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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 In 2020, two $10,000 prizes will be given for outstanding works of unpublished poetry and short fiction.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 digital event on October 21.

2020 Finalists


Short Fiction
A jury composed of fiction writers Kris Bertin, Djamila Ibrahim, and Carrianne Leung read 148 anonymous submissions to select the finalists in the short fiction category.


A jury composed of poets Klara du Plessis, Benjamin Hertwig, and Canisia Lubrin read 166 anonymous submissions to select the finalists in the poetry category.

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.