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November 21, 2021

Indigenous Art Writing Award

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

We’re thrilled to launch the inaugural 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 in the first decade of their career are invited to submit a single text up to 2,000 words in length about an artist, project, exhibition, performance, event, initiative, theme, and/or phenomenon therein.

The winner will receive $1500 CAD, and each of 2 runners-up will receive $1000 CAD; all three will be given editorial support to publish their work in C Magazine, and a 2-year subscription. All participants will have the option to request feedback on their submitted work, and 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 ICCA staff, C Magazine editors, and an external writer and/or editor to be announced. 

Deadline: November 21, 2021 Announcement of winner and 2 runners-up: January 17, 2022 Publication of winner and 2 runners-up: April 2022, August 2022, December 2022


Please let us (editor@cmagazine.com) know 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.