Best New Creators

Best Emerging Writer

Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation
Prix commandité par la Fondation Reader’s Digest

This award goes to a writer whose early work in magazines  shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

From three talented, promising nominees, Kate Black was awarded the Best Emerging Writer title for “Awkward Cause,” published in Maisonneuve. The jury was  impressed with the scope and command demonstrated in this work, saying:

“Kate Black’s wry, psychologically astute exploration of how we cope with climate change shows a great deal of poise for an emerging writer. With a masterful sense of style, an authentic voice, and a comprehensive understanding of the topic, ‘Awkward Cause’ is a perfect example of an essay that turns the personal story into a universal one, and vice versa.”

Note that in 2019, the category was re-named Best Emerging Writing, with changes made to the submission requirements and eligibility.

Previous Winners of Best New Magazine Writer

2018 – Max Binks-Collier – “Distant Relatives” (Maisonneuve)
2017 – Jessica Rose – “Lost and Found” (Toronto Life)
2016 – Amorina Kingdon – “The Questionable Science of Vancouver’s Port Expansion (Hakai Magazine)
2015 – Desmond Cole – “The Skin I’m In (Toronto Life)
2014 – Genna Buck – “Finding a Place” (Maisonneuve)
2013 – Catherine McIntyre – “Clusterf*ck” (THIS Magazine)
2012 – Sierra Skye Gemma – “The Wrong Way” (The New Quarterly)
2011 – Liam Casey, “Suicide Notes” (Ryerson Review of Journalism)
2010 – Matthieu Aikins, “Last Stand in Kandahar” (The Walrus)
2009 – Danielle Groen, “This is Your Brain on Love” (Chatelaine)
2008 – Kris Demeanor, “Get a Real Job” (unlimited)
2007 – Patrick White, “Red Rush” (The Walrus)
2006 – Jeremy Klaszus, “Big Oil on Trial” (AlbertaViews)
2005 – Larry Frolick, “The Wired Cabin”; “Danger Signs” (Outpost)
2004 – Sophie Lees (AlbertaViews)
2003 – Chantal Srivastava (L’actualité)
2002 – Jean-Francois Bégin (L’actualité)
2001 – Jonathan Trudel (L’actualité)
2000 – Matthew McKinnon

Previous Winners of Best New Visual Creator

2014 – Hudson Christie – “A Portrait of the Artist with Testicles in Hand” (Maisonneuve)
2011 – The Coveteur, “Gifts” (Report on Business)
2009 – Byron EggenschwilerTales from Riverheights Terrace” (Swerve)

Previous Winners of Best Student Writer

2008 – Chris Watt, “Iraq’s Walking Dead“, Maisonneuve
2007 – Julia Belluz“I” (Ryerson Review of Journalism)
2006 – Buffy Cram, “Man Hands,” Prairie Fire
2005 – Leigh Doyle, “So Long” (Ryerson Review of Journalism)