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

Nasreen Pejvack at the Confederation Centre Public Library Saturday April 21

Nasreen  Pejvack will be visiting Confederation Centre Public Library Saturday April 21, 2:00 p.m. as part of a cross country tour introducing her newest books, “Paradise of the Downcasts” and “Waiting.”

“Paradise of the Downcasts” is a book of short stories inspired by the author’s experiences of life in Canada, a gracefully crafted series of stories in which the author invites us to examine the way we deal with each other in life’s sojourn. “Waiting” is a book of poems that delve deeply into the soul of humanity to pull out wonder, greed, love and hope.

Born in Tehran, Iran, a place she left over 30 years ago, the author has lived in Athens, Ottawa, California, before finally settling in Vancouver.  She previously visited Confederation Centre Public Library in 2015 when she launched her first novel, “Amity.”

The Shoe Project Presents IN OUR SHOES


The Shoe Project presents In Our Shoes, stories of arrival in Canada told through a pair of shoes, by 8 amazing women from around the world. The Royal Society Atlantic sponsors performances bringing together TSP members from Toronto, Halifax and Calgary.

The Shoe Project has performed to standing ovations in Toronto, Calgary, Halifax, and Canmore, Alberta and has been heard on CBC’s The National and Ideas and more.


Date: April 21, 2018
Location: The Guild, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Time: 7.30pm
For tickets, email: [email protected]
*Reception will follow after performance



The Shoe Project was founded in Toronto in 2011, and is directed by novelist Katherine Govier. Its mission is to improve the written and spoken English of women immigrants and refugees, and to make their voices heard in Canada’s national conversation. In 2018 The Shoe Project will hold workshops and performances in Toronto, Canmore, Calgary, Vancouver, Fredericton and Charlottetown.