The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced that Garth Martens of Victoria is the winner of the $5,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The literary prize has a legacy of discovering young writers with great potential.
Alternating each year between short fiction and poetry, the award is given to a writer under the age of thirty-five who is unpublished in book form and without a book contract. The RBC Foundation supports the prize through the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in young artists and helps them build their professional careers in the arts.
Garth Martens won the award for “Inheritance and Other Poems,” a selection from his work-in-progress manuscript entitled The Motive of Machines.
Bronwen Wallace was a mentor to many young writers and a creative writing teacher at St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University. She wrote four books of poetry and a collection of short stories before her death at age forty-four. Her close friend Carolyn Smart founded this award in her honour in 1994. Past winners include Michael Crummey, Alissa York, and, most recently, Kilby Smith-McGregor.
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