Eliza Robertson has been shortlisted for the Emerging Writer Award at this year’s Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards. Eliza is one of three authors in the running for the $500 prize for ‘a writer under 30 years of age deemed to show exceptional promise in the field of literary creation’, which will be awarded on 13th June in Orillia, Canada. The Canadian Authors Association reinstated its awards programme in 1975 (having originally begun it in 1937), with the Emerging Writer Award first offered in 2006. Previous winners of the Association’s awards include Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen and Margaret Atwood.
Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver, Canada, and studied creative writing and political science at the University of Victoria before pursuing her MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer. In Canada, she has won three national fiction contests, has been twice longlisted for the Journey Prize and was a finalist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize. In 2013, Robertson won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her short story ‘We Walked on Water’, which appeared in Granta.
Her short story collection Wallflowers is published by Hamish Hamilton in Canada, and in the rest of the world by Bloomsbury Publishing. The collection has been described as ‘assured and ambitious’ (The Guardian) and ‘startling original’ (The Lady) and Eliza herself praised as ‘a wunderkind, one of our country's most inventive and exciting new writers’ (Joseph Boyden).