Event Category: Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions: The Rhubarb Festival

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Deadline: September 13, 2019

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2020 Rhubarb Festival (Festival Dates: February 12 – 22, 2020). The Rhubarb Festival provides artists with space and support to create new works that are strange, pushing the edges, risky and challenging. Selected projects will be featured during the festival and will receive technical, production, promotional, and artistic support. In addition to an honorarium, Festival artists also receive an unlimited artist pass, allowing them to see work for free by local, national, and international artists in our programme.

More information and how to submit

General Programming
Rhubarb seeks proposals for new, not previously produced performance projects and experiments. Rhubarb is a space for imagination and for pushing boundaries: your own, your audiences’, and those of your artistic practice. We are looking for proposals by artists who want to explore and expand – projects that fight the normative, projects that ask big questions, and forms that ask and dream the impossible. Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging creators. Projects in the General Programming category should run 25 minutes in length. Rhubarb encourages submissions from a wide variety of live artistic mediums with a focus on experimentation. These forms can include but are not limited to Theatre, Performance Art, Dance, Music, and Interdisciplinary or Hybrid forms.

Special Presentations
At Rhubarb, we pride ourselves in being open and malleable to new artistic practices and forms. Do you have a project that you feel doesn’t fit within our General Programming constraints? Does it need a specific space or time constraint that you don’t think is currently available to you at our Festival? The Special Presentations call is for work that doesn’t fit, work that wants to bust open the containers of the Festival and surprise us in new ways that you don’t think we’ve thought of before. Special Projects could be but are by no means limited to Late Night Cabaret Presentations, Site-Specific Work, Durational Work, Installation Projects, One-to-One Performance Projects, Multimedia Experiments, Panel Discussions, Community-Driven Arts Projects, and One Night Performance Projects.

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Call for Submissions: Re Nature

Deadline: September 30, 2019
Re Nature: Writing on a World under Threat

Understorey Magazine invites submissions of critical writing & visual art – for a nature in crisis.

  • How can we reflect on a natural world that is threatened by our own presence?
  • How should we move beyond reflection to inspire action?
  • How does environmental crisis dis/affect women in particular?
  • How might it further marginalise those already at the margins?
  • Open to submissions of prose, poetry, visual art – and creative recombinations of these forms – by writers and artists in Canada who identify as women or non-binary.

Honorarium available for accepted work.

Free Editing Services for Issue 17! Have something to say about climate change — and not sure how to say it? Passionate about the environment but new to literary writing?

Understorey Magazine aims to inspire new and emerging writers, as well as support established writers. For Issue 17, we are offering free editing services. Send us your stories and poems. We will send our thoughts on what already works and what can be improved. We can’t publish everything we receive — but we can help you polish your writing and find a place to share it with the world. All submissions must adhere to our general guidelines.

More information and how to submit

Understorey Magazine publishes literary writing and visual art by and about women in Canada. “Women” includes all who identify as such or as non-binary. “In Canada” includes those who identify as First Nations or Métis, those with or applying for permanent residence and Canadians living abroad. We love words but are not stuck on labels or definitions. Contact us if you have questions about eligibility.

Understorey Magazine aims to publish as many different voices, styles, and perspectives as possible. We welcome submissions from women of various ages, cultures, ethnicities, gender identities, abilities and disabilities, and educational and economic backgrounds.

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Call for Submissions: 1984 Revisited

Deadline: September 6, 2019

For our 84th issue we plan to pay homage to the dystopian world that was depicted in George Orwell’s novel 1984. A revisit and analysis of Orwell’s world as depicted in his seminal dystopian novel, along with other complementary dystopian works and reviews, will form the over-arching theme for our Winter 2019 issue. In a time of growing uncertainty about the future, readers have been turning to dystopian classics. As reported in the NY Times, January 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale is among several classic dystopian novels that seem to be resonating with readers at a moment of heightened anxiety about the state of American democracy. Sales have also risen drastically for George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, which shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list.

Other novels that today’s readers may not have picked up since high school but have landed on the top reading lists recently are Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, Brave New World, a futuristic dystopian story set in England in 2540; and Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here, a satire about a bellicose presidential candidate who runs on a populist platform in the United States but turns out to be a fascist demagogue.” This issue will also offer us the opportunity to reflect on the state of American democracy and Canada’s own rise of alt-right Conservatism.

