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C New Critics Award 2023 Application Deadline: April 13, 2023

C New Critics Award 2022 Winner will be published in issue 153

2021 C New Critics Award winner: Sasha Cordingley

Sasha Cordingley's review of Jesse Chun’s SULLAE 술래 (2020) was published in C Magazine Issue 150 (Winter 2022).

In her review of Jesse Chun's SULLAE 술래 (2020)––a 6-minute long single-channel film which roots itself in the precolonial Korean women’s harvest and fertility dance––this year's winner Sasha Cordingly offers a unique perspective on women’s ritual, translation, and language. Reflecting on the video’s exploration of phonemes in English and the Korean alphabet and showing text, Cordingley writes that Chun “interrupts the use of English as a tool toward nationalist consciousness and colonial ownership by dispossessing its aural, sonic, and visual frameworks. Disconnected from its violent positioning as a privileged vehicle which has served to provide both agency and currency within a globalized economy, Chun reveals a language which, at its core, is hollow and empty—like the centre of the circles that materialize throughout the film.”

Now in its 14th year, the C New Critics Award is designed to help develop and promote the work of emerging art critics. This program gives C Magazine the opportunity to identify and support promising new writers, who often become regular contributors. Writers are invited to submit an 800-1,000 word review of an exhibition, performance, publication, or moving image work by the annual deadline. The winner receives a financial award, editorial support to prepare their article for publication in the forthcoming issue of C Magazine, and a two-year subscription. All participants receive a one-year subscription.

Submissions

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

Submissions are assessed by C Magazine editors and external jurors, announced each year. Note that measures are taken to ensure that the identity of entrants remains unknown to adjudicators.

Submission deadlines vary from year to year. Exhibition and performance reviews are expected to address recent work. Timeframes are specified each year (2023 submissions will to address work that occurred no earlier than November 1, 2022). Reviews of book and moving image work must address work made in the past two years.

Submissions are restricted to one 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. More information for writers is available on our Write for Us page.