Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator

The Writers’ Collective is seeking a self-directed, motivated individual to manage programs and administer the organization as we develop programs and partnerships to grow our membership and funding base.


The Program Coordinator is our only paid staff position, and is responsible for organizing and administering our programs. Key responsibilities include:

  • Managing the application and reporting for our operating grant from Manitoba Heritage
  • Co-ordinating writing contests twice a year, including working with sponsors, processing submissions, recruiting judges and planning an awards night
  • Working with volunteers

Let the 2014 Fall Contests Begin!

Here we go…


This year’s Non-Fiction theme, as chosen by our judges,





The Winnipeg Free Press / Writers’ Collective

Fall Non-Fiction and Poetry Contests

Non-Fiction Theme: Feeling Alien

(Feel free to interpret the theme however you choose.)

Judges: Julie Carl, Deputy Editor, Winnipeg Free Press &

Anne Mahon, author of The Lucky Ones


(Topic and style of your choice, up to 3 pages)

Judges: Poets Kelly Anne Riess & (another

Library Out Loud!

Winnipeg’s Favourite Sunday afternoon Open Mic, LOL, resumes Sunday, September 28, 2014. 1:30 – 3:30 pm in Millennium Library’s TD New and Noted Room, 351 Donald Avenue, Downtown.

Email us at: to sign up for your three minute spot!

2014 Writing Contest Results

The Winnipeg Free Press and the Writers’ Collective of Manitoba are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 short fiction – adult, & junior and senior student categories, and Marie Barton postcard fiction writing contests.

Short Fiction (Adult category):

1st place $200: Judy Major for “Waiting”

2nd place $150: Alexander Kapkey for “Number One Premium”

3rd place $100: Russell Dew for “Beware Caregiver”

Short Fiction (Senior Student category):

1st place $150: Evan MacNeil for “A Grave Reflection”

2nd place …

2014 Awards Gala

Come out and Celebrate Writing!

Hosted by the Writers Collective Board of Directors, the 2014 Spring Short Fiction and Postcard Fiction Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, June 25th at 7pm in the Carol Shields Auditorium at the Millennium Library.

Say tuned – winners will be announced soon.…

Pitch to the Publisher!

Pitch to the Publisher, happens on May 31st at 1 pm in the Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, the first annual opportunity for you to ten lucky lottery winners to pitch their book ideas in front of three Manitoba based publishers, and an open audience.

The participating publishers have now been confirmed and we are so pleased to welcome

Gord Shillingford from J Gord Shillingford Publications

Jamis Paulson from Turnstone Press

and Catharina de Bakker from Great Plains Publications

Pitchers will have three …

Winnipeg Free Press / Writers’ Collective Spring Contests DEADLINE SUNDAY

There’s still time to get in your Short  Fiction (for adults and students) and Marie Barton Postcard Fiction!

The entry deadline is SUNDAY MAY 4, 2014 at MIDNIGHT


Short Fiction

Adult: 1st place $200; 2nd place $150; 3rd place $100.

Senior student: 1st place $150; 2nd place $100; 3rd place $50.

Junior student: 1st place $150; 2nd place $100; 3rd place $50.

+ one Human Spirit Award, $100 (from both Student categories)

Marie Barton Postcard

Inside Publishing: The Bios, part Deux


I know you were all excitedly awaiting this second batch! If you’re like me, you love the biographies, so here’s more to satisfy your craving :)


Inside Publishing is happening Saturday April 12, 2014, 11am – 3:30pm, Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

All Sessions Moderated by Joanne Kelly


After a short lunch break to feed those who are staying all day, the fun resumes with Poetry: 1:30 pm featuring, Kristian Enright.

Winner of both the 2013 John Hirsch

Inside Publishing: The Biographies, part One


As promised, here are the beautiful biographies of our sensational authors and publishers speaking at this year’s Inside Publishing!


IP happens Saturday April 12, 2014, 11am – 3:30pm, Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

All Sessions Moderated by the wonderful Joanne Kelly! 


The morning will start with Graphic Novels: 11 am, featuring David Alexander Robertson

David is a Swampy Cree, is a bestselling graphic novelist and writer. He focuses on educating youth about indigenous history and contemporary …

Inside Publishing – A Slight Change

Hello there writerlies,


Good news and Bad news for you today.

The Bad news is Anita is not able to make it tomorrow. She’s a bit under the weather after her eye surgery this week and won’t be able to make it out for tomorrow’s Inside Publishing. We’re sorry to miss out, but do wish her a speedy recovery!

The Good news is Deborah Froese, another up and coming Peanut Butter Press author is all set to go.


Look see:

Deborah Froese is …