More information and how to submit

subTerrain publishes original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary three times a year. Submissions must be previously unpublished material. subTerrain welcomes submissions from both emerging and established authors.

We are happy to consider work from all corners of the identity spectrum, including works by underrepresented writers, including but not limited to writers who are indigenous, of colour, immigrants, women, LGBTQI+, low-income, no-income, and writers with disabilities. Submitters are welcome to state demographics such as race, age, gender, etc. in their cover letter if they so choose.

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TD Fringe Forward Award

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Deadline: August 18, 2019

The Vancouver Fringe Festival, in partnership with Neworld Theatre and generously sponsored by TD Bank Group, are establishing this Award to recognize an excellent production that centres the work of artists from historically marginalized communities and is looking for further opportunities for development. Selected by jury, this Award includes a performance opportunity, rehearsal space, mentorship, and cash for future development.

More information and how to apply on the Neworld Theatre website

You are eligible for this award if:

  • The work is created by individuals who identify as being from a historically marginalized community (Indigenous, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, or mixed heritage that includes one or more of these groups and/or; d/Deaf, living with a disability, LGBTQ+)
  • You are in search of further development opportunities for your project and are interested in remounting your production

What we are looking for:

  • You approached the work from a place of authenticity and meaningfully engaged with the subject matter
  • Your production centres the work of artists from historically marginalized communities
  • The work’s potential for future development or remount

Additional Information:

  • This does not have to be an ‘issues’ play. Your piece can be about anything. You can do whatever drives you creatively
  • Community engagement initiatives were, when appropriate, integrated into your work
  • Accessibility for all audience members was thoroughly considered and, when possible, implemented


  • A performance spot between September 18 & 22, 2019 as part of the Pick of the Fringe week at Performance Works or a 3-night run as part of the Fringe’s Theatre Wire season (dates and venue to be mutually determined). Venue, technicians, front of house staff, ticketing services, and marketing all provided
  • A $5000 cash prize to go towards further development and/or remounting your production
  • One week of free rehearsal space at Progress Lab 1422
  • Mentorship customized based on the goals of the artists. Scope to be negotiated with the Fringe and Neworld Theatre
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Call for Submissions: 43.1 Hair

Deadline: July 31, 2019

Intimate space. Roots. Growth. Identity. These are all things we think of when we consider hair. How does hair define us and affect the way we navigate the world? Our hair holds history, memory, tangible sacrifice, intangible inheritances, culture, fierceness, boldness, and sometimes even indifference. Editor Chelene Knight and editorial team members Tamara Jong and Mridula Morgan want your best poetry, CNF, fiction, and art.

Underrepresented writers—including but not exclusive to women (cis and trans), trans men, Two Spirit and non-binary writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, and/or disabled—are particularly encouraged to submit.

More information and how to submit

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Reelout Queer Film Festival – Call for Submissions

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Deadline: September 27, 2019

Reelout screens films by/about queer identities and we prioritize films about queer people of: colour, who are differently abled, seniors and films suitable for family viewing. All artists regardless of health, age, sexual orientation, gender, race, ability are welcomed and encouraged to submit their work.Reelout is the 2nd largest video festival of its kind in Ontario and we strive to bring the best thought-provoking and pleasurable queer film and video to our audiences every year. Reelout welcomes submissions. We do not charge submission fees and we pay Canadian artist fees on all Canadian works exhibited.

More information and how to submit

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10 x 5: An Artist Talk featuring Artists with Disabilities

Deadline: August 16

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is seeking BC visual artists that identify as living with a disability, for the possible inclusion in 10 x 5: An Artist Talk featuring Artists with Disabilities, an artist talk featuring 10 artists.

Selected artists will have 5 minutes to give a visual and oral presentation of their work.
Artists will be paid for their participation. It is FREE to apply!

This event will take place on September 28th at CBC Studio 700, as part of BC Culture Days.

More information and how to apply

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Call for Applications – General Manager

Deadline: August 9

Propeller Dance is hiring a General Manager with a focus on marketing/fundraising and digital engagement. This is a 3 day a week renewable contract position.

