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March 02, 2011

Finalists for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers all from BC

The Writers’ Trust of Canada, through the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, rewards writers who are unpublished in book form and under the age of thirty-five. Alternating each year between poetry and short fiction, this year the award is given for an outstanding collection of unpublished poetry.

The Writers’ Trust received submissions from young poets from across Canada, yet the top three, as determined by a jury of poets Kate Braid, Gail Harris, and Robert Priest, all hail from British Columbia. The jurors read 120 “blind” submissions, meaning that all identifying information was removed before the entries were passed along for consideration.

The prize winner will receive $5,000 and finalists each receive $1,000. The three finalists are:

Raoul Fernandes, By Way of Explanation
Fernades is a 32-year-old, Vancouver-based writer who recently completed The Writer’s Studio program at Simon Fraser University. His writing has appeared in Event magazine and he won a Sakura Award in the 2010 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Haiku Invitational.

Garth Martens, Inheritance
Martens is a 28-year-old writer whose work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Grain, Island Writer, and the anthology Leonard Cohen: You’re Our Man. He currently serves on the editorial board for The Malahat Review and was previously a forest first lookout and construction labourer.  Martens lives in Victoria.

Anne-Marie Turza, The Quiet iii
Turza is 34 and lives in Victoria. She has an MFA from the Writing Department at the University of Victoria. Her poetry has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010, Arc Poetry Magazine, and The Malahat Review.

The award winner will be announced on April 5, 2011 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

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