RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $2,500
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2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Join us for a celebration of the 2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award on May 28 at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, where we'll announce this year's $10,000 winner. Established in memory of writer Bronwen Wallace, this award has a track record of identifying future Canadian writing stars. Alternating each year between short fiction and poetry, the 2018 prize will be given for an outstanding work of unpublished short fiction. Three finalists will be announced on May 2.

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Ceremony
Monday, May 28, 2018
Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria, Royal Conservatory of Music
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

2018 Jury

2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award jurors

Martha Baillie
is a poet and author of six novels, including The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, which was an O Magazine editors’ pick, and The Incident Report, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her poems have appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire, and The Antigonish Review. Baillie studied at the Sorbonne and travelled extensively through parts of Asia before returning to Toronto, where she lives and works for the Toronto Public Library.

Omar El Akkad’s debut novel, American War, was a finalist for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the 2018 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. As a journalist, he has received a National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. El Akkad lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ayelet Tsabari’s debut story collection, The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Excerpts from her forthcoming memoir, The Art of Leaving, have won a National Magazine Award, a Western Magazine Award, and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Tsabari is a finalist for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize. She lives in Toronto.

2017 Event Photos




Works by past winners and finalists are available for free on iBooks at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace.

You can also read the 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award finalists' poetry in pdf or listen to a reading from their collections below: 

About the Award

Bronwen WallaceThe RBC Bronwen Wallace Award is open to writers under the age of 35 and unpublished in book form. Alternating each year between poetry and short fiction, the 2016 award will be given for an exceptional short story. The $5,000 award is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in developing artists to help build their professional careers. 

In its 20 year history, the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award has distinguished 69 young writers with a nomination and many have gone on to receive literary acclaim. Past winners include Michael Crummey, Stephanie Bolster, Alissa York, Sonnet L’Abbe, Alison Pick, Marjorie Celona, Garth Martens, and most recently, Alessandra Naccarato.

Bronwen Wallace was a poet, short story writer, and mentor to many young writers as a creative writing instructor at Queen's University and St. Lawrence College in Kingston. This prize was established in her honour in 1994 by a group of friends and colleagues. Wallace felt that writers should receive greater recognition early in their careers and so this annual award is given to a writer below the age of 35 who has published poetry or prose in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies, but has not yet been published in book form.

About RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. RBC is one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services, and capital markets products and services on a global basis. The company has over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector, and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S., and 37 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments, sponsorships, and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, RBC contributed more than $121 million to causes around the world, including more than $4.3 million to 167 arts and cultural organizations supporting local, national, and international initiatives. More than 3,200 artists from many genres participated in the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which focuses on artists in the early stages of their careers.





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