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About the Award

Established in memory of writer Bronwen Wallace, this award has a proven track record of identifying future writing stars. Alternating each year between short fiction and poetry, the 2019 prize will be given for an outstanding collection of unpublished poetry.

The prize is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada. The winner is announced at a special ceremony in the spring.

2019 Winner

John Elizabeth Stintzi

Selections From Junebat

Jury Citation

“'Selections from Junebat' is a compelling collision of content and form disrupting gender identity and reckoning with the liminal and silent space that such disruption instigates. John Elizabeth Stintzi’s poems rely on the breaking of grammar and syntactical sequences as well as a re-visioning of Wallace Stevens’ 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird' to assert an authentic identity in the speaker’s private and public life. This reckoning and reclamation of self asks readers to consider their own concepts of gender and the difficulties that are faced when gender norms are disrupted. These are brave and timely poems."

—2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Jury (Jordan Abel, Sue Goyette, and Emma Healey)

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Jury

2019 jurors Jordan Abel, Emma Healey, and Sue Goyette read 212 anonymous submissions to select the three finalists.

About 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.