Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction Winners Announced


This year’s first place prize has been awarded to David Chau for his work, Belly of Tokyo.

Each year, the Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction is awarded to an SCS creative writing learner whose work and commitment to creative expression inspires us. This year’s first place prize has been awarded to David Chau.

Two prizes have also been awarded to this year's runners up: Maude Abouche and Alison Stevenson.

WINNER ($2,500 PRIZE):

David Chau, Belly of Tokyo

David Chau lived in Japan for 12 years, from the frenzy of Tokyo to the solace of Kinomoto, and the spaces in between. He has written many articles about life in Japan, including “Teaching the F-word” which was included in Norton’s Best of Creative Nonfiction anthology. He completed a historical narrative set in the Edo Period entitled “Out to Sea: How a Japanese Peasant Became an Englishman”. He is presently working on finishing “Belly of Tokyo” in Kingston.  


Maude Abouche, Blabbermouth

Maude Abouche lives in Montreal and has a background in history, communications and journalism. She enjoys different ways of artistic expression, such as art and singing, but above all loves gripping narratives in all their forms. In her writing, she uses fantasy and science-fiction as a lens to explore history, identity, and relationships. She is currently working on her first fantasy novel set in modern-day and feudal Japan.

Alison Stevenson, The Fountain

Alison Stevenson lives in Toronto. Her stories have appeared in Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, PRISM international, Pulp Literature, and elsewhere, have been finalists in the Alice Munro Festival Contest and PRH Student Fiction Award (2022) and longlisted for the CBC and TNQ/Peter Hinchcliffe prizes. She is working on her final project for the U of T School of Continuing Studies Certificate in Creative Writing and on a short story collection. Find her at


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