The winners of the Third Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction have been determined! Second place has been awarded to Luc Desroches of Dieppe, New Brunswick, and first place has been awarded to Emily Taylor Smith of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Emily Taylor Smith's winning entry is No Thanks, I Want to Walk: Two Months on Foot Around New Brunswick and the Gaspé about her long-distance trek of self-discovery and adventure. Second place went to Luc Desroches for his most timely manuscript, Working From Home for a Harmonious Life. Both are slated for publication in the coming year.

Congratulations, Emily and Luc!

Submit to the Fourth Annual Pottersfield Prize! 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. 

The First Prize winner will receive a contract for the publication of the winning book along with a $1500 advance on 10% royalty for all sales. The Second Prize winner will also see the publication of the book and a $1000 advance on 10% royalties. 

Deadline is March 31, 2021 but early submissions are encouraged.

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.

One Strong Girl by S. Lesley Buxton
The Tides of Time by Suzanne Stewart
Green Ghost, Blue Ocean by Jennifer M. Smith

Previous winners:


First Prize: S. Lesley Buxton for One Strong Girl: Surviving the Unimaginable – A Mother's Memoir

Second Prize: Suzanne Stewart for The Tides of Time: A Nova Scotia Book of Seasons


First Prize: Jennifer M. Smith for Green Ghost, Blue Ocean: No Fixed Address

Second Prize: Odette Barr for Teaching at the Top of the World

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