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Culture in Your Community – Postcard Competition

In 2021, Calgary’s Loft 112 spearheaded an amazing project called Cards for Community.

Using this as inspiration, Parkland Poets’ Society is launching a province-wide Postcard Project showcasing culture in our very own Alberta communities.

What we are looking for:

A physical OR digital 4×6 postcard sharing some combination of words and images and showcasing culture in your community.

What the completed project will look like:

An art installation/gallery-exhibit-type display that will be a visual representation of what “Culture in Your Community” means to Albertans. The display will be unveiled in a public event being hosted in the Stony Plain Public Library on Saturday, Sept 24, 2022.


To link Albertans together in a tapestry of words and images.

How do I enter?

Submissions accepted June 1st to August 31st, 2022.

  1. Download/Print a submission form to be sent TOGETHER with your submission. CLICK HERE FOR FORM.
  2. Submit form and postcard by email to: [email protected] or by regular mail to: Parkland Poets’ Society, 227 Brookview Way, Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2X7.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Original entries only – all ages
  2. Must include some combination of words and images
  3. Size 4 inches x 6 inches
  4. One side of postcard only
  5. Digital Submissions must be submitted as hi-res PDF or JPG files

Ideas to get you started:

  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • Mixed media
  • Original photo
  • Micro-stories
  • Poetry
  • Original song lyrics
  • Handicrafts that fit on the postcard (reproduced in 2D)

What can you win?

  • Prizes for 18 and over:
    • First Place: $100
    • Second Place: $75
    • Third Place: $50
    • PLUS: one year membership in Parkland Poets’ Society – Value $25
    • Plus: your postcard framed!
  • Prizes for under 18:
    • First Place: $100
    • Second Place: $75
    • Third Place: $50
    • PLUS: one year membership in Parkland Poets’ Society – Value $25
    • Plus: your postcard framed!
  • Inclusion on the feature wall display

After completion of the project, the winning postcards may be made available for purchase as a fundraiser for Parkland Poets’ Society.

Deadline: 31-08-2022

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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.


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

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The Municipality is looking for artwork to be featured on street banners

2022 Street Banner Program

Calling all Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo artists and creative individuals of all ages and skill levels! The 2022 Street Banner program is open and accepting artwork submissions until July 29.

Artwork will be selected by a panel of community organizations and the designs will be displayed on street banners throughout the Region from fall 2022 to spring 2023. Selected design recipients will receive a $500 artist design fee and a screened banner.

Design theme: Northern spirit

Share a design that captures our Northern Spirit and showcases the dynamic cultural fabric of the region. Wood Buffalo has strong global connections, and vibrant culture that supports a diverse region rich in history.

Our Northern Spirit is dynamic and adds to the cultural diversity of languages, traditions, celebrations, sports, activities, and landscapes that can be found here in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo.

This theme can recognize the coming together of community through a number of events which include but are not limited to the Arctic Winter Games and the International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

Artwork limitations

View the the full program guide to learn more about the program – Street Banner Program Guide

  • Submissions can include creatively designed digital or artistic artwork.  Photography will not be accepted
  • Minimum finished artwork size must maintain a proportional scale of 19cm x 59.7 cm (7.5” x 23.5”). Artwork to be submitted on 130 lb cold press art paper. Art Paper can be picked-up
  • Digital designs should be a minimum of 300 dpi as .JPG, and EPS or AI files
  • Use colours that are deep, saturated and provide contrast
  • Artistic design to fill the entire space of the art paper, from edge to edge (no borders)
  • Avoid detailed design on the bottom 7.6cm (3”) of art paper as selected entries will have logo placement added during fabrication that will overlay on design
  • Consider scale and distance of the viewing audience and use large scale images. Text if used should be one – two words only and support the depiction of design  

Artwork paper and submission process

Art paper needed to complete your submission can be picked up at the Culture and Social Development branch located on the fourth floor of the Jubilee Building (9909 Franklin Avenue). Completed banner submissions can also be returned to this location.

Rural artists can contact their local Municipal Offices on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up art paper and drop off completed submissions.

Submissions should also be accompanied by the completed Artist Information, Waiver and Photo Release forms.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2022

Submission guidelines:

  • Participants are limited to a maximum of two entries
  • Participants must be a resident of and residing in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Artwork must stay within the theme and limitations as indicated (scale, colour, design parameters)
  • Digital designs should be a minimum of 300 dpi as .JPG, EPS or AI files. Email submissions to not exceed 10MB
  • Original artwork is required. Photographs or mechanical reproductions (e.g. scan) of artwork will not be accepted
  • On the back of each submission, clearly include:
    • full name
    • age (if under 18)
    • phone number and
    • email

Banner selection process

  • Artwork will be chosen by a selection panel made up of representatives from community organizations
  • Selected submission will be notified on or before August 10, 2022
  • Chosen artwork will be professionally digitalized and transferred on to a 76.2cm x 238.76cm (30” x 94”) banner.  Banner placement maybe on a singular or double banner pole
  • Selected banner design recipients will receive a $500.00 artist design fee and a screened banner

Deadline: 29-07-2022

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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.


