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2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Poetry Finalists

Writers’ Trust Commends Three Young Poets

Poetry Finalists and Increased Prize Purse Announced for RBC Bronwen Wallace Award

Toronto – May 2, 2017 –
The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced the finalists for a literary award known for discovering and promoting the brightest up-and-coming young writers in Canada.

The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers rewards writers who are under age 35 and unpublished in book form. Alternating each year between poetry and short fiction, the award is given this year to the author of an exceptional series of poems, and RBC has generously doubled the prize money to $10,000 from $5,000. The award is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which supports up-and-coming artists to help them gain national recognition as they bridge the gap from academic world to career. The winner will be announced on May 30 at an event at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music hosted by poet and previous winner Laura Clarke.

A jury composed of poets Adèle Barclay, Stuart Ross, and Moez Surani read 140 anonymous submissions to select three finalists:

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 Vallum, carte blanche, PRISM international, CV2, The Winnipeg Review, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Martinello is completing an MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Toronto.

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 fiction has appeared in The Puritan, Hart House Review, Muftah, 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.

The finalists will each receive $2,500 (up from $1,000 in previous years) and the opportunity to be mentored by a poetry editor, including feedback on their writing and guidance on their career development.

Starting today the nominated poems by each finalist, along with featured works of past years’ finalists, are available for free download exclusively on iBooks at

“Having honoured many young Canadian writers at the start of their careers, this prize has helped dozens of recipients gain financial footing so that they can focus on their writing.” said Mary Osborne, Executive Director, Writers’ Trust of Canada. “We’re excited to be able to double the prize money this year thanks to RBC’s generous support.

About Bronwen Wallace

Bronwen Wallace

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 the Award

Since it was established in 1994, the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award has recognized 75 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, Jeramy Dodds, Marjorie Celona, and, most recently, Brendan Bowles.

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

In 2016, RBC supported over 2,000 artists, investing over $4.2 million in 160 organizations in a wide range of art genres. Support is focused on artists in the early stages of their careers through the RBC Emerging Artists Project. Cumulatively, over 7,000 artists are now part of our RBC Emerging Artists alumni.

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About the Writers’ Trust of Canada

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs including literary awards, a fellowship, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.


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