6th Annual Kemosa Scholarship Now Open for Submissions!

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta and Nhung Tran-Davies are happy to announce the launch of the 6th Annual Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Mothers Who Write!

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

Our vision is to effect positive changes in our community through stories.

We are so happy to welcome back Tlicho Dene author Richard Van Camp, Nicole Harrish and Jacqueline Guest as this year’s judges!

Deadline: December 16

Submission Guidelines:

If you are an emerging First Nations, Métis 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 16, 2022. Winners will be announced in early 2023.

2022 Winners

Winners for the 5th Annual Kemosa Scholarship included:

  • First Place ($3000):  Lareina Abbott – Pchit – Little One
  • Second Place ($2000): Amber Boyd – Spirit Bead 
  • Third Place($1000): Apryl Gladue –the assertion of truth in our bones (and other poems)
  • Honourable Mention ($500):  Sandra Lamouche – ᐊᐸᑯᓯᐢ Apakosis
  • Honourable Mention ($500):  Shirley Cire – Sleigh Ride (and other poems)


History of the Kemosa Scholarship

The Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis 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.

Our Gratitude



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