Boulevard Magazine Call for Pitches Due July 3


Call for Submissions: Shuswap Association of Writers Isolation Art Booklet


Call for Applications: 2021–2022 Writer in Residence

English & Film Studies, University of Alberta
Deadline: August 31, 2020


The term of the Writer-in-Residence is from September 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022.

This Writer-in-Residence (WIR) in the Department of English & Film Studies is the longest consecutive running programme in Canada. Established in 1975, our programme has a distinguished history that maps the trajectory of Canadian literature. The salary is $50,000 plus a full range of benefits and a professional expense allowance. Benefits include dental, medical, and vision care, gym membership, one of the top Canadian university libraries, and access to a sound studio. Professional Expense Allowance of $900. Along with decades of generous Canada Council funding from its inception, the program has depended on grants and donations from the public, including a generous 1995 gift made on behalf of Sandy and Kay Pearson, and a major endowment from Jason Kapalka. In recognition of the Pearson family gift, the Writer-in-Residence is the recipient each year of the Sandy and Kay Pearson Distinguished Writing Award. A Banff Centre one-week residency will be available to the Writer-in-Residence pending funding.

The successful applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and must have at least one published book. Eligible publications include a complete book of fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, children’s literature, multimedia, graphic novels, creative non-fiction, or literary non-fiction that lends itself to a public reading.

In accordance with the University of Alberta’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives, the Writer in Residence selection committee encourages applicants from classes of disadvantaged persons, including persons with disabilities and those who are disadvantaged because of their race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or place of origin.

For additional information on the position and benefits, see the Writer-in-Residence job description (PDF). Please contact Associate Professor Marilyn Dumont ( for further information about the Writer-in-Residence Program.



Call for Nominations: Poet Laureate of Ontario

Location: Toronto
Deadline: 2020/09/15
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario invites nominations, under the Poet Laureate of Ontario Act, for the first Poet Laureate of Ontario!
Passed by Ontario’s Legislature in December 2019, the Poet Laureate of Ontario Act (In Memory of Gord Downie) honours the late lead singer of popular Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, whose poetic lyrics touched the hearts of Canadians from coast to coast. A native of Kingston, Ontario, Downie passed away in October 2017.
Who qualifies?
The Act sets out only two qualifications for the Poet Laureate of Ontario:
  1. The individual must be a person whose primary residence is Ontario and who has resided in Ontario for a period of at least six months during the 12 months preceding the selection.
  2. The individual must have published at least one volume of poetry within the last 10 years or must demonstrate that their body of work has brought honour to themselves and to Ontario.
What information is required for a nomination?
Standard information is required for each nominee to ensure a proper evaluation and review of each nomination:
  • Nominee’s personal information (name, address, language preference, etc.)
  • Nominator’s personal information (name, address, etc.)
  • Letter of nomination briefly describing the nominee’s significant contributions to the arts and literary community, why they should be considered a nominee for Poet Laureate, and how they have influenced or had an impact on the work of other literary artists or on the Province of Ontario
  • Nominee’s biography or CV, including such information as education, significant achievements, publications, professional activities, awards or honours
  • Letters from two colleagues in the literary field supporting the nomination
  • A minimum of two examples of the nominee’s work. These may be published in print or in electronic, audio or video format:
    • If published in print only, one copy of the publication must be submitted
    • If published in electronic/video/audio format, either a link or one copy must be submitted
  • A letter from the nominee outlining what they would bring to the position in terms of public outreach or specific activities, and confirming:
    • their availability and willingness to stand for nomination and take on the role as an Officer of the Assembly
    • their ability to travel throughout the province to promote literary events
    • their ability to participate in Legislative events
    • their Ontario residency for at least six of the 12 months prior to appointment.
Who can make a nomination?
Nominators may be Members of the Provincial Parliament, of the public and/or of the arts and literary community. Individuals may nominate themselves, as long as they have a letter from two colleagues in the literary field who support the nomination.
What is the compensation?
This is a two-year appointment with an annual honorarium of $20,000. There is also a travel and administrative allowance.
How do you submit a nomination?
Nominations must be received by Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Submissions to Tidewater Press

Tidewater Press publishes true and imagined stories of identity and belonging. Their books explore the relationship between individuals and the communities in which they live – the ways in which people’s behaviour, values and perceptions are influenced by their circumstances, as well as each person’s ability to affect social change.

