RBC Taylor Prize
|RBC Taylor Prize|
|Awarded for||English-language Canadian literary non-fiction work|
|Presented by||RBC Wealth Management and the Charles Taylor Foundation|
The RBC Taylor Prize (2000–2020), formerly known as the Charles Taylor Prize, is a Canadian literary award, presented by the Charles Taylor Foundation to the best Canadian work of literary non-fiction. It is named for Charles P. B. Taylor, a noted Canadian historian and writer. The 2020 prize will be the final year after which the prize will be concluded. The prize was inaugurated in 2000, and was presented biennially until 2004. At the 2004 awards ceremony, it was announced that the Charles Taylor Prize would become an annual award. The award has a monetary value of $30,000.
The award adopted its present name in December 2013, when RBC Wealth Management was announced as the new corporate sponsor. In addition, under RBC's sponsorship the award added a second $10,000 award for an emerging Canadian literary non-fiction writer between the ages of 18 and 35, to be chosen by the winner of the main award. This award was presented for the first time at the 2014 ceremony.
In 2018 the new RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Mentorship Program was unveiled. This is a professional development program designed to support the next generation of Canadian writers and is part of the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Award, a distinction that is given annually to a Canadian author whose work embodies the pursuit of excellence in literary non-fiction.
The mentorship program is being made available to five Canadian non-fiction writers, who are selected in partnership with a national network of university and college writing programs. These students have been paired with the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize shortlisted authors, who will help support their career development and growth.
The organizers have announced that the 2020 announcement will be the final presentation of the award.
Winners and nominees
|2000||Wayne Johnston, Baltimore's Mansion|
|2002||Carol Shields, Jane Austen||
|2004||Isabel Huggan, Belonging: Home Away From Home||
|2005||Charles Montgomery, The Last Heathen: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in Melanesia||
|2006||J. B. MacKinnon, Dead Man in Paradise|
|2007||Rudy Wiebe, Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest|
|2008||Richard Gwyn, John A.: The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, Vol. One: 1815-1867|
|2009||Tim Cook, Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1917-1918|
|2010||Ian Brown, The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search For His Disabled Son|
|2011||Charles Foran, Mordecai: The Life & Times||
|2012||Andrew Westoll, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery|
|2013||Andrew Preston, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy|
|2014||Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America|
|2015||Plum Johnson, They Left Us Everything|
|2016||Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva|
|2017||Ross King, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies|
|2018||Tanya Talaga, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City|
|2019||Kate Harris, Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Roads|
|2020||Mark Bourrie, Bush Runner|
RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award
The RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award was instituted for the first time in 2014. The award is presented to an emerging writer selected by the winner of that year's primary award, and consists of $10,000 and a mentorship from the writer who made the selection.
In 2018, the RBC Taylor Foundation also announced the creation of a mentorship program for writers who have not yet published their first non-fiction manuscript. Five writers will be selected for the mentorship each year, each receiving mentorship from one of the shortlisted main prize authors.
- 2014 - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
- 2015 - Iain Reid
- 2016 - Adnan Khan
- 2017 - Cassi Smith
- 2018 - Alicia Elliott
- 2019 - Jessica J. Lee
- 2020 - Simone Dalton
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- "Plum Johnson wins the RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction". The Globe and Mail, March 2, 2015.
- "RBC Taylor Prize short list stacked with ‘searingly honest’ personal tales". Toronto Star, January 13, 2016.
- "Rosemary Sullivan wins RBC Taylor Prize". The Globe and Mail, March 7, 2016.
- "RBC Taylor Prize finalists: Ross King shortlisted for fourth time". The Globe and Mail, January 11, 2017.
- "Ross King wins $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize for ‘Mad Enchantment’". Toronto Star, March 6, 2017.
- "The Star’s Tanya Talaga shortlisted for RBC Taylor book prize". Toronto Star, January 10, 2018.
- "Finalists for RBC Taylor Prize announced". Toronto Star, January 9, 2018.
- Balser, Erin (2019-03-04). "Kate Harris wins $30K RBC Taylor Prize for travel memoir Lands of Lost Borders | CBC Books". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
- Deborah Dundas, "Winner of last RBC Taylor prize chokes back tears: ‘I wondered if anybody cared about what I wrote’". Toronto Star, March 2, 2020.
- "New Mentorship Program announced for Emerging Writers". Canada NewsWire, February 7, 2018.
- "Writer, scholar, storyteller and First Nations activist Leanne Simpson named recipient of inaugural RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award". CNW Group, March 17, 2014.
- "Iain Reid wins $10K RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award". CBC Books, May 11, 2015.
- "Awards: Adnan Khan receives RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award". Quill & Quire, May 17, 2016.
- "Saskatchewan’s Cassi Smith wins $10,000 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award". The Globe and Mail, April 19, 2017.
- "Alicia Elliott wins RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award". The Globe and Mail, May 3, 2018.
- "Jessica J. Lee wins $10K RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award". CBC Books, April 16, 2019.
- Samraweet Yohannes (2020-03-18). "Simone Dalton wins $10K RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award". CBC Books. Retrieved 2020-07-25.