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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 Alternating each year between short fiction and poetry, the 2019 prize will be given for an outstanding collection of unpublished poetry.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 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.