C New Critics

Now in its 11th year, the C New Critics Award is designed to help 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 21, 2020. 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, excluding student-run journals and magazines. The competition is open to anyone residing in Canada, and Canadians living abroad.

Exhibition and performance reviews must address work that occurred no earlier than Oct. 1, 2019, whereas book and moving image work reviews must address work made in the past two years.

One submission per person. Send as a .docx file to with “NEWCRITICS” in the subject line. Mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. See our submissions page for more info about what we expect from contributors.

Please let us know if you require any accommodation during the application process. Note that measures are taken to ensure that the identity of entrants remains unknown to adjudicators.

Jurors for 2020 include Jaclyn Bruneau, Monika Kin Gagnon and Amy Kazymerchyk.

Amy Kazymerchyk is a curator who has paid particular attention to moving image and time-based practices, with intrigue and care for their encounters with visual art, cinema, performance, and poetics. She has been the Curator of SFU Galleries’ Audain Gallery, the Events and Exhibitions Coordinator at VIVO Media Arts Centre, and Programmer of DIM Cinema at The Cinematheque.

Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She has published on cultural politics, the visual and media arts since the 1980s, including Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002) with Richard Fung, and as co-editor of Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 with Janine Marchessault (2014), and forthcoming In Search of Expo 67, based on a group exhibition co-curated with Lesley Johnstone at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in 2017. Her current research is on cultural memory, creative archiving, and experimental media arts.

Jaclyn Bruneau is a writer, critic, and the Editor of C Magazine. She currently serves on the board of directors at Images Festival, and is underway on an inconspicuous yearlong art publishing project in the online classifieds with Natasha Chaykowski and Untitled Art Society called please, teach me to swim. In 2017, she conducted a yearlong research study on contemporary art and cultural criticism, funded by the British Columbia Arts Council. She was the Managing Editor of MICE Magazine from 2017-18, a resident at the Banff Centre’s Critical Art Writing Ensemble in 2016, and the Editorial Resident at Canadian Art in 2015. She has given talks on exhibitions and projects by more than 20 artists, including Krista Belle Stewart, Jeremy Shaw, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Shimabuku, and others.