RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Winner: $5,000; Finalists: $1,000
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The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers rewards writers who are under age 35 and unpublished in book form.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, this year's award was given for an exceptional work of short fiction. The $5,000 award is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in developing artists to help build their professional careers. Two finalists each received $1,000.
Erin Frances Fisher, “Girl”
A visceral tale guaranteed to make you shiver, "Girl" reminds us of the truth that humans are more than blood and bone. With a surprising and perfect ending, flawless sentences throughout, and a consistently realistic tone, this short story is as vast and satisfying as a great novel. Erin Frances Fisher is a writer you will see again.
Erin Frances Fisher holds a BFA in writing and an MFA in fiction from the University of Victoria. Her stories have been shortlisted and won prizes from The Malahat Review and PRISM international. Her work has also been published in Riddle Fence, Little Fiction, and Granta. Erin is an award-winning pianist and a faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Leah Jane Esau, “Dream Interpretation”
Compressed and expansive at the same time, "Dream Interpretation" is a story that will leave you both completely satisfied and wanting more. Each new revelation is surprising and disturbing, as Leah Jane Esau skilfully doles out the backstory and brings her characters to life. Nothing is what it seems, least of all dreams.
Leah Jane Esau is a playwright and fiction writer based in Montreal, where she recently graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada. Her play Disappeared won the 2012 Pam Dunn Award as well as the 2012 Tom Hendry Award. Leah holds an MA in drama from the University of Toronto and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph.
Jakub Stachurski, “Screen Capture”
In "Screen Capture," Jakub Stachurski deftly explores our tangled digital lives, the way technology shrinks our world and ties us together even while it alienates and isolates us. Concise and sharp, the writing reflects each of us in its world of omnipresent screens and monitors.
Jakub Stachurski is a freelance writer who divides his time between Montreal and Toronto. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Concordia University, where he received an Irving Layton Award for poetry. His work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine and Alt.theatre magazine. Along with Aaron Fitzpatrick and Herb Mathisen, he runs the blog Sophisticated Pulp.
The winner was announced on May 27, 2014, at an event hosted by Michael Crummey, a novelist, poet, and the inaugural winner of this award. The prize founder, poet Carolyn Smart, spoke about Bronwen Wallace and the impact of the award established in her name.
All three stories are available for free download on iBooks at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace.
About the Award
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, Jeramy Dodds, Marjorie Celona, Garth Martens, and most recently, Laura Clarke.
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.
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