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RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Announces Fiction and Poetry Finalists

The Writer's Trust of Canada has announced both the fiction and poetry finalists for this year's RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

The prize celebrates outstanding, unpublished work by Canadian authors and has long been credited with discovering the country's greatest young literary talents early in their careers. This year marks the first time in its history that the two categories will be awarded together (they're traditionally given out alternately each year). Winners will take home $10,000 each. 

The announcement kicks off a week of emerging writer awards, including the unveiling of finalists for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers and the Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Winners for all three prizes will be announced on October 21 during an online event entitled "Writer's Trust Awards: Emerging Writers Edition".

“During a year that has brought so much uncertainty and financial vulnerability to the country’s writing community, the Writers’ Trust is elated to have such generous support from the RBC Foundation to enable the expansion of this important program for young, developing writers,” said Charlie Foran, executive director, Writers’ Trust.

This year's RBC Bronwen Wallace Award finalists are:


Jamaluddin Aram - "This Hard Easy Life"

Omer Friendlander - "Palestinian Still Life"

Leah Mol - "Six Things My Father Told Me About Bears"



nina jane drystek - "c:ode"

Zoe Imani Sharpe - "Selection from [CA$H4GOLD]"

Alexa Winik - "Selections from Winter Stars Visible in December"


Each finalist's nominated works are available for free download on Apple Books.

For more information on the award and this year's finalists, visit their website.