New website coming soon!

The Writers’ Collective is preparing to launch its new website in August. This new site will be updated to provide a fresh new look and access to information for our members! Look for it soon. The Writers’ Collective thanks The Winnipeg Foundation in its support for this endeavour.



Contest gala coming August 5!

The winners of the Winnipeg Free Press/Writers’ Collective Spring Short Fiction and Marie Barton Postcard Fiction Contests will be reading their work at an awards gala on Friday, August 5, at 6 p.m. at McNally Robinson in the Atrium. Categories include Adult, Senior Student and Junior Student fiction as well as postcard stories. We invite all to attend!


Contest winners announced!

We thank all those who participated in the Winnipeg Free Press / Writers’ Collective Short Fiction and Marie Barton Postcard Fiction contest!
Our judges have done an amazing job and believe us, it wasn’t easy with so many wonderful entries!

And the winners are:

Adult Short Fiction
First Place: Shayne Ostrowski for Cruise
Second Place: Raakel Peter for Ms. Veronika
Third Place: Linda Lafontaine for Annabelle

Senior Student Short Fiction
First Place: Jenica Sul for Musings About Death
Second Place: Niina Dubik for In Between

The Writers’ Collective welcomes new board members!

The 2015-16 Writers’ Collective board welcomes Kristen Harris and Heaven-Lee Lundberg. Kristen is an actress, writer, and active member of the Winnipeg film community. She writes screenplays and non-fiction, and when not involved in the arts works at a Winnipeg law firm. Heaven-Lee is an aspiring author and a a full-time student majoring in Rhetoric Communications and Writing. She is currently a respite worker for Child and Family Services.

Returning to the board this year are Eve Dutton, President; Sarah Vaage, Vice-President; and Michael Hutchinson, …






Short Fiction (adult): 1st place $200; 2nd place $150; 3rd place $100.

Short Fiction (senior student): 1st place $150; 2nd place $100; 3rd place $50.

Short Fiction (junior student): 1st place $150; 2nd place $100; 3rd place $50.

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

Marie Barton Postcard Fiction: 1st place …

Winnipeg Free Press / The Writers’ Collective Non-Fiction and Poetry Contest

Entry Deadline Has Been Extended to:  Midnight Sunday, November  15th                  



Non-Fiction 1st Place:  $500.00

Non-Fiction 2nd Place:  $300.00

Non-Fiction 3rd Place:  $100.00

Poetry 1st Place:    $150.00

Poetry 2nd Place:  $100.00

Poetry 3rd Place:  $50.00

All winning Non-Fiction entries will be published in the Winnipeg Free Press

All winning entries and honourable mentions will also receive a one-year Writers’ Collective membership.


Writers’ Collective Members – $10.00

Non-Members $20.00

Evaluations:  $50.00 Non-Fiction, $25.00 Poetry


  • Email is preferred.  However, if you must mail in

2015 Writing Contest Results

The Winnipeg Free Press and the Writers’ Collective of Manitoba are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 non-fiction and poetry contest


1st place $500: Adriano Magnifico for “The Flexed Arm Hang”

2nd place $300: Conni Cartlidge for “A Wind of Change”

3rd place $100: Eleanor Penner for “On the Move Again”

Honourable Mentions:  Lawrence M. Pinsker for “The Angel of Loss”

Judy Millar for “Lumpenboob”


Poetry :

1st place $150: Kelly Nickie for “Chip Crumbs”


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.…

Winnipeg Free Press / Writers’ Collective Spring Contests


Due to an error in the last Free Press advertisement listing our address at 245 Lombard rather than McDermot, there’s still time to get in your Short  Fiction (for adults and students) and Marie Barton Postcard Fiction!

The new entry deadline is  MONDAY, MAY 30, 2015 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

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