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15 May 2022

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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 May 15, 2022, the extended deadline. 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 January 1, 2022, 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. Upload your submission here at award-submission.cmagazine.com. 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. If you have questions please direct them to editorial@cmagazine.com

The submissions will be assessed by Maandeeq Mohamed, Reviews Editor at C Magazine, and two external jurors: Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot and Nataleah Hunter-Young.

Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot is an artist, administrator, and writer based in so-called Canada. Their research and community building practices centre queer, feminist, BIPOC, and analog moving image futures. Currently, they are the Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, co-Director of WNDX Festival of Moving Image and guest editor of the forthcoming Art&Wonder publication.

Nataleah Hunter-Young (they/she) is a writer and pre-doctoral fellow in Black Studies at Queen’s University. As a cultural worker, Nataleah is International Programmer (Africa & Arab West Asia) at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and in 2021 worked as consulting producer on the Criterion Collection’s 10th anniversary release of Dee Rees’s landmark film Pariah (2011). Her doctoral research in Communication & Culture at X (Ryerson) University and York University considers the social and cultural impacts of social media videos documenting anti-Black police brutality through the discursive interpretations of three Black visuals artists in Canada, the USA, and South Africa. You can find her recent writing in the Journal of Visual Culture, Canadian Art, Xtra, the Gardiner Museum, and issue #58 of Public: Art | Culture | Ideas titled “Smoke: Figures, Genres, Forms.”

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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