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Call for the Indigenous Art Writing Award

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30 Oct 2023

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Indigenous Art Writing Award

Presented by C Magazine and the Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones.

We’re thrilled to launch the 2nd annual Indigenous Art Writing Award, an initiative created to support, compensate, and platform three standout individuals who are advancing critical and creative thought about Indigenous contemporary art.

Indigenous writers are invited to submit a single non-fiction (creative non-fiction welcome!) text about an artist, project, exhibition, performance, event, initiative, or theme. Suggested length for submissions is between 1000-2000 words.

The winner will receive $1500 CAD, editorial support to prepare their article for publication in an upcoming issue of C Magazine, and a two-year subscription. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1000 CAD, an invitation to develop a pitch for a different text to be published in C Magazine, and a two-year subscription. All participants will have the option to request feedback, and will receive a one-year subscription.

Applicants must identify as an Indigenous person. There are no geographical restrictions, although we strongly encourage those based in Canada to apply. Submissions should be primarily in English, but may include non-English words or phrases. For submissions entirely in another language, we require translations. The award will be adjudicated by an ICCA representative, a C Magazine editor, and an external juror. One submission per applicant. Complete the submission form by October 30, 2023.

Please write to editor@cmagazine.com if you require any accommodation during the application process. Note that measures will be taken to ensure that the identity of entrants remains unknown to adjudicators. More information about writing for C Magazine can be found on our Submissions page.

We are pleased to welcome Krista ᐅᓗᔪᒃ Zawadski and Adrienne Huard as this year's jurors. Zawadski and Huard will be joined by C Magazine’s Online and Reviews Editor, Maandeeq Mohamed, as this year’s internal juror.

Krista ᐅᓗᔪᒃ Zawadski is from Igluligaarjuk and Kangirłiniq, Nunavut. She identifies as an Inuk curator, anthropologist, arts leader, researcher, scholar and writer. Her areas of expertise are Arctic anthropology, collections-based research, storywork, and Inuit curatorial research and practice. Krista’s outlook, research, and work are deeply rooted in her upbringing in Nunavut, and she feels it reflected in many aspects of her work.

Adrienne Huard (they/them) is an Anishinaabe Two-Spirit curator, writer, Sundancer, and performer. They are a registered member of Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 territory and currently reside in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Additionally, Huard is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Manitoba, researching Two-Spirit, trans, and queer Indigenous critiques, aesthetics, and visual culture. They are a recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral award, and serve as board Co-Chair for 2Spirit Manitoba Inc., alongside Dr. Alex Wilson.


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