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Canadian Art Writing Prize

Founded in 2009, the Canadian Art Writing Prize is a juried award designed to encourage new writers on contemporary art.

The winner of this national competition is commissioned to write a feature story for Canadian Art and receives a $3,000 award, while the two-runners up each receive recognition in the magazine and a $1,000 award. Both the winner and the runners-up receive complimentary subscriptions to Canadian Art.

The 2018 Writing Prize was awarded to Camille Georgeson-Usher of Toronto, who will be commissioned to write a feature story for a future issue of Canadian Art and will receive a $3,000 award. The two runners-up are Phanuel Antwi of Vancouver and Corinna Wollf of Saskatoon. Each will receive recognition in the magazine and a $1,000 award.

To be eligible for this prize, the applicant must be 18 years of age or older and have had no more than three pieces of writing published in national or international magazines.

Application guidelines: Please send an unpublished writing sample (between 1,200 and 1,500 words) on an art-related subject, plus a 200-word biographical sketch, to Your writing sample should take the form of a critical essay. If you are reviewing an exhibition, please frame it as a critical discussion that relates to current artistic and cultural discourse. Successful writing samples will be opinionated, provocative and original, and will reflect Canadian Art’s commitment to intelligent, accessible prose that connects contemporary art to wider ideas, culture and politics. Before submitting, we encourage you to become familiar with stories we’ve published since implementing our new editorial vision in Spring 2016, and to refer to our pitch guidelines.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation and the Norman and Margaret Jewison Foundation.