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


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.


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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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

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Henry Armstrong Award

Submissions for the Henry Armstrong Award are now open!

The Henry Armstrong Award (HAA) is a newly launched bursary and mentorship program, created to develop, elevate, and support Indigenous artists within the Canadian music industry. Named for MDM Recordings Inc. president and founder Mike Denney’s grandfather Lloyd Henry and mother Gloria Denney (née Armstrong), both fellow Six Nations Lower Mohawk, The Henry Armstrong Award aims to provide unique opportunities for growth and development to the selected recipient.

The genesis for the HAA began in the spring of 2021, following the initial uncovering of the 215 Indigenous children in the Kamloops Residential School mass grave. Knowing he wanted to help, Denney called upon his fellow industry and quickly put together a committee united with the goal of promoting inclusivity, equity, and equality in the Canadian Indigenous Music space.

Newly launched in 2022, the HAA is open to all Indigenous music artists across Canada. Following the application window, a juried selection process will begin via a committee of Canadian music industry professionals, culminating with the chosen act receiving a $10,000 bursary, along with a tailored mentorship program of professional development services.


Subject to the conditions herein, the Contest is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding residents of Quebec) and who are the age of majority or older at time of entry. Both individuals and groups are eligible to participate in the Contest. Contestants are registered subject to proving eligibility, including verification of age and identity by providing a legible copy of a valid form of government-issued photo ID, upon request. Failure to provide the requested documentation may result in disqualification, at MDM’s sole discretion.

General Requirements

  • For the purposes of the Contest, MDM is seeking and will accept submissions that fall into any genre of music (including traditional or contemporary styles of music). 
  • Both bands/musical groups and solo/individual musical artists are eligible to apply. 
  • Contestants must provide the names of all band members at time of registration. 
  • All artists must be Canadian citizens and of Indigenous descent. MDM reserves the right to request proof of citizenship or status card and failure to provide proof by deadline may result in disqualification. The group is deemed by MDM, in its sole discretion, to be Canadian and Indigenous on the basis of:
    • the Canadian member(s) receiving the majority of royalties, touring profits and other proceeds earned by the group; and
    • the Canadian member(s) being the the principal songwriter(s) for the group.
  • Eligible artists must NOT have been previously nominated for a JUNO Award, Polaris Music Prize or a Canadian Country Music Association Award.
  • Eligible artists must be registered SOCAN members. To complete the application visit socan.ca. SOCAN membership for songwriters is free of charge.
  • Eligible artists must have, and actively use, social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
  • Eligible artists must have completed at least ten (10) Live Performances in the last three (3) years. “Live Performances” means live performance engagements where the artist or band was paid a guaranteed fee or percentage of revenue from ticket sales. (Due to pandemic restrictions in 2021 this requirement has been temporarily removed)


One (1) Finalist will be chosen as the winner. The winner will be named The Henry Armstrong Award Recipient for the applicable year and will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD, which is to be used for the development of recorded musical content and for musical performances. 

The winner will also receive:

  • One hour consultations with music industry experts in the following areas: record label/management (Mike Denney, MDM Recordings), artist (Don Amero) radio promotion (Dale Peters), media (Red Umbrella PR), digital/social (Sara Franczyk), Indigenous Grants (Laurie Brown), brand partnerships (Tiffany Tse). These consultations are valued at roughly $2500 CAD. 
  • Quarterly check-ins and discussions with Mike Denney and Don Amero for the duration of the year. 

Mission Statement/Origins

The mission of the Henry Armstrong Award is simple – to further develop, elevate and support the diverse talents in the Canadian Indigenous music community.

Deadline for submissions: May 13, 2022. 

For more information on eligibility and rules visit their website here.

Deadline: 13-05-2022

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2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award

Apply now for the 2022 Emerging Artist Award! Alberta artists in the early stages of their professional careers can apply for the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award until midnight February 4, 2022.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity oversees the application and adjudication process for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards.

Any questions regarding the award or the application process can be sent to [email protected]

The Emerging Artist Awards program gives up to 10 awards of $10,000 each to support and encourage promising artists early in their professional careers. Emerging Artist Awards are given out every second year (in even years). For more details go to About the Emerging Artist Awards.

Deadline: 04-02-2022

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2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize

The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions.

You have until Feb. 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your original, unpublished works of nonfiction, up to 2,000 words. There is no minimum word requirement.

You may submit memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing or a feature article.

The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.
The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books.

Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

Submissions are read by a panel of established writers and editors from across the country. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of three prominent Canadian writers.

Montreal writer Chanel M. Sutherland won the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize for her story Umbrella.

Deadline: 28-02-2022

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Grand Philharmonic Choir Choral Works Competition

The Grand Philharmonic Choir Choral Works Competition welcomes new, unpublished and unperformed works by composers 30 years of age or under.

