Kemosa Scholarship

We are delighted to announce the WINNERS of the 1st Annual Kemosa Scholarship for Indigenous, Metis and Inuit Mothers Who Write: 

1st Prize $1000 – Rhonda Gladue – Edmonton

2nd Prize $500-  Catherine Lafferty – Yellowknife

3rd Prize  $250 – Brittany Johnson – Beaumont

Honourable Mention – Paige Cardinal – Edmonton

Thank you so much for all the wonderful submissions.  We can’t wait to read more of your stories.



As a writer and mother of three young children, I understand how difficult it is to find time to write. Financial constraints can make this time even more difficult. I am fortunate enough, however, to also be a physician. Therefore, it is my hope to help those who also have a love of writing.

We, in partnership with renown author Richard Van Camp, are proud to announce the launch of the Kemosa Scholarship for Indigenous, Metis and Inuit Mothers Who Write! This scholarship will award an emerging writer $1,000.00 to focus on her creative writing.

The scholarship is dedicated to these mothers because as a Vietnamese immigrant to Canada, I am fascinated by the stories of this land and its people. I hope this scholarship will help give voice to more women in the Indigenous, Metis and Inuit communities.

If you are an emerging writer living in Canada and are interested in applying for this scholarship, please send a sample of your writing (no more than 15 pages) — either prose, poetry, nonfiction, fiction and/or illustrated literature, eg graphic novel, comic etc. — with a cover letter to 

Deadline for the 1st Annual Kemosa Scholarship: Dec 15/17


Judges will include Tlicho Dene author Richard Van Camp.