One prize ($1000) is awarded every two years for a book of poetry that was written by a full-time resident of Nova Scotia and published or distributed for the first time in Canada in the two years prior to the submission deadline.
The Nova Scotia Poetry Award was established in 2020 through the efforts of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and poets from across the province, who raised funds to biennially honour the best book of poetry by a Nova Scotia writer. In 2021, the prize was named for poet Maxine Tynes (1949 – 2011) and received additional support from the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union, the Province of Nova Scotia’s African Nova Scotian Affairs, and Dalhousie University’s Department of English. The greatest benefactor of the prize was Dr. Afua Cooper, who generously donated the protégé portion of her 2020 Portia White Prize.
For further information, including past winners, please visit the WFNS webpage for this Award.