The GPC Choral Works Competition is for composers, to encourage the creation of new music for symphonic chorus, mixed chamber choir, children’s choirs and youth choirs on an annual rotating basis. This year the winning work will be for Adult SATB choir.

A jury of professional musicians, including Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen, will review the applications. The composer’s name will be removed from entries.

The winning composer receives a prize of $2000 and a Grand Philharmonic SATB Adult Choir ensemble will perform the piece in the 2021-2022 season. Funds are available for travel (if travel is approved by public health authorities) so that the winning composer can attend the dress rehearsal and premiere.

The winner should also be prepared to provide a rehearsal guide for singers to support their learning in the event that rehearsals take place in an online environment.

This competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The Grand Philharmonic Choir strongly encourages composers of diverse backgrounds and experiences, including Black and Indigenous composers, to submit works for consideration.

The guidelines of the competition change each year depending on which ensemble of the Grand Philharmonic Choir organization is the focus of the competition. Works must be unpublished and unperformed at the time of the competition and must follow the criteria of the competition with respect to length, instrumentation, text, etc. Securing the permission to use texts currently under copyright is the responsibility of the composer (proof of permission will be a requirement of the winning entrant).

To enter a work for the 2021-22 competition:

  • Entries will be submitted online in 2021. If this is a problem for you, please be in touch at [email protected]
  • Fill out and submit the registration form, and email it to [email protected]ilchoir.com.
  • There is no application fee, in consideration of the difficulties posed to the performing arts by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Submit an electronic copy of the original work to the above email, notated using computer notation software in open score format (Sibelius, Finale, etc). Ensure that the composer’s name, or other identifiers do NOT appear on the score.
  • The deadline for entry is December 15, 2021.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by the GPC office.

For more details contact:

Grand Philharmonic Choir
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON, N2H 6P7
Amy Dale: [email protected]

Deadline: 15-12-2021

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Call for Exhibitions – 2022 Exposure Photography Festival

Register your exhibition now to be a part of the 2022 Exposure Photography Festival!

The annual Exposure Photography Festival presents exhibitions that celebrate the medium of photography. The festival brings together a vibrant network of practicing photographers, visual artists and engaged audiences who continue to enhance the discourse in photography.

Our exhibition programme showcases the best contemporary and historic work from established, mid-career, emerging photographers and visual artists from Alberta and around the world! Exposure 2021 received 878,355 visits and welcomed audiences local and international, loyal and new. From New Zealand to Mexico, South Korea to Zimbabwe, Uruguay to Hungry, Exposure grew its audience worldwide with members based in 86 different countries engaging with our online exhibitions and events. Exposure 2020 received 859,543 in-person visits to its exhibitions from Exposure’s local and international audience members. 

The Exposure Photography Festival and its year-round programming is inclusive and participatory, a collaboration amongst members of the photographic community and the public. The festival brings people together to celebrate, discuss and engage in the medium of photography and contemporary practices. Each year we introduce exciting new programming and international perspectives to our audiences, drawing attention to Calgary and Alberta as the site of an active, growing, creative community in the field of photography. 

Registering your exhibition with Exposure allows you — a gallery, arts organisation, DIY space, artist collective, an independent artist, photographer or curator — to become part of our programming and join our celebration of photography. Being a part of Exposure’s programming means that we can promote your exhibition to our audiences, and we can partner on related events. Please note that local and international online exhibitions are welcome however your online exhibition must be hosted via your own independent website and available for Alberta audiences to enjoy during the month of February. 

Deadline to submit is October 5, 2021.

Deadline: 05-10-2021

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The 5th Annual Scripts on Fire

Stories For The New World

Is it the end? Is it the beginning? Is it something we’d never imagined before?

We are eagerly anticipating what the creators have been creating, what stories the storytellers are telling, what dreams the dreamers are dreaming.

We want to know what you’ve been wrestling with while sitting on your couch or walking your new dog.

We love stories about what you believe, what you don’t believe and why. We exist to create conversations and tell stories that matter.

We would love to help you tell your story and to get it in front of an audience.
This is the year to be brave.
Put your pants back on and get writing.

If you have any questions about what to submit, how to submit, and why you should submit, contact our Artistic Director – [email protected]

Deadline: 15-09-2021

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The Wildfire National Playwriting Competition

What is Wildfire?
We want to read awesome plays by young Canadian playwrights and we are willing to offer cash money! We are looking for playwrights 30 years of age or under to submit fresh, young scripts that embrace risk, grit and innovation. The two winning scripts selected by our jury will receive a cash prize, an optional development workshop*,and a staged reading* at MMMC’s Wildfire Showcase in association with Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! Festival.

*How workshops and readings are run is dependent on current COVID restrictions

What kind of cash prize?
This year we will be awarding the first-place playwright $750 and the runner up a prize of $250.

Okay! How do I apply?
To download our submission guidelines and form go to www.mmmtheatrecollective.com/wildfire

Deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2020

Any questions? Shoot us a line at [email protected]

Deadline: 30-06-2021

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