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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. In 2020, two $10,000 prizes will be given for outstanding works of unpublished poetry and short fiction.

The prize is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada. The winners will be 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)

2019 Finalists

About Bronwen Wallace

Bronwen Wallace was a poet, short story writer, and mentor to many young authors 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's first book, Marrying into the Family, was published when she was 35 and she felt that writers should have more opportunities for recognition early in their careers. And so this annual award is given to writers below the age of 35 who have published poetry or prose in literary magazines or anthologies, but have not yet been published in book form.