Established in 2017, Tidewater is a small press committed to enhancing the viability of new Canadian literature. A particular focus is working with self-published authors with the talent, commitment and potential to transition to professional trade publishing.

The submission process offers valuable feedback and constructive guidance to authors whose work is not yet ready for publication.

Tidewater Press has been established to nurture emerging Canadian authors.  They accept submissions of both literary fiction and non-fiction that meet the following criteria:

  • The story (whether fiction or non-fiction) is fresh, topical and will resonate with at least one defined, special interest constituency.
  • The story (whether fiction or non-fiction) is compelling and is intended to give readers new insight into at least one aspect of contemporary life or Canadian history. Stories falling within a standard genre will be considered only if they transcend the normally recognized conventions of their genre.
  • The author is committed to producing a quality book and is genuinely willing to engage in a rigorous editing process.
  • The author has the ability and intention to actively support and promote the title after publication.

If you feel your manuscript meets the criteria, submit a brief (up to 500 words) synopsis and your manuscript using the submission form HERE.



Digital Originals

Apply Now!
Until all funds have been dispersed

Are you looking for the means to adapt your work or create a new one to reach audiences digitally as a result of COVID-19? The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada have launched a new initiative to help. If you’re able to pivot your work for digital dissemination this may be the boost you need.

For a limited time, Digital Originals is offering $5,000 in micro-innovation grants to artists wanting to go digital. Along with these grants, selected successful applicants will be featured as part of an online showcase to be curated by CBC/Radio-Canada.

Support for new and early career artists
The RBC Foundation has generously contributed an additional $150, 000 to support any new and early career artists who apply to the Digital Originals initiative, helping us to reach the next wave of artists in Canada and enhance our support for the future of the arts sector.

Who can apply?
The Digital Originals initiative is open to:

  • Artists, curators, and writers
  • New and early career artists
  • Artistic groups and collectives
  • Artistic organizations

All you need is a validated profile on the Canada Council grant application portal—so be sure to create one as soon as possible if you don’t have one already.

What types of projects will be funded?
This funding is to develop, create and share new or adapted work(s) for digital dissemination to the Canadian public, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The $5,000 micro-innovation grants will enable you to work quickly to either adapt your existing work or create new work for sharing online.

How to apply: Submit an application on the portal.

Guidelines and Forms: Find the details here.

For questions, please contact:

Are you looking for more digital opportunities? Check out our Digital Strategy Fund.

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The Globe and Mail Looking for Opinion Columns

The Globe and Mail Staff Editor, Sarah Efron, is looking for sharp 750-word columns for The Globe and Mail’s Opinion page, ideally news-hooked and from authoritative authors. @Sarah_Efron



Submissions to The Sun Magazine 

Fee: $0; Award: $100 – $2,000; Deadline: Rolling

The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. They have been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. They publish personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. They encourage submissions from writers of color. View more submission guidelines here.


Submissions to The Walrus Magazine

The Walrus invites writers and artists to submit pitches and work to be considered for publication.

Journalism pitches should be written in the body of your email. A successful pitch will provide a description of your subject, evidence of original research and intended approach and intended format, and your credentials. Samples of previous work should be provided as attachments (.doc, .docx, or .rtf for text and .jpg for photos and illustrations) or web links.

Fiction, poetry, and art submissions should be included as attachments. Please do not pitch short story or poem ideas; we will consider only completed drafts.

Please note:

  • Do not follow up on your pitch by phone; we will respond by email.
  • Unsolicited materials sent by mail will not be returned without proper self-addressed and stamped envelopes.
  • Do not submit more than one short story or six poems every three months.
  • The Walrus does not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • Before sending a pitch, make sure you are familiar with the breadth and style of content at The Walrus, and confirm that your story idea isn’t one that has already been examined by The Walrus and that it concerns a topic relevant to a Canadian audience.
  • The Walrus receives submissions daily. Please allow us a few weeks to respond to your query before following up.

Short Essays
The Walrus publishes timely short essays (maximum 1,200 words) reported from Canada and around the world. These take the form of reported narratives, memoirs, or small features focusing on a specific topic or issue. They demand a singular, focused argument and a strong writing voice—the author should have something original and significant to say. Their essays differ from newspaper op-eds in their breadth, depth of research, and quality of prose.

Writers new to The Walrus or without long-form journalism experience are encouraged to pitch to this section before seeking longer assignments.

