Call For Submissions: Emerging Writers

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Deadline: February 10th, 2017

Y+ contemporary seeks emerging writers to participate in our new writing mentorship program: REPLY ALL. Writers will be paid to produce short commissioned texts under the mentorship of Philip Monk. Writers of non-art backgrounds, as well as emerging artists and student writers, are encouraged to apply.

Selected writers will respond to critical issues that surround Y+ contemporary's programming by producing an essay between 500-1000 words for distribution through a printed text and publication on our website. For each essay, Y+ will pay a standard, commissioning fee of $150. The essays will be published in print and online by Y+ contemporary, with a launch to take place in spring 2017. As part of our partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough, one position will be prioritized for a student currently attending UTSC.


1. Two short samples of writing representative of your style range and subjects of interest - no longer than 800 words each (excerpts welcome), pdf format.

2. CV including any previous publications

3. Submit to info@ypluscontemporary, with the subject heading "REPLY ALL: Submission" by February 10th, 2017.

While all candidates should possess some working knowledge of contemporary art, we are also interested in establishing interdisciplinary contact with writers involved in other fields of research and capable of bringing a unique perspective to topical concerns in our programming.

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Philip Monk is Director of the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto. Previously he was curator at The Power Plant (1994 – 2003) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (1985 – 1994). From 1977 – 1984 he was a writer and in the early 1980s a free-lance curator. He has written twelve books, including Glamour is Theft: A User’s Guide to General Idea (2012) and Is Toronto Burning?: Three Years in the Making (and Unmaking) of the Toronto Art Scene (2016). As well as scores of articles, reviews, and essays, he has written dozens of catalogues on international and Canadian artists. In 2009, he was the inaugural recipient of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2011 he received the Hnatyshyn Award for Curatorial Excellence.

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REPLY ALL is a part of Dialogues+, a multi-faceted project that brings together three peer mentorship programs facilitated by Y+ contemporary: a Youth Residency, CRITS + CHILL, and a Writing Mentorship. Our aim in developing these programs is to provide access to meaningful professional development opportunities for young artists and arts professionals within the Scarborough community, encouraging investment in the arts community outside of the downtown Toronto core. All programs will be offered at no charge to the participants.

Dialogues+ is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Doris McCarthy Gallery and the Office of the Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough.
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