THE recipient for THE 2018 RBC TAYLOR Emerging Writer Award


National Magazine Award winner, Alicia Elliott, has been named the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer award by Tanya Talaga, winner of the 2018 RBC Taylor Price for her book Seven Fallen Feathers. As a journalist, Ms. Elliott, has been widely published and she is currently the Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow in Creative Writing at UBC. The Award consists of $10,000 cash prize and mentorship by Ms. Talaga.
      "Alicia Elliott is the voice of our youth, the next generation. She is lyrical, heart-felt and she tells searing truths of Canada today, truths we all need to listen to," said Tanya Talaga.
      Ms. Elliot added, “I've been in a bit of a daze since I heard the news. It's incredibly humbling to be honoured with the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award, and especially to be chosen by someone I admire as much as Tanya. What a gift!”
      A Tuscarora writer living in Brantford ON with her husband and daughter, Elliott’s writing has been published by Maclean’s, Globe and Mail, CBC, Maisonneuve, Malahat Review, The New Quarterly and Reader’s Digest. She is currently Associate NonFiction Editor at Little Fiction/Big Truths and a consulting editor at The New Quarterly. Her essay “A Mind Spread Out On The Ground” won the National Magazine Award in May 2017, where she was invited to deliver the gala keynote address.
      RBC Taylor Prize Founder Noreen Taylor enthused: “When we look at Alicia Elliott we see a strong fearless writer who has an impressive background as an editor, an essayist and is a dedicated Indigenous journalist writing about the issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada. She has developed a deep passion for the truth, wherever it takes her. This award is intended to give Alicia the freedom to keep writing and growing her skills while her first book is traveling along the long winding road to publication.”
      Vijay Parmar, president of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel added: “On behalf of RBC Wealth Management, we congratulate Alicia Elliott on being named this year’s RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award recipient. We are proud to support this Award which helps Canada’s aspiring writers advance their career and bridge the gap from emerging to established by providing much needed exposure, funding and mentorship opportunities.”


The RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award was established to provide recognition and assistance to a Canadian published author who is working on a significant writing project, preferably but not limited to literary non-fiction. Through mentorship from the nominating author, and the cash award, it is intended that the writer will be able to progress toward the creation of a first draft.