Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards: Short List Announcement

The PEI Writers’ Guild is excited to announce the shortlist for the 31st Annual Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards. The winners will be revealed at the gala awards ceremony taking place at the Rodd Charlottetown (75 Kent Street) on Saturday, May 26, from 7-10 PM.

Tickets to the gala are free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

Short-listed writers for adult categories (random order) are as follows:

L.M. Montgomery* PEI Literature for Children Award: Wendy Pobjoy, Margo Connors, Samantha Desjardins Joyce.

Milton Acorn Poetry Award: Roderick MacDonald, Wendy Pobjoy, Ann Howatt.

Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Victoria Goddard, Diana Clark, Emily Cann, Renee Blanchette.

Creative Non-Fiction Award: Anne MacCallum, Emily Jelliffe, Paul Vreeland, Kathryn Nazim.

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

Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People: Short List Announcement

On May 26th, Island youth will be recognized for their excellence in the literary arts at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. This year’s gala will run from 12:00-1:30 PM at The Rodd Charlottetown (75 Kent Street), and will be hosted by Deirdre Kessler.

While the gala is free of charge, seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

Short List for Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People (random order):

Senior High: Madeline Reddick, Keridwen Campbell, Shreya Singh, Lauren MacTavish, Autumn Banks.

Junior High: Claire Dejong, Kennedy Martin, Grace Potter, Ariel Dunn, Lilly O’Reilly.

Late Elementary: Laura MacDougall, Andrew Saver, Madelyn Hume, Mya Belieu, Camryn Carver.

Early Elementary: Charlie Frew, Cora van Eyk.

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People recognizes excellence in creative writing by Island students.

Cash prizes are generously donated by members of the Island community.

The awards run as an extension of the Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards, an event of the PEI Writers’ Guild.

31st Annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards Gala Announcement

The 31st Annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards will take place at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel (75 Kent St, Charlottetown) on May 26, 2018.

We hope to see you there!

The Business of Self-Publishing: From Writer to Publisher With multiple-award-winning indie author and publisher Patti Larsen

PLEASE bring your laptop as this is a hands-on workshop!

Are you ready to publish your novel/memoir/poetry collection but feel daunted or overwhelmed by the steps necessary to take your finished work to market? It may seem like a Herculean task, but it’s far more straight-forward than you might expect. The trouble is that advice abounds, often in conflict—where to publish, how to go about it, what aspects of the business are important and what to avoid… it can be confusing and lead talented writers to decide self-publishing just isn’t for them.

But there’s an answer! Join multiple-award-winning indie author and publisher Patti Larsen in a step-by-step, hands on workshop that will walk you through each and every step of setting up your business. From understanding the U.S. tax treaty exemption to acquiring your own ISBN prefix to creating your back office space in markets like Amazon, Kobo and Barnes&Noble, Patti Larsen has been there, done that (over a hundred publications later and counting!) and can give you the confidence and guidance you need to dive into the world of self-publishing.

Please note: There are only six spots remaining for this workshop, so sign up early!

Wits & Words Poetry Slam

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 Wits & Words Student Poetry Slam will take place Wednesday, April 25th, 7pm, at Receiver Coffee (128 Richmond Street) in Charlottetown. If last year was any indication, it promises to be an exciting, entertaining, and illuminating evening. Space is limited. Come early to get a seat and enjoy the excellent poetry Island students have to offer.

Poets and Pints for Poetry Month

Poets & Pints is a celebration of National Poetry Month featuring a social hour; readings by 4 Island poets including Deirdre Kessler, Jane Ledwell, John MacKenzie and David Hickey; a Q&A moderated by John Flood; and an open mic. Poets & Pints of cosponsored by The Bookmark and PEI’s own poet laureate Deirdre Kessler.

Date: April 16th from 6 PM to 10 PM
Where: The Queue, next to Pilot House, 70 Grafton Street

Confederation Centre Public Library Open Mic

Open Mic Confederation Centre Public Library Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. – Want to read your poetry or prose in a public venue? Join the Confederation Centre Public Library Open Mic., and share your love of poetry and prose by reading before a live audience.  Not interested in speaking? Feel free to come along and listen. Please keep speaking time to five minutes. Sign up from 6:30 or telephone or email the library.

Announcing the Winner of Battle Tales III: Return of the Short Story Contest

The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce that Matthew MacKay has won Battle Tales III: Return of the Short Story Contest for his marvellous battle tale Bigfoot.

Matthew MacKay receives the Battle Tales III trophy from PEIWG president Keith Burgoyne at the Thinking of Spring Sociable

Far from being a story of a legend in the great outdoors that the title suggests, Bigfoot is a gritty urban tale with a strong narrative voice and a confident use of descriptive language that relentlessly moves forward.

Inventive use of the three prompts also makes this story stand out. The prompts evoke the senses and the author doesn’t just dutifully tick the three boxes, but rather creates a potent atmosphere of sound, smell and sight that keeps the reader’s interest.

We here at the PEIWG wish to thank everyone who took part in Battle Tales this year. We hope you enjoyed the contest, and most importantly, that you had fun putting words to page. Thank you all for making it a huge success!