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Awards: R.W. Gray, Sue Goyette, Gary L. Saunders win 2016 East Coast Literary Awards

Award finalist Mark Jarman, fiction winner Robert Gray, and finalist Phillip Crymble, all part of the UNB English Department.

Fiction finalist Mark Anthony Jarman, fiction winner Robert Gray, and poetry finalist Phillip Crymble, all members of the UNB English Department.


The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia announced the winners of this year’s East Coast Literary Awards at a ceremony at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on June 4.

The winners were selected by peer assessment juries from a pool of 68 eligible submissions.

University of New Brunswick English professor and writer R.W. Gray won the $25,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for his sophomore short-story collection, Entropic (NeWest Press).

Nova Scotia poet and novelist Sue Goyette was awarded the $2,000 J.M Abraham Poetry Award for her 2015 collection, The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl (Gaspereau Press).

And Nova Scotia-based Gary L. Saunders was the recipient of the $2,000 Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award for his autobiography, My Life With Trees (Gaspereau).