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 Alternating each year between short fiction and poetry, the 2018 prize will be given for an outstanding work of unpublished short fiction.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.

Monday, May 28, 2018
Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria, Royal Conservatory of Music
273 Bloor St W, Toronto

2017 Winner

Noor Naga 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award poetry finalistNoor Naga
“The Mistress and the Ping”

Noor Naga was born in Philadelphia, raised in Dubai, studied in Toronto, and currently lives in Alexandria, Egypt. Her writing has appeared in The PuritanHart House ReviewMuftah, and The Sultan’s Seal and was shortlisted for Room magazine’s 2015 Fiction Contest. She received a Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s, and the Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman Graduate Scholarship and Avie Bennett Emerging Writers Scholarship from the University of Toronto, where she completed her MA in creative writing. 



Tyler Engstrom 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Poetry finalistTyler Engström
“after thoughts”

Tyler Engström is a writer from Calgary, finishing his BA at Mount Royal University. Now a freelance copywriter and content creator, he was previously a music reviewer for local publications. He began writing poetry under the guidance of Micheline Maylor, the current poet laureate of Calgary. Engström has been published in FreeFall and Freq Magazine.


Domenica Martinello 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award poetry finalistDomenica Martinello
“All Day I Dream About Sirens”

Domenica Martinello, from Montreal, is the author of the poetry chapbook Interzones. She is also an interviews editor for CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts). Recent poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Vallumcarte blanchePRISM internationalCV2The Winnipeg Review, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Martinello is completing an MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Toronto.




The nominated poems by each finalist, along with featured works of past years’ finalists, are available for free download 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: 


A jury composed of poets read 140 anonymous submissions to select three 2017 finalists. 

2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Jury Adèle Barclay, Stuart Ross, and Moez Surani

Adèle Barclay’s writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, PRISM international, The Literary Review of Canada, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 Walrus Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, is a 2017 finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award. She is the interviews editor at The Rusty Toque, a poetry ambassador for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, and the 2017 critic-in-residence for CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts). She lives in Vancouver.

Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, teacher, and small press activist living in Cobourg, Ontario. He is the prize-winning author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, most recently the poetry collection A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent. His novel in prose poems, Pockets, will be published by ECW Press this fall. Ross has given readings and taught writing workshops across the country, and was the 2010 writer-in-residence at Queen’s University. He won the 2017 Battle of the Bards at the Harbourfront Centre. Ross blogs at bloggamooga.blogspot.ca.

Moez Surani’s poetry has been published widely in Canada and abroad, including in Harper's Magazine, The Walrus, Best American Experimental Writing, and Best Canadian Poetry (2013 and 2014). He is the author of three poetry books: Reticent Bodies, Floating Life, and most recently, Operations, a globe-spanning inventory of the contemporary rhetoric of violence. Surani is the recipient of a 2017 Académie de la Vie Littéraire Prize, the 2010 Antigonish Review's Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize, and a 2008 Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. He 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 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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