PEN Canada is currently accepting submissions for the third annual PEN International New Voices Award, which seeks to help young, unpublished writers find a global audience. The overall winner, who will be selected from winning submissions to national contests held by PEN centres around the world, will be published by PEN International and will receive a $1,000 prize.
Submissions can be made up to midnight April 26, 2015. After all entries have been received, an independent jury will review a shortlist and select one entry to be submitted to the international jury. More details on how to apply here.
This year PEN Canada’s contest will be judged by three veteran Canadian editors: Mark Medley (Globe and Mail books Editor), editor, publicist and books columnist Becky Toyne, and Brownyn Drainie (The Literary Review of Canada),
Mark Medley is the Globe and Mail’s Books Editor. Prior to joining the paper he spent more than seven years at the National Post, where he served as an arts reporter and books editor. He’s profiled many of the world’s foremost authors, from Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood to Jonathan Franzen and Martin Amis, and frequently serves as a host and interviewer at literary festivals across the country. A graduate of Queen’s and Ryerson University, his work has appeared in publications including Toronto Life, The Walrus and across the Postmedia chain of newspapers.
Becky Toyne is a freelance books columnist, editor and publicist with more than 12 years’ experience in the UK and Canada. She has worked as an in-house editor at Random House in both countries, and as head of communications for Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA), where she was named one of the “Faces of Publishing’s Future” by Quill & Quire magazine. Becky is a freelance publicist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada, which has a program of ten national literary awards, and a member of the Trust’s communications committee. She writes a popular column about Toronto’s literary scene for openbooktoronto.com, is a national and provincial books columnist for CBC Radio One, and a regular event host and interviewer for festivals including IFOA and Word on the Street.
Bronwyn Drainie is one of Canada’s leading cultural journalists and has been editor of the LRC (Literary Review of Canada) since 2003. From 1988 to 1996 she wrote a regular arts column for The Globe and Mail. Prior to that, from 1969 to 1985 she worked in broadcast journalism, mainly for the CBC. She has written for Saturday Night, Chatelaine, Report on Business, Toronto Life, Elm Street, Canadian Forum, Books in Canada and in 1987 she won a gold medal from the National Magazine Awards for “Happier Endings”, an article on funerals and cemeteries in Toronto.As a broadcaster, Bronwyn worked for many years at CBC-Radio, hosting “Sunday Morning” for five years. In 1989 she won the ACTRA Award as Best Host-Interviewer on Radio . In 1987 she won a gold medal from the National Magazine Awards for “Happier Endings”, an article on funerals and cemeteries in Toronto. Bronwyn has written two books. Her first, in 1986, was “Living the Part: John Drainie and the Dilemma of Canadian Stardom”, a biography of her father. Her second book, published in 1994, was “My Jerusalem: Secular Adventures in the Holy City”, which was short-listed for Ontario’s Trillium Award