We are searching for a change-maker to join a small yet resourceful leadership team at Propeller Dance – a barrier-breaking and unique contemporary dance company made up of professional dancers with and without disabilities with a mandate to celebrate diverse expressions in dance and art-making. Are you a passionate professional ready to assist us in moving forward on our powerful path of possibility? The key aspects of this role will include:

  • Building our resource base, through grants and donor development as well as organizational partnerships that will further Propeller’s strategic goals
  • Develop branding, consolidating and enhancing marketing and communications
  • Financial management and budgeting, coordinate Board meetings and the AGM
  • Lead and manage special initiatives and business development as identified in the strategic plan (e.g. digital strategies, website redesign, space planning)
  • Growing our reach through exciting new digital presentation and distribution strategies that will enable Propeller to present its repertoire, and its creation and teaching methodology to a wider audience
  • Advise on, develop, implement and oversee strategic and operational plans to support and develop effective systems for Propeller’s management, operations and program delivery
  • You will work directly with and report to the Artistic & Executive Co-Directors, and be part of a collaborative extended team. We are looking for someone with at least 5 years of relevant experience.

    More information and how to apply

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Inclusion Art Show Registration

Registration Deadline: September 16

posAbilities is proud to present its 15th Annual INCLUSION Art Show & Sale on October 10 from 10:30am-8:30pm at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver). October is Community Inclusion month in BC and we welcome you to join us for BC’s largest disability art show! This year, the show features:

  • 150+ artists with diverse abilities
  • Individual pieces and collections of photography, paintings, illustrations, pottery, glasswork, jewelry, fabric art and more will be exhibited and for sale
  • Live art demonstrations

More information and registration

Set Up: Wednesday, October 9, 11am-4pm
Art Show: Thursday, October 10, 10:30am-8:30pm

All registrations must be typed and emailed to artshow@posabilities.ca
Thumbnail photos of each piece must accompany the registration form.
All artwork submitted must be for sale due to limited space.
We will be charging a 15% commission on all sales.
Unless you are planning to rent a table or lattice, there is a three piece maximum.
If you are submitting more than three pieces, in addition to the commission fees, we also charge a rental fee for tables and lattices.
There is a maximum of two tables per agency and one per independent artist.
There is a maximum of four lattices per agency. Additional lattices may become available on a first come first served basis. Please let us know in your registration email if you are interested.

Unless you are setting up your own art the day before the show, submissions must be dropped off at Heritage Hall on September 16, between 10am-12pm. Please bundle the pieces together and clearly label all submissions. All pieces must be dropped off ready to hang. If they are not, we may not be able to include them in the show. Artists/agencies need to arrange the pick up of any unsold art at close.

Larger agencies representing multiple artists will receive one cheque following the show to cover all of the earnings for the artists they represent. A detailed list of sales per artist will accompany each cheque to ease with dispersal. Since there will be over 150 artists participating, we cannot issue individual cheques.

Please contact us at artshow@posabilities.ca for the following reasons:

  • If you need assistance preparing thumbnail pictures of your art submissions.
  • If you do not want to be a profiled artist.
  • If you do not want your paintings and photographs considered for the posAbilities art card contest.
  • If you do not want a copy of your artist biography to be provided to the seller.
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Granville Island Community Market

Deadline: ongoing

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is seeking local visual artists who identify as living with a disability to share a market booth at the Granville Island Community Market this summer. Every Thursday from June – September 2019, Kickstart will be on Granville Island, doing community outreach, and we’d like to have a different artist share the booth with us each week. It is an unbelievable experience and a free opportunity to get your work in front of the public and the opportunity to sell work. This is also a paid opportunity for Artists.

More information on the Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture website

Applications must include:

  • An artist CV or resume which includes your name, address, phone, email, website.
  • a bio or statement that tells us something about yourself and being an artist.
  • 4 images of your artwork.
  • List of artworks submitted including the title, size, medium, price.

Artists will be notified within 2 weeks for submitting their application.

Submit your application:

Email kickstartdirector@gmail.com – please put “Community Market” in the subject line.

It is FREE* to apply!
* You must be a current Kickstart Member to participate in Kickstart events and opportunities.
* Kickstart takes a 20% commission on the sale of all artwork sold.

Have any questions? Contact us by email at kickstartdirector@gmail.com or by phone at 604-343-9141

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