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ACWB Sub-Committees: Call for Volunteers

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) Board of Directors is seeking ACWB Members to join board sub-committees. These volunteer committees support the operations of Arts Council and meet as needed.

In 2022, the Governance Committee will be reviewing and updating Board Policies and the Fundraising Committee will be focusing on ACWB’s Capital Campaign for the creation of Arts Inc – the Spot for Creativity, as well as the Buffys / Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards.

QUALIFICATIONS

Must be an active ACWB member to qualify for this opportunity. To become a member, register through our membership page, or contact Akshaya Lakshmi at [email protected].

STANDING COMMITTEES

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity CommitteeMinimum three (3) Board Director members; Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo celebrates and supports diversity. We are committed to showing respect for all, encouraging open collaboration and communication, and creating an inclusive environment, free from barriers and discrimination. Members of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Committee will monitor the Board Composition Matrix and make a concerted effort to ensure that the members of the Board of Directors reflect the diverse community of Wood Buffalo, taking into consideration race, religion, beliefs, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status or status as a differently-abled individual, among other things. This committee will communicate with the Governance Committee to ensure Board and Operational policy documents reflect the organization’s
commitment to inclusive practices.

This committee will likely meet twice per year or as needed to review Board of Directors
applicants.

Governance Committee – Minimum three (3) Board Director members; Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions

The Governance Committee monitors whether the board is complying with its obligations as set out in the organization’s bylaws, code of conduct, and policies. This committee also recommends and organizes ongoing training and development for board members. Monitors board structures and processes and reviews the existing constitutional documents of the organization periodically and recommends updates where necessary, including bylaws, and supporting board and staff policies.

This committee will meet as needed to review documents.

Fundraising Committee – Minimum three (3) Board Director or Staff members;  Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions

The fundraising committee oversees and directs fundraising activity. This committee isn’t solely responsible for raising money, but it leads the board’s fundraising effort. The committee works with staff to implement the fundraising plan. This plan may include annual events, auctions, end-of-the-year requests, and other activities. The fundraising committee works with staff on their fundraising efforts and sometimes takes the lead in specific activities. The committee also ensures the proper acknowledgement of donors.

This committee will likely meet two to four times per year.


There are a limited number of opportunities to volunteer, so interested ACWB Members should email [email protected] to express their interest (max 250 words), and include a brief overview of related volunteer or committee experience.

Deadline:

Buffys 2022 — Call for Set Designer

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. This year’s showcase will be delivered in a hybrid-format, allowing attendees ticketed entry to the event, or the option to watch for free from home. Arts Council aims to hire performing artists to create performances that will be showcased live, in-person and on camera through livestream at this year’s Awards Showcase on October 22, 2022.

During the pandemic, the awards were hosted online as a cinematic experience. Arts Council seeks to bring the excitement of this experience to an in-person event this year. Click here to view the 2020 and 2021 broadcasts respectively.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Set Designer will be responsible for designing and building a set inspired by this year’s theme: Future Midnight. (see more below)
  • The set will be built in the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts Black-box theatre, which will be set-up in banquet-style (round tables of 8 facing a raised platform stage). See sample rendering here. Arts Council encourages prospective designers to reconfigure the placement of these banquet tables in their proposal (e.g. your main-stage can be in the centre of the room with banquet tables around them, arena-style, etc.)
  • The successful design will encompass the entire space (e.g. extend towards the dressings on banquet tables). Considerations in the design will also need to allow for periodic video projections to be seen from all banquet tables. Finally, the design will also need to work for in-person audiences, and audiences watching from home via livestream.
  • Hired Set Designer will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager Luay Eljamal.
  • Set Designer will collaborate with other artists to ensure that the set opens up opportunities for “play” among the event hosts, and award presenters.
  • A rough set rendering will be due to the Programs Manager on July 1, 2022. A final rendering of the set must be submitted to the Programs Manager by August 31, 2022. The design will be installed all day on October 20, 2022 (only). Designer is expected to be available for tech rehearsals on October 21 and 22, leading up to the event on the evening of October 22.
  • Hired Set Designer will be expected to attend regular Creative Team meetings to ensure that a cohesive vision is maintained for this year’s awards showcase. These meetings will occur monthly, and may increase in frequency closer to the final event.
  • Artists will realize this year’s vision by collaborating with others, including videographers, set designers, graphic designers, project managers, performers and nominated artists/artist groups.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.

