Best New Creators

Best Emerging Writer

Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation

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

From three talented, promising nominees, Sherina Harris was awarded the Best Emerging Writer title for “The Butterfly Effect,” published in The Walrus. The jury was impressed with the way Harris weaved research and reporting with narrative techniques to create a compelling journalistic story, saying:

‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a succinct and yet layered exploration of a fascinating topic—tackling climate change, gentrification and conservation—and stands out for its organization and lively detail. Harris expertly weaves storytelling with research and reporting, which not only makes for a compelling read but one that inspires change. It would have been impressive had it been written by a senior writer. That it comes from an emerging journalist makes it all the more remarkable.


Previous Winners of Best Emerging Writer

2019 – Kate Black – “Awkward Cause” (Maisonneuve)

Note that, in 2019, the category was re-named Best Emerging Writer, 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” (Outpost); “Danger Signs” (The Walrus)
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)