were honoured at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People on the afternoon of September 19.

Early Elementary: 1st prize, Lillian Mallett (LM Montgomery); 2nd prize, Sebastian Kennedy (LM Montgomery); 3rd prize, Navija Siriwardane (Sherwood); honourable mentions, Joel Jason Farrell (LM Montgomery), Lauren Graham (West Kent). Late Elementary: 1st prize, Seth Dockendorff (homeschooled); 2nd prize, Eliza Dickie (Spring Park); 3rd prize, Lilly O’Rielly (West Kent); honourable mention, Lindsey Hood (Spring Park).

Junior Secondary: 1st prize, Chloe Dockendorff (homeschooled); 2nd prize, Jack Morse (Queen Charlotte); 3rd prize, Libby Douglas (Queen Charlotte); honourable mentions, Zoë Schaefer (Queen Charlotte), Amanda MacBain (Queen Charlotte). Senior Secondary: 1st prize, Emily McClean (Colonel Gray); 2nd prize, Kiera Mayhew (Charlottetown Rural); 3rd prize, Annie Compton (Bluefield); honourable mention, Kass Palter (Charlottetown Rural).

The School Participation Award for the most entries was given to Allison Giggy, who teaches at Queen Charlotte Intermediate School in Charlottetown.

The adult awards were presented at the gala ceremony the evening of September 19. Maritime Electric Short Story Awards: 1st prize, Olivia Robinson; 2nd prize, Tanya Nicolle MacCallum; 3rd prize, Margôt Maddison-MacFadyen; honourable mentions, Louise Burley, Sarah Glassford. Lucy Maud Montgomery* PEI Literature for Children Awards: 1st prize, Yvette Doucette; 2nd prize, Lindsay Gillis; 3rd prize, Christine Gordon-Manley; honourable mention, Suzanne Mills. (*L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.)

Milton Acorn Poetry Award: 1st prize, Chris Bailey; 2nd prize, Yvette Doucette; 3rd prize, Michelle Barton; honourable mention, Sarah Glassford. Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Award: 1st prize, Tanya Nicolle MacCallum; 2nd prize, Louise Burley; 3rd prize, Chris Bailey; honourable mention, Michael Conway.

This year’s Joseph Sherman Award for Special Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island was presented to Karen Mair, host of CBC Radio’s “Main Street.”

On behalf of Island writers, The PEI Writers’ Guild is grateful for the generous support of the prize sponsors and donors, especially Cox & Palmer and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, Maritime Electric, the heirs of LM Montgomery, and the families of Milton Acorn and Clary Pottie.

Full list of sponsors, partners, donors, and volunteers (in no particular order):

Cox & Palmer, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty; *Heirs of L.M. Montgomery; Maritime Electric; Clary Pottie Family; Acorn Family; City of Charlottetown; Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture; The Investors Group; The Guardian; P.E.I. Teacher’s Federation; The Buzz; Provincial Credit Union; Ooka Island Inc.; Home Hardware Charlottetown; KKP Charlottetown; The Acorn Press; The Bookmark; P.E.I. Public Library Service; Dunes Studio, Gallery and Café and Peter Jansons; Alan Preston of Hearts and Flowers; Bernard Michaud, Penumbra Press; Making Words Matter – Lori Mayne; Peter Nishimura and Angela MacLaren; Sean and Wendy Wiebe; Orysia Dawydiak and David Sims; Dianne and Andy Morrow; John Smith; Michael Conway; Jock Murray and Janet Pottie Murray; Pat and Malcolm Murray; Judy Gaudet & David Helwig; Renée Blanchette; Steven Mayoff; Ruth Mischler Howatt; Yvette Doucette; Ken Fornetran, Ian Thoms, Isaac Williams, musicians; Joy Tremblay, graphic designer, Anne Furlong; and our anonymous community donor.

The PEI Writers’ Guild also thanks the folks who participated in solidifying the 2015 Awards: MCs Karen Mair and Lee Ellen Pottie; Judges: Laurie Brinklow, Michelle Butler-Hallett, Valerie Compton, Allan Cooper, Benton Hartley, and Allyson Trainor; volunteers, and all those who submitted their work or contributed their time and effort to the 28th Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.

The 2015 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards Shortlist

Here’s the list you’ve been waiting for… this year’s shortlist for the 2015 Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards. The prize winners will be revealed at the gala awards ceremonies on Saturday, September 19, at the Jack Blanchard Family Centre at 7 Pond Street in Charlottetown.

Starting at 2:00pm, the afternoon celebration will present the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. It will feature readings by first place winners, a special guest reading by Island author Hugh MacDonald, and a reception afterward for winners and their families.

Short-listed writers for the Young People’s Awards categories are – in no particular order – as follows.

  • Early Elementary: Sebastian Kennedy, Lauren Graham, Navija Siriwardane, Lillian Mallett, Joel Jason Farrell.
  • Late Elementary: Eliza Dickie, Seth Dockendorff, Lilly O’Rielly, Lindsey Hood.
  • Junior High: Zoë Schaefer, Chloe Dockendorff, Jack Morse, Amanda MacBain, Libby Douglas.
  • Senior High: Kass Palter, Annie Compton, Emily McClean, Kiera Mayhew.   .

Karen Mair from CBC’s Mainstreet will host the evening awards gala at 7:00 pm. The ceremony will feature readings by first-place winners, a special guest reading by poet David Hickey, musical entertainment, and a cash bar.

Short-listed writers for adult categories are – in no particular order – as follows:

  • L.M. Montgomery* PEI Writing for Children Award: Suzanne Mills, Lindsay Gillis, Christine Gordon-Manley, Yvette Doucette.
  • Milton Acorn Poetry Award: Yvette Doucette, Chris Bailey, Sarah Glassford, Michelle Barton.
  • Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Louise Burley, Tanya Nicolle MacCallum, Olivia Robinson, Sarah Glassford, Margôt Maddison-MacFadyen.
  • Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Award: Chris Bailey, Tanya Nicolle MacCallum, Michael Conway, Louise Burley.

(*L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.)

Judges for this year’s adult ILA categories were Allan Cooper (New Brunswick), Michelle Butler-Hallett (Newfoundland), Valerie Compton (Nova Scotia/PEI), and Laurie Brinklow (PEI). Judges for the young people’s awards were Allyson Trainor and Ben Hartley from PEI.

Each year, the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild hosts the awards to encourage the Island’s emerging and new writers. Cash prizes are generously donated by Island governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals.

For more information on the ceremonies, please e-mail