RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Winner: $5,000; Finalists: $1,000
“Re-Origin of Species"
A writer, performer, and teacher based in Vancouver, Naccarato is currently completing an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She has toured nationally and internationally as a spoken word artist and worked with youth across the country.
“Who I Think About When I Think About You”
Ali is a free-verse poet and short story writer based in Toronto. His work has appeared in the anthologies Underground Inspirationsand West of What We Know. Outside of his craft, Irfan keeps himself busy as a teacher, program manager, and DJ.
Yang is currently completing a doctorate in law at the University of Windsor. Her writing has appeared in Prism International,Contemporary Verse 2, Filling Station,Room, Grain, and on several CBC radio broadcasts. She is the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards.
Read Prize-Nominated Poetry
Poetry by each finalist is available for free download on iBooks at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace (along with featured works of past years' finalists).
You can also read the nominated works in PDF.
2015 Event Photos
About the Award
The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award is open to writers under the age of 35 and unpublished in book form.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 2015 award was given for an exceptional work of poetry. 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, Jeramy Dodds, 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.
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