RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $2,500
Supported by

RBC Emerging Artists Project

Save the date: 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry

Alternating each year between short fiction and poetry, the 2017 award will be given for an outstanding work of poetry. Three $2,500 finalists will be announced via press release on May 2.

Join us as we award the grand prize winner with $10,000 at a ceremony in Toronto on May 30. The reception begins at 5:30pm with finalist readings starting at 6:15pm.

2017 Jury

Adele Barclay 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace JurorAdèle Barclay’s writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, PRISM international, The Literary Review of Canada, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 Walrus Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, is a 2017 finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award. She is the interviews editor at The Rusty Toque, a poetry ambassador for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Rachel Rose, and the 2017 critic-in-residence for CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts). She lives in Vancouver.

Stuart Ross 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace jurorStuart Ross is a writer, editor, teacher, and small press activist living in Cobourg, Ontario. He is the prize-winning author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, most recently the poetry collection A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent. His novel in prose poems, Pockets, will be published by ECW Press this fall. Ross has given readings and taught writing workshops across the country, and was the 2010 writer-in-residence at Queen’s University. He won the 2017 Battle of the Bards at the Harbourfront Centre. Ross blogs at bloggamooga.blogspot.ca.

Moez Surani 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace jurorMoez Surani’s poetry has been published widely in Canada and abroad, including in Harper's Magazine, The Walrus, Best American Experimental Writing, and Best Canadian Poetry (2013 and 2014). He is the author of three poetry books: Reticent Bodies, Floating Life, and most recently, Operations, a globe-spanning inventory of the contemporary rhetoric of violence. Surani is the recipient of a 2017 Académie de la Vie Littéraire Prize, the 2010 Antigonish Review's Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize, and a 2008 Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. He lives in Toronto.

2016 Winner

Brendan Bowles for “Wyatt Thurst”
Brendan Bowles
for “Wyatt Thurst”

Brendan Bowles has won the Toronto Star Short Story Award and has been nominated for the CBC Short Story Prize, the Disquiet International Literary Contest, and the Broken Social Scene Story Award. He was one of two writers nominated for PEN Canada’s New Voices Award in 2013. Bowles lives in Toronto.




Allegra McKenzie for “This Monstrous Heart”
Allegra McKenzie
for “This Monstrous Heart”

Allegra McKenzie is a writer based in Wakefield, Quebec. 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 based in the Gatineau Hills.

Hannah Rahimi for “With My Scarf Tied Just So”

Hannah Rahimi
for “With My Scarf Tied Just So”

Hannah Rahimi grew up in Toronto. She earned an MA from Concordia University in Montreal, and is currently pursuing an MFA at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. Her short fiction has been published in Cosmonaut’s Avenue and Drain Magazine.



Featured works of past years’ finalists are available for free download on iBooks at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace.

About the Award

Bronwen WallaceThe 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.

About RBC

Royal Bank of Canada 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 rbc.com.‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments, sponsorships, and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, RBC contributed more than $121 million to causes around the world, including more than $4.3 million to 167 arts and cultural organizations supporting local, national, and international initiatives. More than 3,200 artists from many genres participated in the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which focuses on artists in the early stages of their careers.




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