Long Reads
Long-form narrative journalism at The Walrus focuses on issues relevant to Canadians, in the fields of politics, international affairs, the arts, the environment, health, science, sports, and so forth. Good articles are distinguished by thorough research, access to sources (when relevant), interesting characters, and the ability to tell compelling stories through narrative. Journalists pitching feature stories should have experience writing for magazines. Please note that memoirs or autobiographical works will be considered only on spec.

Arts & Culture
The review section of The Walrus covers architecture, art, books, dance, fashion, film, media, music, poetry, television, and theatre, with a special focus on literature. These pieces take the form of thematic reviews exploring new works in the context of other works; timely profiles of important figures in the arts; and narrative essays on new or ongoing phenomena in the cultural world. Writers in this section should have some authority in their area of interest.

Digital Features
The Walrus publishes online features and essays covering a range of timely, relevant subjects at A general familiarity with our website is the best guide to what we’re looking for. Topics of particular interest include politics, business, society, international affairs, and arts and culture. Digital pieces are differentiated from print pieces by their timeliness—they maintain the same quality of originality, reportage, and language.

The Walrus publishes original work of Canadian literary fiction by new or established writers. Short stories range from 2,000 to 5,000 words. We welcome stories on any subject, but please note that we do not publish mystery, historical romance, thrillers or genre fiction.

The Walrus publishes work by new and established Canadian poets. Poems should fit in a single half-page column. Please send no more than six per submission and note that The Walrus does not consider work that has already appeared elsewhere, including on personal blogs.

Visual Features
Photographers who have produced a range of images on a particular theme are invited to submit their work for inclusion in The Walrus as a photo essay.

How To Submit:



Submissions to The New Quarterly Magazine

The New Quarterly is a Canadian magazine currently accepting submissions in Creative Nonfiction.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are only accepting regular submissions online. Please do not mail in submissions at this time.



Fanship…A community of book lovers and authors united by a love of reading

Access Copyright and its innovation lab, Prescient, started onboarding authors and publishers in February in preparation for the launch of the beta version of Fanship.

Fanship is a platform where authors and publishers can activate and build their fan base by engaging directly with readers to encourage meaningful book recommendations to friends, family and anyone else who loves great literature.

The beta version of Fanship will support the use of ebooks only.

Independent authors as well as published authors who choose to join Fanship will find a new channel to distribute and promote their ebooks, and to make them discoverable. They will be able to activate their fan base to encourage recommendations of their works. Additionally, they will be able to see how the interactions between the community of readers on Fanship as well as with authors directly translate into interest and sales of their ebooks.


And the best part is it costs nothing to sign up.


Learn More about Fanship

Check out this short video

 Fanship webinar: Visit the Canadian Authors Association webinar webpage at to access a short webinar about Fanship and its unique features (you’ll find it under Available Past Webinars).


Get in Touch: Email Sapan Narang and Stephen Sawyer of Prescient at



University of Calgary Continuing Education Online Writing Certificate Programs

Do you have a passion for creative writing? Do you need to strengthen your business and technical writing skills?  Whatever your reasons for wanting to be a better writer, University of Calgary Continuing Education can help. Our writing certificates, including Creative Writing and Professional Writing with specializations in Business and Technical Writing and in Marketing and Public Relations, are taught by published authors and cover all aspects of the writing process. Each program requires 200 hours of instruction time, and in some cases, courses can be applied to more than one certificate. One or more of these writing certificate programs may be exactly what you need.

All of the courses in the programs are delivered completely online. When you enroll in a course, you will be required to work within scheduled start- and end-dates. During the duration of the course, you will work whenever-and from wherever-you choose, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Upcoming courses are open for registration. For more information, visit



White Wall Review Call for Submissions

Ryerson University’s literary magazine, White Wall Review, is currently working on expanding the opportunities for a more diverse pool of writers to submit their work to the magazine. The magazine, established in 1975, has gained recognition among Canadian poets and writers of both fiction and nonfiction, with a great majority of submissions coming from Ontario every year.

For more information, please visit



King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction

This unique, two-year, limited-residency graduate program enables writers to continue to live and work in their home communities while working with writer-mentors to develop their book proposals and manuscripts. Faculty and mentors for the MFA include award-winning writers published by the top book imprints in Canada and around the world. Program includes two two-week summer residencies in Halifax, and one-week winter residencies in Toronto and New York, featuring guest publishers, editors, agents and writers.

For further course details and online registration information, go to

For specific questions about the program, please contact: Kim Pittway (, Stephen Kimber ( or Dean Jobb (

Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.