ABOUT THE THEME

  • This year’s Buffys theme is Future Midnight. Arts Council invites attendees to enter a large, immersive time machine (SECPA Blackbox Theatre), sit in their travel pods (banquet tables), and be teleported to the future, where the arts continue to thrive in Arts Council’s planned Arts Incubator. For more details on this concept, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at 587-674-1625 or [email protected]

ABOUT THE VENUE

  • The 2022 Buffys presentation will take place inside the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts blackbox theatre.
  • You will have access to 56 SC90 stage platforms to use towards your design. The dimensions of each platform 6’6” by 3’3”. There are 56 x 14” legs, 184 x 28” legs, 56 x 42” legs, 56 x 26” legs, and 32 x 70” legs. Please see link for example: https://www.stagingconcepts.com/products/platforms/sc90-platform/
  • You will also have access to 16 step units, with which to assemble stairs. Each step affixes to the edge of a staging platform and is 7” high at the step, and is 48” wide. A 3D image of an example can be found here labelled as “Step Unit”: https://www.stagingconcepts.com/products/stair-units/
  • You will have access to a premiere-style red carpet.
  • You will also have access to Pipe and Drape. 

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

  • Please watch the following COVID-broadcast to familiarize yourself with the set of a typical Buffys showcase, before submitting your proposal: https://youtu.be/6KLIwmgNiZc
  • All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “Buffys – Set Designer” as your category.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12PM on May 31, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEE

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is offering a fee of $7500 (including GST) to cover:

  • All prep-time, conversations, and creation of design
  • All materials and supplies
  • Travel to and stay in Fort McMurray (if necessary)
  • Transportation of all materials and supplies to Fort McMurray (if necessary)
  • Leading the build and install of the set in the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts black-box theatre on October 22, 2022 (with support from Arts Council volunteers) 

Other unforeseen costs may be approved at Arts Council’s discretion.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

Artists may be invited to interview. Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected]  or 587-674-1625 x.102.

Deadline: 31-05-2022

Arts in Action: Call for Young Artists (Ages 17-24)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Arts in Action program provides opportunities for Seniors to engage in the arts through activity-based workshops with Teaching Artists. Young Artists (aged 17-24) will be mentored by Teaching Artists, through the development of a workshop series, as a way of building youth capacity and educating them on the value Seniors and Elders bring to our community. The Young Artist will support the Teaching Artist to host three workshops, over the course of six weeks, specific to a particular artform
(i.e.: Garage Band Workshop Series, Improv Workshop Series, Watercolour Workshop Series, etc). Arts Council invites Young Artists of varying disciplines to submit proposals through our online Opportunities Portal detailing experience they have in their artform, and why they would be interested in this paid mentorship opportunity.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Artist must reside in the Wood Buffalo Region
  • Artist must between the ages of 17-24
  • Artist must have some experience creating art within a particular artform

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Arts Council is interested in finding a young artist who has a true passion for the arts and a willingness to learn and be mentored by an artist
  • Arts Council is interested in finding a young artist who has a true passion for the arts and a willingness to learn and be mentored by an artist
  • The young artist must be comfortable engaging with Seniors or Elders in a workshop format, as well as working with them to create new art pieces that will be produced in the workshop
  • The young artist must be able to support the Teaching Artist in facilitating their workshop, as needed, to ensure workshops are conducted at the highest possible standard.
  • Arts Council will be inviting Artists to submit calls for workshops that will take place within two different “seasons”:
    • Summer 2022: Workshops will run between June 27 and October 13
    • Winter 2022-23: November 2022 – February 2023

WORK MEDIA

The work media must be teachable and engaging to Seniors or Elders. Teaching Artforms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Painting
  • Drumming
  • Theatre
  • Beading
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Watercolour
  • Drawing
  • Woodworking
  • Macrame
  • Improv

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “Arts in Action — Young Artist” as your category. Some artists may be invited to a brief interview.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions will be accepted until all positions are filled.

