Final call for The Second Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

First Prize winner will receive a contract for the publication of the winning book along with a $1,500 advance

Pottersfield Press is again looking for submissions from writers who can provide a manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words in any of the following categories: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or virtually any existing or new category that uses the nonfiction medium to tell a story or put forward an idea.

In April of 2018, the winners of the first competition were announced. Lesley Buxton of Penticton, BC won first prize for One Strong Girl: Surviving the Unimaginable – A Mother’s Memoir. Reader’s Digest published an extended excerpt from One Strong Girl in its February 2019 edition of the magazine. Suzanne Stewart of Antigonish, NS won second prize for The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons. Three other authors who submitted to the prize have also had their manuscripts accepted for publication.

The First Prize winner will receive a contract for the publication of the winning book along with a $1,500 advance on 10 percent royalty for all sales. The Second Prize winner will also see the publication of the book and a $1,000 advance on 10 percent royalties.

Deadline is March 31, 2019. Submit your manuscript electronically as a double spaced basic Word document to and include on the title page your name, address and email address. Entry fee is $25 (includes HST) and can be paid by Interac Transfer (also to or by cheque made out to Pottersfield Press mailed to 248 Leslie Rd. East Lawrencetown, NS  B2Z 1T4 Canada  after the manuscript has been submitted by email.

Pottersfield Press is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2019 and has published over 200 books by some of Canada’s finest writers. More information about our titles can be found at


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Lesley Choyce is the author of 87 books. He runs Pottersfield Press and has been teaching English and Creative Writing at Dalhousie for over thirty years. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Ann Connor Brimer Award and has been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal and the Governor General's Award.

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