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Apr. 18 2021
Call for C New Critics Award 2021

Now in its 12th 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 Sunday, April 18, 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 Sophie Le-Phat Ho, Miriam Jordan-Haladyn, and C Magazine’s Associate Editor, Maya Wilson-Sanchez.

Sophie Le-Phat Ho is a cultural organizer who grew up in Tiohtià:ke / Montreal and its suburbs. For more than 15 years, her work has been about experimenting with tactics for fostering intersectional solidarities through anti-racist feminist organizing, publishing, and curating. Her individual and collaborative writings have been published in esse arts + opinions, Inter art actuel, ETC MEDIA, Le Merle, and Heteropolis, Livedspace, among others. Co-editor of the zine Represent: Fuck White Supremacy, she also guest edited and co-edited for .dpi, No More Potlucks, FUSE, and MICE. She currently works as a consultant, facilitator, and conflict mediator for community organizations. As the cofounder of the transdisciplinary collective Artivistic, and in all of her different roles, she aims to facilitate the emergence of a critical and creative culture rooted in social justice.

Miriam Jordan-Haladyn is a First Nations writer, artist, and scholar. She the author of Groundwork for a Haudenosaunee Philosophy (2020) and Dialogic Materialism: Bakhtin, Embodiment and Moving Image Art (2014), as well as numerous writings on contemporary art and Indigenous cultural history. With Julian Haladyn, she curated Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore (2019-2020) and The Films and Videos of Jamelie Hassan (2010). She is one of the founding editors of Blue Medium Press. Currently, Jordan-Haladyn teaches courses in art history at OCAD University.

2020 C New Critics Award winner: Kate Whiteway

For her review of a livestreamed conversation called Revisiting A Journal of the Plague Year’(2013) between curators Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero at Para Site in Hong Kong.

Published in C Magazine Issue 147 “Gather” (Autumn 2020).

Kate Whiteway is an independent curator based in Toronto. Her exhibitions include In & Out of Saskatchewan (Art Museum, 2019), Whispers That Got Away (SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, co-curated with Hera Chan and Thy Anne Chu Quang, 2018), and A Glass House Should Hold No Terrors (Montreal, co-curated with Yen-Chao Lin, 2016). She recently completed the Master of Visual Studies in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of the 2018 Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award. She has worked as Gallery Manager of SUGAR Contemporary and as Publications Assistant for the Art Museum.


We would also like to congratulate the runner-up, Olivia Klevorn

Olivia Klevorn is a queer, Black writer and artist born in Chicago and living in Toronto. She received a Master’s in Visual Anthropology from the University of Oxford and has served as curatorial assistant for London’s Serpentine Gallery. Primarily performance-based, her creative work uses body, text, and image to force a radical refiguring of marginalized subjectivities. Beyond writing, she loves techno and sour candy.

C Magazine would like to thank all those who submitted their writing to the competition, as well as the 2020 award jurors Jaclyn Bruneau, Monika Kin Gagnon and Amy Kazymerchyk.

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