FEES

Arts Council will compensate the Young Artists a fee of $1000.00 (including GST) for supporting the Teaching Artist in developing and facilitating up to three 2-3 hour workshops spaced out over the course of 6 weeks.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Young Artists (17-24) will be selected based on their experience in their artform, their willingness to learn from other artists and participate and engage in workshops with Seniors. Past experience working with Seniors or Elders, would be considered an asset.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.

Selections will be made by Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, all successful artists will be notified by June 13th, 2022.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information on this opportunity please contact Programs Coordinator, Byron Gard at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.101 or Programs Manager, Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.102.

Deadline: 06-06-2022

Calling All Artists – 90 for $90 Fundraiser

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) invites local artists to create an original piece of artwork as a donation to support the production of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards, aka, the Buffys. ACWB will provide 8” square cradled birch panels for the artist to create on. The art can be any 2D or relief media that fits on the panel.

The completed art pieces will be displayed publicly, online, and at a Buffys-themed event occurring during the weekend of October 14-16, 2022. Artwork will be available for purchase at the live events as well as online, with all proceeds supporting the Buffys.

ACWB relies on fundraising to execute the Buffys. This celebration of the arts in our region is a popular event offering various networking and showcase opportunities to artists of all disciplines.

ACWB appreciates the support of local artists and the opportunity to celebrate the arts community through the annual Buffys presentation.

The Nitty Gritty

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

1. Claim your panel – Email us with your name, and address so we can arrange a pick-up location. (Some delivery options are available.) Email to: [email protected]

2. Pick-up your panel – Once you receive an email from us, pick-up your panel and get started!

3. Complete your panel – Once you have finished, contact us to drop off your panel. (Some pickup options are available.) Make sure you provide us with your preferred social media, website, and contact information so we can promote your artwork!

FAQ’s

1. Does it have to be a painting? – No, use your creativity and use your panel how you wish. Take the opportunity to show us what you’ve got!

2. Is there a theme? – No, this is all about your choices as an artist.

3. Does it need to be wired? – Unless you have a very specific hanging method for your creation, you are not required to wire it.

4. When do you need the panels back? – Completed panels must be returned by August 25.

5. Can I create more than one panel? – Maximum panel pick up is two per artist. When those completed ones are returned, you may pick up more panels if there are still some available.

6. What’s in it for me? – Current Members will be given a 1-year extension on their membership and non-member artists will receive a complimentary 1-year membership. ACWB will be promoting the participating artists and artwork throughout the fundraiser.

6. Where will the sale take place? – Artwork will be available online through ACWB Marketplace and featured at a Buffys-themed event in October.

7. How will this support the Buffys? – Panels will be sold for $90 each with 100% of the profits benefitting ACWB’s annual Buffys!

HELP US ACHIEVE OUR $8,100 GOAL!!!

Deadline: 30-06-2022

Run for a Reason

Fort McMurray Marathon is excited to announce Run for a Reason – a new charity fundraising program!

Early Bird registration is open for Run for a Reason until May 31 – the new fundraising program for the Fort McMurray Marathon happening on September 25!

HOW IT WORKS – RUNNERS

When you register to run, you will have two ways to participate:

  1. Make a one time donation to a participating partner organization of your choice!
  2. Choose a participating partner organization & collect pledges:
    • Browse the list of Fundraising Partners, and choose an organization that you would like to support
    • As you train for race day, collect pledges & donations in support of your chosen organization!
    • Share your progress via your personal pledge page

HOW IT WORKS – DONORS

Not a runner, but still want to participate? Community members can contribute by donating to Run for a Reason! Donations can be made in two ways:

  • Donate to an individual runner’s pledge page
  • Donate to to a participating partner organization of your choice

This year we run for more than just medals – this year we Run for a Reason and Arts Council Wood Buffalo can be yours.

