Toronto Oct. 3, 2016 – PEN Canada’s delegation returned from the 82nd PEN International Congress in Ourense, Spain, this week with some special news: Laura Legge, Toronto-based writer and PEN Canada’s pick for the PEN International New Voices Award took top prize in the competition.
The New Voices Award was created by PEN International to celebrate and showcase young writers. Nominees from PEN centres around the world compete for a $1,000 cash prize and translation of their work into PEN’s three official languages: English, Spanish and French.
Legge was shortlisted among finalists from German PEN and Romanian PEN before her story “Dress, Rehearse” was ultimately chosen by jurists Mircea Cărtărescu, Laia Jufresa, Lee Yew Leong, Andrei Kurkov, John Ralston Saul and Annelies Verbeke.
PEN Canada’s national competition is generously funded by the RBC Emerging Artists Project.