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Maria Reva 2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award winner

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Maria Reva wins RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Toronto – May 29, 2018 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced that Maria Reva is the winner of this year’s $10,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The award spotlights Canada’s most talented developing writers and has a proven track record for discovering and promoting the brightest young writers in Canada.

Maria RevaMaria Reva won the award for her short story “The Ermine Coat.” She is currently a fiction fellow at the Michener Center for Writers based in Austin, Texas. Reva 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 29, and The Best American Short Stories 2017. Reva was born in Ukraine and grew up in Vancouver.

The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award recognizes writers who are under 35 and unpublished in book form, and alternates each year between poetry and short fiction. It is supported by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project, which supports up-and-coming artists to help them build their professional careers. The award was presented at an event at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music hosted by past finalist Grace O’Connell.

A jury composed of writers Martha Baillie, Omar El Akkad, and Ayelet Tsabari read 171 anonymous submissions. Their citation reads:

Set in Ukraine and told in the voice of a young girl, “The Ermine Coat” is a deeply moving story of a family — two women who sew fur coats for a living and the daughters they raise together. With elegant, nuanced prose, brimming with beauty and tenderness, Maria Reva sheds light on the social and economic pressures of Soviet life and reveals the joys and fragilities of familial love, and the sacrifices we make for it.

Prize money of $2,500 went to each of the two finalists:

Sarah Christina BrownSarah Christina Brown
for “Kingdom Come”

Khalida HassanKhalida Hassan
for “Adjacent Rooms”

Each of the nominated writers will receive a mentorship opportunity through which they will receive writing feedback and guidance on career development from an editorial professional in the Canadian publishing industry.

The winning and nominated works of short fiction, along with shortlisted works of recent years’ finalists and winners, are available for free download on iBooks at

About 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 distinguished 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’AbbĂ©, Alison Pick, Marjorie Celona, and, most recently, Noor Naga.

About RBC

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About RBC Emerging Artists Project

RBC’s investments in arts organizations have exceeded $72 million to date. 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 from emerging to established for over 2,700 emerging artists.

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, 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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