RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $2,500
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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 Alternating each year between short fiction and poetry, the 2018 prize was given for an outstanding work of unpublished short fiction. 

2018 Winner

Maria Reva “The Ermine Coat” 2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace finalist

Maria Reva
The Ermine Coat”


Maria Reva “The Ermine Coat” 2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace finalist

Maria Reva is currently a fiction fellow at the Michener Center for Writers based in Austin, Texas. She is at work on a linked story collection set in Soviet Ukraine. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Tin House Flash Fridays, The Journey Prize Stories, and The Best American Short Stories 2017. Reva was born in Ukraine and grew up in Vancouver.


Sarah Christina BrownSarah Christina Brown
“Kingdom Come”

Sarah Christina Brown’s writing has appeared on the CBC Short Story Prize longlist and is published or forthcoming in PRISM International, The Dalhousie Review, EVENT, Room, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Literary Juice. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s Creative Writing MA program and a former member of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She lives in New Westminster, BC.


Khalida HassanKhalida Hassan
“Adjacent Rooms”

Khalida Hassan is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program, where she completed a short story collection called Complicit for her thesis. The stories in Complicit deal with themes of surveillance and digitally-mediated communications. Hassan has travelled extensively working in development, education, and literary outreach. She now lives in Toronto, where she works as a literary assistant.


Read works by Bronwen Wallace Award winners and finalists for free on iBooks at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace.

You can also read the 2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award finalist stories by downloading the PDF booklet.

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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.

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 2018 award will be given for an exceptional short story. The $10,000 award is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in developing artists to help build their professional careers. 

Since it was established in 1994, the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award has recognized 78 young writers with a nomination, many of whom have gone on to receive literary acclaim. Past winners include Michael Crummey, Alissa York, Sonnet L’Abbé, Alison Pick, Marjorie Celona, and, most recently, Noor Naga. The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award is one of ten literary prizes awarded annually by the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

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 have more opportunities for 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. RBC 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 United States, and 37 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.‎
Since 2003, RBC’s investments in arts organizations have exceeded $72 million. Since 2015, over 8,000 artists have been supported through Emerging Artists programs. In 2017, the RBC Foundation donated $7.3 million as part of the Emerging Artists Project to over 130 organizations in Canada, helping to bridge the gap for over 2,700 emerging artists.
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