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Editorial Mentorships

The Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship is an 11-week, full-time residency in the Canadian Art office, located in downtown Toronto (however, geographical work guidelines have changed for 2021; see below for details). Offered on a quarterly basis, the Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship is a contract position available to applicants who meet the following criteria: current student (summer session only) or recent undergraduate, graduate or other post-secondary student,* or an applicant with equivalent experience, with an interest in developing expertise in the realm of professional art-magazine publishing. Experience will be gained in writing, editing, proofreading, layout, image research and digital initiatives.

Applications are now open for 2021 positions. Residents receive a flat fee of $10,000 and are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.

Changes to the Editorial Residency in 2021

Due to COVID-19, our staff has shifted to working remotely on a Monday to Thursday weekly schedule. As a result, we are opening this opportunity to applicants from across the country and residents are not required to relocate to Toronto. Applicants must be located within Canada during the time of the residency and be available to work Monday to Thursday, and Fridays during the production period, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. This is a full-time position with regular virtual meetings, where you will work closely with and be part of the Canadian Art staff team. If safe to do so, residents can participate in the magazine’s print production process, which takes place in the Canadian Art office following current Toronto COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Mentorship and Application Dates

Spring 2021: March 8 to May 21, 2021
Application deadline: January 17, 2021, 5 p.m. EST

Summer 2021: May 31 to August 13, 2021
Application deadline: January 17, 2021, 5 p.m. EST

To apply, submit a writing sample on an art-related topic (maximum 1000 words), a cover letter and a one-page CV (PDFs only) to with the subject line “Editorial Mentorship.” Please indicate the period to which you are applying. Your writing sample should take the form of a review, profile or short essay (no Q&A-style interviews). 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. We encourage you to become familiar with our editorial vision and contributor guidelines before submitting.

* As defined by graduation within two years of the Editorial Mentorship position to which you are applying. For questions about equivalent experience, please contact us at Applicants must be Canadian citizens or current residents of Canada, and must be permitted to legally work in Canada.

Supported by the RBC Foundation. The RBC Foundation is committed to supporting emerging artists and writers from across Canada and is proud to support Canadian Art’s Editorial Mentorship program.