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Call for Poetry & Short Fiction: RBC Bronwen Wallace Award

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 12:54 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

The Writers' Trust is excited to announce that two prizes will be given this year for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, an award with a proven track record of boosting the careers of young authors.

Thanks to RBC's generous support, there will be one $10,000 winner for poetry and one $10,000 winner for short fiction. Three finalists in each genre will receive $2,500, a trip to Toronto to attend the award ceremony in May, and a mentorship opportunity.


To be eligible to apply, a writer must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Under the age of 35 as of February 25, 2020 
  • Previously published in an independently edited literary magazine or anthology
  • Unpublished in book form and without a book contract

Deadline: FEB 25, 2020 (11:59 PT)

Poetry guidelines

Short fiction guidelines


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 award 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 or anthologies, but has not yet been published in book form.

Abut RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. RBC’s success comes from the 85,000+ employees who bring their vision, values, and strategy to life so they can help their clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, RBC has a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to 17 million clients in Canada, the US, and 34 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com. Since 2003, RBC’s investments in arts organizations have exceeded $80 million. Since 2015, over 13,000 artists have been supported through Emerging Artists programs. In 2019, the RBC Foundation donated $8 million as part of the Emerging Artists Project to over 300 organizations in Canada, helping to bridge the gap for over 2,500 emerging artists. RBC is proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-social-impact/.


For more information please get in touch with the program coordinator:
djackson@writerstrust.com
416-504-822 x248
1-877-906-6548 x248 (toll free)

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