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Call for Applications: 2022 Fresh Pages Initiative

Apply by tomorrow, June 30, 2022

Guest Editorship (Poetry) at carte blanche

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the 2022 – Guest Editorship (Poetry) at carte blanche. This opportunity is a component of QWF’s Fresh Pages initiative and is designed to help an aspiring literary artist who is Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour develop skills in selecting and editing work for a literary journal.
This program is open to you if you are Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.
 
Learn about editing literary magazines and help curate a special poetry section at the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s online literary magazine, carte blanche. Part of QWF’s “Fresh Pages” initiative, this temporary, part-time, paid opportunity is designed to help an aspiring literary artist who is Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour, develop skills in curating and editing a literary magazine.

The successful candidate will receive mentorship from carte blanche Editor in Chief, Greg Santos. The mentorship will go to a Quebec-based writer who shows promise and has demonstrated an interest in poetry, but who has not yet had an opportunity to work as an editor.
 
The selected writer will work as a co-editor with Santos to help curate a special poetry section devoted to the writing of at-risk youth and young adults from the QWF’s Writers in the Community program for the Fall 2022 issue of carte blanche.
 

More About the Mentorship
 
You will receive:
  • approximately 15 hours of mentorship between September 1 and November 30 2022
  • a $400 honorarium
  • a free one-year membership (or extension of membership) in the Quebec Writers’ Federation

Your Mentor

Greg Santos is a poet, editor, and educator. He is the author of Ghost Face (DC Books, 2020) and several other poetry collections. He is an adoptee with Cambodian, Portuguese, and Spanish heritage. He is the Editor in Chief of the QWF’s online literary magazine, carte blanche. He regularly works with youth and at-risk communities and is a course leader and designer at The Thomas More Institute. He lives in Tio'tia:ke/Montréal with his family.

Eligibility
  • Applicants must live in Quebec and be Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.
  • There is no age or publication requirement. We invite students and seniors to apply.
  • Writers who have already worked as an editor for a professional magazine or literary journal are not eligible to apply. 
Timeline
  • Call for applications: April 22, 2022
  • Deadline for applications: June 30, 2022
  • Notification of results: mid-July 2022
  • Publication of special poetry section in carte blanche: Fall 2022
How To Apply:

Please submit the following:
  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page), including:
  • Why you are interested in this editing mentorship;
  • Confirmation that you meet the eligibility criteria;
  • A sample of your poetry (maximum 2 pages);
  • Your full name and a way to contact you. 
Submit to admin@qwf.org or by mail to:
“Fresh Pages” Editing Mentorship
Quebec Writers’ Federation
1200 Atwater Ave., Room 3
Westmount, QC H3Z 1X4

2022 Guest Curatorship of the Words & Music Show

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the 2022 Guest Curatorship of the Words & Music Show. The curatorship, which is a component of QWF’s new “Fresh Pages” initiative, is designed to help an aspiring literary artist who is Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour develop skills in creating and curating literary and other arts events.

The selected candidate receives a modest honorarium and a free one-year membership in QWF.

Your Mentor

Ian Ferrier created and has been curating the QWF’s Words & Music Show for twenty years, and the Mile End Poets’ Festival for ten. He is a writer, performer and musician, and curator, is author of multiple poetry collections and records including Quel est ce lieuBear DreamsComing and Going and Exploding Head Man. In 2009 he was awarded the Golden Beret, the League of Canadian Poets award for outstanding contributions to spoken word poetry. He has curated over 250 shows and performed in over 500.

The selected candidate works with Ian Ferrier, long-time curator of the QWF Words & Music Show, to curate their own literary, musical, and performance event, from defining the event-to-be to selecting and inviting performers, gathering bios and other info, writing press releases and structuring and presenting a live show. The show typically presents poets, writers, performers, and musicians, and in the past has branched out to include, circus artists, magicians and comics from time to time. The guest curator can create a theme-based presentation or a simple variety show.
 
Eligibility
  • Applicants must live in Quebec and be Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour.
  • Applicants should have already demonstrated an interest in presenting either their own work in public presentations or in creating a literary, musical or another art event.
  • There is no age or publication requirement.
  • Candidates who have already curated more than three public events, or who work for an event creation agency or company, are not eligible.
Timeline
  • Call for applications: April 20, 2022
  • Deadline for applications: June 30, 2022
  • Notification of results: mid-July 2022
  • Public show: Fall 2022
How To Apply
 
Send the following to admin@qwf.org or mail it to or drop it off in the QWF office (address below).
  • a cover letter describing the kind of show you envision presenting and why you are interested in curating events (maximum one page);
  • a short biographical statement about your background and experience, including a confirmation that you are aware of the eligibility criteria for the program and that you are eligible (maximum 200 words);
  • Remember to provide your full name and a way to contact you.

    “Fresh Pages” Guest Curatorship
    Quebec Writers’ Federation
    1200 Atwater Ave., Suite 3
    Westmount, QC  H3Z 1X4
The guest curator will be selected by QWF’s Words & Music Committee.
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