Winter in the Bay

Art exhibit at the CEC

From January 23 to February 23, 2023 art by members of PCAFA will be on display at the CEC. The art is there to enjoy, but also to serve as inspiration for community members’ writing pieces. In addition to being available to view in person, art is also  displayed on Facebook. Most of the art is available to purchase. Please email for information. 

Art exhibit online

Visit the online gallery at the Winter in the Bay Facebook page . Contact for information on purchasing artwork.

Writing contest & story sharing

All stories submitted to Winter in the Bay must select one of the pieces of art on display in this year’s art exhibit as their inspiration or illustration for their story. Writers may choose to submit a nonfiction essay or a fictional short story on the  topic of “Winter in the Bay: Coming Home.” Writers may submit only one story per category, but are welcome to submit in both story categories. See Winter in the Bay on Facebook for details on how to enter.

Winter in the Bay 2022 writing contest winners
A big thanks to everyone who submitted nonfiction essays and short fiction to last year’s Winter in the Bay art exhibit and writing contest, presented by the St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre, the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts and The Masthead News. More than 50 stories were submitted. All the art in the exhibit and writing pieces submitted will be included in the Winter in the Bay 2022 book, which will be published in February 2023.

Nonfiction essays
First place, adult (tie): Jessi Fillmore, Twila Johnson
Third place, adult: Michelle Hollett
Special recognition, child: Katie Howard

Short fiction
First place, adult (tie): Margo Mosher-Swain, Baleigh McWade
Third place: Beth Sherwood
First place, teen: Laurel Davies
First place, child: Bannon Doucette
Second place, child: Sydney Power
Third place, child: Will Black
Honourable mention, child:
Willa Arenburg
Esmond Davis
Sophie Lizotte

Writing tips from a pro

Sometimes the empty page or the blank screen can paralyze us. So here’s some advice from that wonderful Newfoundland writer and now Halifax resident Donna Morrissey: “Don’t agonize about or over-think the process of writing. Just get started. Get the story out.”

Read More »

Writing examples

Writing examples with illustrating works from the 2021 Winter in the Bay art show. Examples include non-fiction story “Feeding a Family in the Depression” by Linda Mosher with accompanying painting “Frozen Lake” by Mary Lynn Mackay, and fiction story “Entertaining Angels” by Alanna Dunne with accompanying painting “Waiting in the Snow” by Karen Llewellyn.

Unit 1 – 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road
Upper Tantallon, NS
B3Z 4R9

9AM-4PM, Monday to Friday, excluding holidays

(902) 826-1680


© 2021 St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre |  PRIVACY POLICY