Deadline: 25-09-2022

Open Call to ALL Local Artists – Wood Buffalo Volunteer Rewards 2022

Wood Buffalo Volunteer Rewards (previously known as Timeraiser) is an innovative volunteer rewards system that celebrates the incredible acts of kindness volunteers give to our community. The program works by allowing local volunteers the opportunity to exchange their time spent volunteering for rewards such as local art, goods, experiences, and services. The program features a variety of rewards to
ensure that there is something for everyone and makes a conscious effort to purchase rewards that will elevate our region’s rich culture, talent, and small businesses. Anyone that volunteers at a local social profit or community-based organization can participate! It is our goal through this program to thank volunteers for their contributions and strengthen the social profit sector; all while supporting local artists and small businesses.

FuseSocial is thrilled to announce that the 2022 Call for Artists is now open. Our call will be open to all forms of art (music, theatre, culinary, etc.). The call is furthermore extended to be inclusive of experiences that do not expire (theatre tickets, photography session, lessons, etc.). Please see the full artist call HERE!

Submission Guidelines & Criteria:

There is no fee associated with applying to this call & successful submissions will be compensated at fair market value up to $1500.00

The call will close on July 14, 2022, at 4:30 PM.

All submissions must be received electronically in ONE email and sent to: [email protected]

Your email must include the following:

  • Completed submission form (including artist statements, bio, and waiver)
  • 2-3 high-resolution pictures of your submission(s) on a solid color background
  • For submissions that are not 2D/3D please include full details on your proposal (Ex: Photography Session – 30-minute session with 5 edited digital images)

Submission Requirements for Wood Buffalo Volunteer Rewards

Please read carefully

  • Applicants must be residents of Wood Buffalo
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age and older
  • Maximum three (3) pieces entered per artist may be submitted for consideration
  • All pieces must be recent; created within the last 2 years (2020+)
  • Works must be made independently, without guidance or instruction (Artworks made during a workshop or class are not eligible)
  • All pieces must be original; no copies or prints permitted
  • The artwork provided is the original artwork and is the sole intellectual property of the artist, with no copyright infringements. Please refer to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website link for clarification on copyright: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr00003.html

Questions regarding what constitutes original artwork? Please contact Liana Wheeldon at [email protected] for further support.

Further Requirements:

  • All artworks must be ready to hang (wire setting 1/3 from the top of the artwork, no saw tooth hangers)
  • All pieces must be framed and signed (stretched canvas must have finished painted edges, no staples showing and artwork on various papers must be in a frame with glass front)
  • Artist sets the price of their submission and price must include framing and any/all expenses required to deliver the submission. It should also include any taxes (up to a maximum of $1,500)
  • Any type of experience (tickets, lessons, culinary, etc.) submitted must not have an expiration date

Artist Labels

  • Develop two (2) Artist Labels that identify your piece
  • Include artist/artwork information: Your name as you would like it to appear, the title of your work, the medium (example: Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media, Photography, etc.) and the dimensions (in inches). Affix one (1) label to the back of your artwork and bring one (1) additional label with you when you drop off your artwork
  • Include detailed information about what is included in your submission. For example, for a culinary arts submission – receive dinner prepared on site and at a location of your choosing for a maximum of 20 guests. Please be as detailed as possible

Selection Process

  • Art will be selected by a non-exhibiting jury consisting of representatives from FuseSocial, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, and member(s) of the Wood Buffalo community. There is no guarantee that all submitted artwork will be chosen
  • Selected artists will be notified via email by July 31, 2022
  • Successful entries are to be dropped off to FuseSocial at 20 Riedel Street (dates to be announced)
  • Artists are responsible for making the arrangements to drop-off their artwork at the designated time and space
  • Successful submissions will be displayed on www.wbvolunteerrewards.ca

Thank you for your submission!

