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Contributor Guidelines

As a national non-profit organization, Canadian Art is committed to being a leading forum for accessible, smart writing and conversations about contemporary art, and to supporting and mentoring the next generation of art writers. Successful pitches will adhere closely to our editorial submission guidelines.

All pitches should be sent to pitches@canadianart.ca, with the subject line indicating if the pitch is for print or digital.

If you want to submit a listing to our Agenda section, please visit this link.

Pitches are consensus-vetted by the editorial team the first week of every month.

Only writers whose pitches are accepted for publication will be contacted by reply email. Please note that Canadian Art is a general-interest publication, and does not publish academic writing.

ONLINE

We have a refreshed visual and navigational experience online, and are looking for distinctive, diverse and expanded critical perspectives from across the country and beyond.

REVIEWS 400-600 words, $250

Quirky or serious, descriptive or polemic, reviews cover events and exhibitions, nationally and internationally, that are of interest to our readers. 

NEWS STORIES under 600 words, $250

We accept pitches and tips for news stories and features about issues relevant to contemporary art in Canada, and Canadian artists, exhibitions and trends abroad.

INTERVIEWS under 2000 words (2500 with an introduction) $400

ESSAYS and FEATURES 1200-1800 words, $600

We are committed to voicey, opinionated essays, interviews and articles that demonstrate how art is connected to other disciplines—and that take contemporary art as a starting point for broader engagements with society- and culture-at-large. Whether longer reviews or outright manifestos, essays are spaces for writers to share original thinking, tastes, hot takes and critical, curious perspectives on artists, art practices, exhibitions, performances and cultural production of all kinds. 

PROFILES and INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM 2000-2500 words, $1,000

We are committed to supporting writers who pursue in-depth stories requiring time and research to complete. We are looking for investigative pieces that uncover or engage with structural, social, economic, educational and aesthetic realities of the art world and beyond. This means hands-on researching, interviewing, and collecting leads and testimony to create full, objective and balanced stories with journalistic integrity. We also want to present close, intimate, well-written portraits of the artists, workers and characters who comprise the fabric of the art world. Tell us in great writing that is wry, sensitive and urgent about those who are outspoken, talented, under-appreciated, overlooked, idiosyncratic and/or outrageous.

PRINT

300-word reviews pay $225; 500-word reviews pay $375.

Front-of-book texts “Keynote,” a 500-word overture on our issue theme, and “Fiction/Poetry,” pay $375 each. “Legacy,” 800–1,000 words, is about a little known aspect of Canadian art history, or is a unique twist on a well-known story or figure; it pays $600.

Two-page essays or features from 1,000 to 1,200 words pay $750; four-page essays or features from 2,000 to 2,500 words pay $1,500.

Investigative features of between 2,500 and 3,500 words pay between $1,875 and $2,500.

Payment is delivered at time of publication.

EDITORIAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1. Read our magazine and website regularly to get a sense of our tone and style, and become familiar with Canadian Art’s editorial vision.

2. We publish smart, accessible prose, but not academic writing. We are always interested in original thinking, under-told histories and marginalized voices that challenge the status quo (including the art-world status quo).

3. Are you pitching a review? We are interested in unconventional and generous approaches to the form. We would prefer that the review be exciting and stimulating to readers who have not seen the show, and/or have not had beers with the artists/curators. We currently publish both short and long reviews, but will accept a long review pitch only if it contains a strong, provocative, coherent argument.

4. Manage and refine your pitch. You are pitching us an article, not a doctoral thesis or a book. If you are pitching a review, it is not enough to simply say you’re interested in the show. Tell us why.

5. Check to see if we have already published a piece about the artist, exhibition or concept you are pitching before you get in touch. If you are pitching a thinkpiece, check to see if your idea has already been tackled in the same manner by another writer for us, or for another publication.

6. Compose your story outline and angle using the same tone in which you will write your piece. Use your pitch to show us what kind of writer you are.

7. If you have not worked with us before, attach one or two relevant clips or links.

8. Tell us how long it will take you to turn the piece around and let us know if you are pitching your idea to other publications simultaneously so that we can get back to you within an appropriate time frame.

9. Keep it short: limit the length of your pitch so that it fits on one printed page. Ideally, your pitch is no more than five sentences.

10. We do not typically accept pieces on spec, i.e., pieces that have already been written.

11. We do not typically accept pitches from curators wanting to write on exhibitions that they are organizing or that are hosted at their place of employment, or on artists with whom they are professionally affiliated. We also do not typically accept pitches from artists who wish for us to write about their own work; a portfolio is not a pitch. If you want to let us know about an upcoming project or artist, we would love to hear from you, and if interested will assign a writer to cover your project.

Thank you for your time,

The Canadian Art editorial team