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Apr. 17 2022
Call for C New Critics Award

Now in its 13th year, the C New Critics Award is designed to help identify, develop and promote the work of emerging art critics. Writers are invited to submit an 800-1,000 word review of an exhibition, performance, publication, or moving image work, by April 17, 2021. The winner will receive $750, editorial support to prepare their article for publication in the Autumn issue of C Magazine, and a two-year subscription. All participants will receive a one-year subscription.

For the purposes of the award, an emerging writer is defined as anyone who has not published more than one piece of writing in a recognized print or online publication, exclusive of student-run journals and magazines. The competition is open to anyone residing in Canada, regardless of citizenship status, and to Canadians living abroad.

Exhibition and performance reviews must address work that occurred no earlier than October 1, 2020, whereas book and moving image work reviews must address work made in the past two years. See our submissions page for more information for writers.

One submission per person. Send as a .docx file to editorial@cmagazine.com with “NEW CRITICS” in the subject line. Mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. Please let us know of any accommodation we may provide during the application process. Note that measures are taken to ensure that the identity of entrants remains unknown to adjudicators.

The submissions will be assessed by a C Magazine editor and jury of peers.

2021 C New Critics Award winner: Sasha Cordingley

For her review of Jesse Chun’s SULLAE 술래 (2020), a 6-minute long single-channel film.

Published in C Magazine Issue 150 “Maps” (Winter 2022).

Sasha Cordingley is a writer and editor from Hong Kong and the Philippines. Her practice is rooted in untangling the violent intersection of colonialism and racialization in contemporary culture, with a particular interest in the ways these systems affect those of the Asian diaspora. She is the recipient of the Henry Moore Institute Dissertation Prize.


C Magazine would like to thank all those who submitted their writing to the competition, as well as the 2021 award jurors Miriam Jordan-Haladyn, Sophie Le-Phat Ho, and Maya Wilson-Sanchez.

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