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Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

July 1, 2024
Winners Announced in the Seventh Annual
Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

The winners of the Seventh Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction are co-authors James MacDuff and Mirriam Mweemba in first place for The Illogical Adventure and Matthew R. Anderson in second place for Someone Else’s Saint

The Illogical Adventure recounts the story of an unlikely cross-cultural, cross-continental romance between two independent-minded travellers during the Covid pandemic and beyond. Mirriam Mweemba is from the small village of Batoka in Zambia and James MacDuff is a Maritimer who grew up in Moncton and has called Halifax home for over twenty years. The memoir is told from each of their perspectives in an alternating fashion.

In Someone Else's Saint, seasoned walker and historian Matthew Anderson, hoping to uncover the elusive Saint Ninian, treks the traditional Scottish pilgrim ways associated with the saint, only to find that the trail leads to Nova Scotia, where Ninian's story intertwines with Acadian, Mi'kmaw, Loyalist, and Gaelic history. Matthew R. Anderson grew up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, spent almost 35 years in Montreal and now lives in Pomquet, Nova Scotia.

Both books will be published by Pottersfield Press in 2025.

Seventh Annual Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction 

Now Accepting Submissions

For the eighth annual 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 $1000 advance on 10% royalty for all sales. The Second Prize winner will also see the publication of the book and a $800 advance on 10% royalties. 

Deadline is April 30, 2025, but early submissions are encouraged.

Manuscripts can be submitted electronically as a double-spaced basic Word document to:

including a title page with name, address and email contact.

Entry fee is $25 (includes HST) and can be paid by Interac Transfer (also to, PayPal or by cheque made out to Pottersfield Press mailed to 248 Leslie Road,  East Lawrencetown, NS  B2Z 1T4 Canada after the manuscript has been submitted by email.

Winners will be announced on June 30, 2025.

Previous Winners

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