Winner of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Announced
A literary award with a track-record for identifying some of this country’s finest developing writers was presented last night to Marjorie Celona, a twenty-seven year old from
The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers is given to a Canadian author or landed immigrant under the age of thirty-five, not yet published in book form, for a sample of short fiction. New prize supporter RBC Foundation raised the prize’s cash value to $5,000 (from $1,000).
Celona has a degree in creative writing from the
Finalists were selected by a jury comprised of Michelle Berry, Natalee Caple, and Andrew Pyper. Of Celona’s short story, “Othello,” they wrote:
Bronwen Wallace was a mentor for many young writers as well as a creative writing teacher at St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University in
Bronwen Wallace felt strongly that unpublished writers should receive recognition at an earlier age. As a result, her close friend Carolyn Smart founded the award as a tribute to Wallace and younger writers. The award, presented for the first time in 1994, alternates each year between poetry and short fiction. Past winners include Michael Crummey, Alissa York and, most recently, Jeramy Dodds.
To celebrate the three finalists, the Writers' Trust has produced a book featuring all three stories. To receive a free, electronic version in PDF format, please send us an email with "Bronwen Wallace Book Request" in the subject heading.