RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Winner: $5,000; Finalists: $1,000
Congratulations to this year's short story finalists, selected from 131 submissions by a jury composed of fiction writers Eden Robinson, Johanna Skibsrud, and Michael V. Smith.
Join us for a party in celebration of our three short fiction finalists, and find out the $5,000 winner June 8 in Toronto.
Brendan Bowles for “Wyatt Thurst”
Brendan Bowles has won the Toronto Star Short Story Award, has been nominated for the Disquiet International Literature Award, and was longlisted in the Broken Social Scene Story Contest and for the CBC Short Story Prize. He was one of two writers nominated by PEN Canada for PEN International’s New Voices Award in 2013. Bowles lives in Toronto.
Allegra McKenzie for “This Monstrous Heart”
Allegra McKenzie is a writer based in Wakefield, Quebec, in the Gatineau Hills. She placed first in the 2014 Quebec Writing Competition, and her short fiction has been published in Geist, Maisonneuve, and Salut King Kong: New English Writing from Quebec. McKenzie is co-owner of Point, a writing and editing business.
Hannah Rahimi for “With My Scarf Tied Just So”
Hannah Rahimi grew up in Toronto. She earned an MA from Concordia University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. She has published short fiction in Cosmonauts Avenue and Drain Magazine.
Read Prize-Nominated Stories
Along with featured works of past years’ finalists, this year's nominated short fiction is available for free download exclusively on iBooks at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace.
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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The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award is open to writers under the age of 35 and unpublished in book form.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 2016 award will be given for an exceptional short story. 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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