Editorial Mentorship in Creative Non-fiction at carte blanche

This program is open to you if you are Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.

The application period for the 2021 Editorial Mentorship with carte blanche is now closed, and the selected participant will be announced on this page in the coming weeks.

Scroll down to see the participants from the inaugural 2020 program.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the 2021 Editorial Mentorship in Creative Non-fiction at carte blanche, QWF’s online literary journal. This opportunity is a component of QWF’s new Fresh Pages initiative, and is designed to help an aspiring literary artist who is Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour develop skills in selecting and editing work for a literary journal.

Learn all about editing literary magazines and what it means to be an editor who works with writers to bring their best narrative to readers.

The creative non-fiction editor of the carte blanche literary journal, Jenny Ferguson, will share what she knows about the writing and editing life and her best practices, as well as supporting you to develop your skills. Jen wants you to grow and will work to make the mentorship uniquely suited to your needs. You will talk together about your goals and how this experience can help you reach them.

About this Mentorship

  • You will receive:
    • approximately 15 hours of mentorship between March 1 and May 30, 2021;
    • a $300 honorarium;
    • and a free one-year membership in the Quebec Writers’ Federation.
  • Your mentor will be Jenny Ferguson (see below for Jenny’s bio)
  • You will be taught to read submissions, decide what to publish in the next few issues, and work with writers on editing selections. You will also have the chance to solicit work from a writer you admire.
  • You will be invited to apply for a permanent editor position after the mentorship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must live in Quebec and be Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.
  • There is no age or publication requirement. We invite students and seniors to apply.
  • Writers who are currently working as an editor for a professional magazine or literary journal are not eligible to apply.


  • Call for applications: February 2021
  • Deadline for applications: February 17, 2021
  • Notification of results: Late-February 2021
  • Mentorship period: March 1 – May 30, 2021.

carte blanche Non-fiction Editor

Jenny Ferguson (she/her/hers or they/them) is Métis (on her father’s side) and Canadian settler (on her mother’s side), an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing, teaching and beading are political acts. Border Markers, her collection of linked flash fiction narratives, is available from NeWest Press. She teaches at Loyola Marymount University and in the Opt-Res MFA Program at the University of British Columbia.

2020 Program – Poetry

Read: A note from the carte blanche Winter 2020: Invisible/Visible (Issue 38) poetry editors