Deadline: 14-07-2022

Indigenous Arts Individual Project Funding


This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of an individual Indigenous artist, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists in Alberta by providing funding for a specific cultural or artistic project.

APPLICATION DEADLINE(S) September 1, 2022

Individual eligibility criteria

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic and cultural activities:

  • artistic and cultural production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

Artistic and cultural production includes the development, creation, and production of a work.

  • projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work
  • Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period that promotes, advertises or disseminates work created by Alberta’s Indigenous artists, and/or develops audiences for the artist’s work.

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of an artistic or cultural project. This may include the gathering of natural materials.

Training and career development in Indigenous arts can include:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional development
  • courses of study in art forms, including working with mentors or Elders

Grant recommendations are made to the AFA board of directors. Successful recipients will be notified upon board approval, generally between four to six months from the application deadline.

We gather general comments about the applications and share them on the Adjudication page. The expert panel does not record specific comments about individual applications.

Deadline: 01-09-2022

Athabasca Tribal Council – Artist Call for Cultural Festival

Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) welcome traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists willing to share or demonstrate their skills to apply. As the Festival celebrates Indigenous culture, ATC are looking for artists who both identify as Indigenous and create artwork inspired by their Indigenous identity or heritage.

Please include as much information as possible including photos of yourself and your completed work, as it helps significantly in the selection process. Please note, applications cannot be considered without photos.

Athabasca Tribal Council will review your application and you will hear back regarding your participation within a few weeks of the application deadline of May 31, 2022.

Artist Fees and Reimbursements 

ATC working with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, will follow the CARFAC Recommended Fee Schedule to pay artists for their services at the ATC Cultural Festival. Artists are paid for their time at the Festival; teaching, demonstrating, presenting, etc.

Supplies needed for workshops, demonstrations, etc., are a separate cost from the artist fee and will be reimbursed with ATC approval prior to purchase.

For Workshops, the Festival may be able to assist in sourcing and/or purchasing the larger quantities of supplies needed in advance for use at the Festival.

Support for travel and accommodation for Artists joining the Festival from outside the Wood Buffalo region is limited and will be considered case-by-case with prospective artists.

Deadline: 31-05-2022

Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Nominations for the Governor General’s Awards are now open!

The awards were created in 1999 by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada. Since then, the awards have celebrated Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognized remarkable careers in the visual and media arts.

Up to eight awards are distributed every year: six awards recognize artistic achievements, one award recognizes excellence in fine craft (Saidye Bronfman Award) and one award recognizes an outstanding contribution to contemporary visual arts, media arts or fine craft. The winners each receive a medallion and a cash prize of $25,000 each.

Deadline for nominations: June 1, 2022

The GGArts awards are part of the Canada Council’s suite of prizes recognizing excellence in the arts.

Deadline: 01-06-2022

Call for Submissions – RISE Emerging Artist Program 2023

RISE is an annual exhibition and mentorship program developed by artsPlace to offer Alberta artists the opportunity to educate, exhibit, sell, and promote their artistic practice within the Bow Valley.

The goal of RISE is to cultivate Alberta’s emerging artists by pairing an exhibition opportunity with mentorship by a local art professional. Participating artists build experience in exhibition design, installation and professional practice. RISE fosters a strong community awareness of contemporary arts practices and prepares new-generation artists for a professional career in the arts.

Submission Deadline: Fri. Jun. 10, 2022

Notification of Acceptance: Mid-July, 2022

Eligibility:

An emerging artist is defined as: someone who is in the early stage of their career (less than 5 years), has specialized training in their field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), and who has created a modest independent body of work.

Emerging artists may include students, recently graduated students from a post-secondary institution, or someone who has made a recent career change or decision to prioritize their art practice. The artist cannot be exhibiting work with a commercial gallery, and MUST be resident of Alberta for at least a year prior to the application deadline date.

Calls for submission are open to ALL visual art disciplines, and applicants may apply as an individual or as part of a collective of artists.

