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Noor Naga 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers poetry winner for The Mistress and the Ping

Writers’ Trust Names Next Star of Canadian Poetry

Noor Naga wins RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Toronto – May 30, 2017 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced that Noor Naga 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, giving them significant funding, exposure, and mentorship opportunities. It has a proven track record for discovering and promoting the brightest young writers in Canada.

Noor Naga 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award poetry finalist

Naga won the award for her poem “The Mistress and the Ping.” Her writing 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. She currently lives in Alexandria, Egypt.

The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award recognizes writers who are under 35 and unpublished in book form, and alternates each year between poetry and short fiction.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 Emerging Artists Project, which invests in up-and-coming artists to help build their professional careers. The award was presented at an event at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music hosted by Laura Clarke, who won the prize in 2013.

Laura Clarke, 2013 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Winner

A jury composed of poets Adèle Barclay, Stuart Ross, and Moez Surani selected the winner from 140 anonymous submissions. Their citation reads:

“The Mistress and the Ping" is constructed from exhilarating, mile-a-minute prose poems that are fresh, provocative, and often funny. These visceral pieces take surprising hairpin turns, pulling the reader through proclamations, inquiries, and bursts of self-doubt. Noor Naga achieves all this with a language that is rich and sensory, and a visually rigid structure that counter-intuitively unfolds to allow a multiplicity of pacing and play.”

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

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

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

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

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

“We are very excited to be able to double the grand prize purse this year to $10,000, a sum large enough to make a difference and buy some extra writing time,” said Mary Osborne, Executive Director, Writers’ Trust of Canada.

“Thanks to the ever-generous support of RBC, these three young writers have gained confidence via peer recognition and an important mentorship with industry leaders Michael Holmes, executive editor at ECW Press; Kevin Connolly, poetry editor at House of Anansi Press; and past Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize winner Ken Babstock, who sits on the poetry board at McClelland & Stewart. As has happened many times before, we expect these finalists to secure their first book deal in no time.”

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 distinguished 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, Alessandra Naccarato and, most recently, Brendan Bowles.

About RBC

Royal Bank of RBC Emerging Artists ProjectCanada 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

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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