Pottersfield Publishing’s Second Annual Creative Non-fiction Contest Has Launched

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

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 non-fiction medium to tell a story or put forward an idea.

In April of 2017, the winners of the first competition were announced: Lesley Buxton of Penticton, BC for One Strong Girl: Surviving the Unimaginable – A Mother’s Memoir and Suzanne Stewart of Antigonish, NS for The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons. Both books are in production for publication this fall.

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. The deadline to submit is March 31, 2019. Pottersfield encourages early submissions.

Pottersfield Press has published such distinguished non-fiction authors as Harold Horwood, Thomas Raddall, Joan Baxter, Neil Peart, Jon Tattrie, Steven Laffoley, Lindsay Ruck, Jim Lotz, Claire Mowat, Harry Thurston and many others. In an effort to further enhance its creative non-fiction publishing program it created an annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction.

Submit your manuscript electronically as a double spaced basic Word document to pottersfieldcreative@gmail.com and include on the title page your name, address and email address. The entry fee is $25 (includes HST) and can be paid by Interac Transfer (also to pottersfieldcreative@gmail.com) 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 will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2019 and has published more than 200 books by some of Canada’s finest writers. More information about our titles can be found on at pottersfieldpress.com.

Written By

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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