For submission guidelines, for more information and to apply click below.

Deadline: 10-06-2022

Call for Artists: Calgary Northeast Public Art Sculpture Project

The City of Calgary Public Art Program is now accepting applications for a sculpture project in northeast Calgary. Artists and artist teams interested in creating a community sculpture to be installed at the Genesis Centre are encouraged to apply.

This project is open to all artists who work, live, play or have a close connection to Northeast Calgary. We encourage submissions from groups that are typically underrepresented, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), LGBTQ2S+ identifying individuals, francophone, deaf persons and persons with disabilities.

One artist/artist team will be selected.

For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Call for Artists application below. Artists will be hired based on their qualifications and previous experience. A project proposal/design concept is not required at this time.

Submission deadline: 4:59 pm MST on Monday, June 13, 2022.

Deadline: 13-06-2022

Submissions are Open – Grain Magazine

Submissions are OPEN!

Published four times per year, Grain Magazine is an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.

Before submitting your work to Grain, we recommend you read a recent issue of the magazine. The latest issue of Grain is available to order by clicking the current issue cover image on the right of this page. We encourage self-identification.

Please adhere to the following guidelines and do not submit more than twice in one submission period (third and subsequent submissions will neither be read nor returned). Due to the volume of submissions, we are only able to publish one submission per author per calendar year. If you have work currently under consideration by Grain, please do not submit again until you have received a response. Grain has a nine-month submission period that runs from September 15th to June 15th. Manuscripts received outside of this window will be automatically rejected.

Types of Work We Consider

Send typed, unpublished material only (we consider work published online to be previously published). If work is submitted simultaneously, please let us know as soon as possible if it is accepted elsewhere. Please only submit work in one genre at one time.

Poetry

Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of six pages.

Fiction

To a maximum of 3,500 words.

Literary Nonfiction

To a maximum of 3,500 words.
For fiction and nonfiction submissions, PLEASE PROVIDE A WORD COUNT.

Other writing

Queries for submissions of work in other forms (i.e. short plays, comics, etc.) are welcome. You may submit such queries through Submittable or by mail.

Visual work

Mainly by invitation, though queries are welcome.

Contributor Payments

All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears. Visual work published inside the magazine (in black and white) and on the cover (in colour) is paid at the same page rate as text contributions to a maximum of $500.

Rights

Grain purchases first North American Serial Rights and First Digital Publication Rights. Copyright remains with the writer or artist.

Sending Work

Before submitting, please ensure that your work adheres to the following:

  • Submissions must follow industry formatting standards: typed in readable font (ideally 12 point, Times Roman), double-spaced for prose, free of typos, printed on one side only. No staples. Pieces of more than one page must be numbered.
  • Please include a cover letter with all contact information, title(s) and genre of work you are submitting, and a total page and word count. A brief bio is highly recommended.
  • You may submit your work through the mail or online through Submittable. We do not accept emailed submissions.

Mailed submissions can only be returned if you include a SASE of appropriate size for your writing with sufficient Canadian/International/US postage included. Or, if you’d like to save on postage and paper, we will reply by email if you provide an email address for that purpose only. Submissions that do not include one of these reply methods will not be read nor returned.

Response time is typically within six months. 

To Send Work Through Submittable:

Please visit https://grainmagazine.submittable.com/submit

NOTE: We have a monthly Submittable cap, and if we reached the said cap, online submissions will be closed until the following month. If you’d like to submit but our account is full, you can either submit by mail or wait until the 1st of the following month.

Send Mailed Submissions To:

Editor, Grain Magazine, PO Box 3986, Regina, SK, S4P 3R9, Canada

Submission Tips

  • If you are submitting work from outside Canada, please include a valid email address for reply purposes, as we cannot use non-Canadian postage.
  • Please do not send your submission via email. We accept submissions only through the mail and through Submittable. To be considered for publication or to receive a response, you must include either a SASE or an email address.

Deadline: 15-06-2022

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