THE recipient for THE 2016 RBC TAYLOR Emerging Writer Award

Adnan Khan, a Toronto, Ontario based writer, has been named the recipient of the 2016 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award by Rosemary Sullivan, winner of the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for her book Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva. Established jointly by RBC and the Taylor Prize to promote emerging talent in non-fiction writing, the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award consists of a $10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to be mentored by the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize winner.
      “Charged with the onerous, if delightful, responsibility of selecting an emerging writer, I began to look for a young writer who wrote elegantly, was clearly a reader, and was engaged with significant obsessions. Adnan Khan, having already crafted his own voice, and so ready to interrogate himself and our culture, seemed the perfect choice,” said Rosemary Sullivan.
      In accepting the award, Adnan Khan said: “It is an honour to be the 2016 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. The prize money will provide me the space and time necessary to commit myself to my work. It is humbling to be recognized in a field full of such astonishing talents.”
      Mr. Khan, who has also received a Constance Rooke Scholarship from the University of Guelph and an Emerging Playwrights Grant from the Toronto Arts Council, was recently nominated for a National Magazine Award for his essay “Our Brownness Does Not Belong Here.” He is the co-host of Speakeasy, a monthly reading series featuring authors Ayelet Tsabari, Madhur Anand, Jean Marc Ah-Sen, Jon Chan Simpson and Zoe Whittall, among others. Having completed creative thesis work under Lee Maracle and studied playwriting with Djanet Sears, he is currently working on a novel and completing his Masters in Fine Arts. He is fluent in English and Urdu.
      Delighted at the news, RBC Taylor Prize Founder Noreen Taylor commented: “The process of seeking out a talented, emerging author and offering the opportunity for mentorship from the RBC Taylor Prize winner is important for writers who are new to the profession. Becoming a professional writer demands a different set of skills than those honed in developing the craft of good writing. To date, there is no better way to gain those skills than to be mentored by a writer who has already succeeded. I know that Rosemary Sullivan will be an exceptional mentor and I have every confidence that Adnan will take full advantage of this rare opportunity.”
      Vijay Parmar, president of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel added: “We are thrilled to present the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award as we believe that the key to cultivating the artistic talents of our country’s next generation of writers is through mentorship.”


The RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award was established to provide recognition and assistance to a Canadian published author who is working on a significant writing project, preferably but not limited to literary non-fiction. Through mentorship from the nominating author, and the cash award, it is intended that the writer will be able to progress toward the creation of a first draft.