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3rd Annual Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Mothers Who Write

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is happy to announce the launch of the 3rd Annual Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Mothers Who Write!

This year, author Jeananne Kirwin and has enthusiastically joined in the effort to help give voice to Indigenous mothers. Together, we share the vision of effecting positive changes in our community through stories.

Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we will award three scholarships this year: 1st place $3000, 2nd place $2000, 3rd place $1000.

We are so happy to welcome back Tlicho Dene author Richard Van Camp and Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis, a proud member of the Nipissing First Nation, as our judges.

Deadline: December 20

Submission Guidelines

If you are an emerging First Nations, Metis or Inuit writer and mother living in Alberta and are interested in applying for the Kemosa Scholarship, please send the following to [email protected]

1.  A sample of your writing (no more than 15 pages) — either prose, poetry, nonfiction, fiction and/or illustrated literature, e.g. graphic novel, comic, etc.
2.  A cover letter describing why the scholarship is important for you.
3.  Previous entrants may resubmit, as long as you have not won a scholarship within 24 months.    
4. The deadline for scholarship submission is December 20, 2019.  Winners will be announced February 2020.

2018 Winners

Winners for the last year’s Kemosa Scholarship included:

  • First Place ($3000):  Falon Christine
  • Second Place ($1500): Amber D. Boyd
  • Third Place ($1000): Shelley Wiart
  • Honourable Mention ($300): Angela Hall
  • Honourable Mention ($300): Kali Stewart

History of the Kemosa Scholarship

The Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Mothers Who Write was launched in 2017 by Nhung Tran-Davies to help aspiring writers focus on their creativity and find time to write, and to help give voice to Indigenous mothers who write. The Kemosa Scholarship awards 3-5 prizes annually.

Nhung Tran-Davies:

As a Vietnamese immigrant to Canada, I am fascinated by the stories of this land and its people. In 2017, after speaking with renowned author Richard Van Camp and learning more about the struggles of Indigenous women, I was moved to found the Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Mothers Who Write.

As a writer and mother of three young children, I know how difficult it is to find time to write. Financial constraints can make this time even more difficult.  Fortunately, I also work as a physician and therefore, I felt that I, in some way, could help my fellow aspiring writers focus on her creativity, to help give voice  to Indigenous mothers who write.

In its first year, my intention was to award $1000 scholarship to an emerging Indigenous writer, but because of the high calibre of the submissions, I, in the end, awarded scholarship funds to four emerging writers.

1st Prize $1000 – Rhonda Gladue – Edmonton
2nd Prize $500-  Catherine Lafferty – Yellowknife
3rd Prize  $250 – Brittany Johnson – Beaumont
Honourable Mention – Paige Cardinal – Edmonton

Co-Sponsors:

  • Writers’ Guild of Alberta
  • Jeananne Kirwin, LLP
  • Nhung Tran-Davies

2 Responses to 3rd Annual Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Mothers Who Write

  1. Kimberly October 15, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

    Is there anything like this for BC? I’m from Alberta n love to write n want to be heard. Just wanting to know if I can do this through someone in BC

    • wgastaff October 16, 2019 at 9:27 am #

      Hi Kimberly,

      I made some inquiries but as far as we know, there isn’t an equivalent to the Kemosa Scholarship in BC at this time.

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