Submissions open for 7th Annual Awards!


Check our Eligibility Page first, then get your publisher to send us two copies of eligible books along with the 2021 Entry form (you can also send the copies yourself). We want to celebrate your literary achievements.

The deadline is December 1, 2021!


New Brunswick Book Awards winners announced  

May 6, 2021 - The Fiddlehead and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick announced the winners New Brunswick Book Awards for outstanding works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry published in 2020 and for children’s picture books, published in 2019 and 2020, during a virtual awards presentation ceremony May 6.

The winners are as follows:


Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction: Riel Nason, Quispamsis, Waiting under Water (Scholastic Canada Ltd.)

The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize: Allan Cooper, Riverview, Waiting for the Small Ship of Desire (Pottersfield Press)


Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Nonfiction: Philip Lee, Fredericton, Restigouche: The Long Run of the Wild River (Goose Lane Editions)


The Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing: Marla Lesage (writer and illustrator), Lincoln, We Wear Masks (Orca Book Publishers)

Quick Facts


>   Picture Books
>   Fiction
>   Poetry
>   Nonfiction


Books published between January 1 and December 31 of the given prize year. 


For more details about eligibility, please see "Eligibility" tab above.

Our next award submission period is (for best books published in 2020) is now open! Check our Eligibility Page first, then send two copies of eligible books along with the 2021 Entry form to:

>   New Brunswick Book Awards

​     c/o The Fiddlehead

​     Campus House

     11 Garland Court UNB

     PO Box 4400

     Fredericton, NB

     E3B 5A3


>   For all queries, please click here

     to email.


The NB Book Awards Committee


     Rayanne Brennan, WFNB

     Rhonda Bulmer, WFNB

     Rosalyn Hyslop, WFNB


     Ross Leckie, The Fiddlehead


     Ian LeTourneau, The Fiddlehead




are co-administered and co-sponsored by The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada's International Journal and the Writers' Federation of New Brunsiwck. For prize sponsorships or other partnerships, please contact us!


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