Jen Neale wins RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

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A literary prize with a track-record of uncovering the next generation of great Canadian writers was awarded to a 28-year-old Vancouverite during an event at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music hosted by a previous prize-winner, novelist Alyssa York.

Jen Neale received the $5,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers for her short-story “Elk-Headed Man.”

The prize recognizes writers under the age of 35 who are unpublished in book form. It is supported by the RBC Foundation through the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in up-and-coming artists and helps them build professional careers in their artistic field.

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Finalists Revealed for RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

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The Writers’ Trust of Canada is delighted to announce the finalists for a literary award with a proven track record of identifying the country’s most promising young writers.

The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers rewards writers who are unpublished in book form and under the age of thirty-five. Alternating each year between poetry and short fiction, this year’s award will be given for an outstanding work of fiction. The RBC Foundation supports the prize through the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in up-and-coming artists to help build their professional careers. The winner will be announced the evening of May 2, 2012 and awarded a $5,000 cash prize, with the other two finalists receiving $1,000 each.

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Writers’ Trust of Canada announces Shaughnessy Cohen Prize shortlist

The unfinished border between Maine and New Brunswick, a biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, a pine beetle epidemic, and two biographies on Pierre Trudeau make up The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing shortlist.

The Shaughnessy Cohen prize, established in honour of a Windsor, Ontario, MP who died in December 1998, is now in its twelfth year. The prize is awarded annually to a non-fiction book that captures a political subject of interest to Canadian readers.

This year’s finalists are:

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Writers’ Trust Posting Canadian Authors to the Yukon

Future Berton House Writers-in-Residence Named

The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced the next four writers to attend the Berton House Writers’ Retreat, Canada’s most northern author residency program. Each writer will travel to Dawson City, Yukon, to live and work for three months in the childhood home of Pierre Berton.

“The Writers’ Trust is proud to provide a unique sanctuary to Canadian writers through the Berton House Writers’ Retreat,” said Peter Kahnert, Writers’ Trust Chair and Senior Vice President, Raymond James Ltd. “These four talented writers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Dawson City and fully apply themselves to their current works-in-progress.”

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Hon. Hilary M. Weston and the Writers’ Trust Announce Charles Foran Winner of $60,000 Literary Award for Mordecai: The Life & Times

The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced that Charles Foran has won the inaugural Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for Mordecai: The Life & Times, published by Knopf Canada. The prize is the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada.

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