Shelly Kawaja is the author of The Raw Light of Morning, winner of the 2022 BMO Winterset Award. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in several magazines such as Riddle Fence, Horseshoe Literary Magazine, The Humber Literary Review, The Dalhousie Review and Post-Colonial Text. She was shortlisted for the Bridge Prize, the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador's Fresh Fish Award and was the winner of the GritLit 2020 short fiction contest. Shelly is a graduate of UBC's MFA program, Memorial University of Newfoundland and The Humber School for Writers. She lives in western Newfoundland with her family.