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Sask. author Cassi Smith wins $10,000 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award

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Saskatchewan-born Cassi Smith is the newest recipient of the $10,000 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award.

Smith was selected for the honour by bestselling Estevan, Sask.-born author Ross King who was awarded the $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize last month.

King received the non-fiction award for “Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies,” his biography on the famed French impressionist painter.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan-born Ross King wins $25K RBC Taylor Prize for ‘Mad Enchantment’

The RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award was created to recognize and assist a Canadian published author who is working on a significant writing project which is preferably – but not limited to – the literary non-fiction genre.

In addition to the cash prize, Smith will receive mentorship from King with the goal of progressing towards creating the first draft of her work.

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Smith is currently working towards a masters of fine arts in writing at the University of Saskatchewan where she graduated in 2013 with a double major in political studies and English.

She received the 2016 University of Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship for her non-fiction project in indigenous studies.

The author is currently working on a collection of non-fiction short stories based on interviews with Saskatchewan’s First Nations Elders.

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