Guest Editorship for Underrepresented Writers

Call for Applications: Guest Editorship (Poetry) carte blanche

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the call for applications for a guest editor for the Winter 2020 issue of QWF’s online literary journal, carte blanche. This opportunity is a component 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.

The editorship will go to a Quebec-based writer who shows promise and has demonstrated an interest in contemporary poetry and in the editing of a literary journal, but who has not yet had an opportunity to work as an editor. The successful candidate will be mentored by Marcela Huerta, the poetry editor of carte blanche, and will help to curate the poetry section of the Winter 2020 issue of the journal. They will receive a modest honorarium and a free one-year membership in QWF.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must live in Quebec and be Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour.
  • Applicants should have already demonstrated an interest in poetry, creative writing, and editing.
  • There is no age or publication requirement.
  • Writers who have already worked as an editor for a professional magazine or a literary journal are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Prepare the following documents:

  • a cover letter describing your background with poetry, why you are interested in literary editing, and how the mentorship would make a difference in your writing life (maximum one page);
  • a short biographical statement about your background and experience, including a confirmation that you are aware of the eligibility criteria for the program and that you are eligible (maximum 200 words);
  • a sample of your poetry: (a maximum of three poems);
  • Remember to provide your full name and a way to contact you.

Email the documents to or send them to the QWF office.

Editing Mentorship

Quebec Writers’ Federation

1200 Atwater Ave., Suite 3

Westmount, QC H3Z 1X4

The guest editor will be selected by the editor in chief and poetry editor of carte blanche.


  • Deadline for applications: November 14, 2019
  • Notification of results: Early December, 2019
  • Mentorship period: December 2019 – February/March 2020, upon publication of Winter 2020 (37) Issue of carte blanche

Poetry editor of carte blanche: Marcela Huerta

Marcela Huerta is the author of Tropico, a collection of poetry from Metatron Press. Her work has been featured in Leste, Bad Nudes, spy kids magazine, CV2, and Lemon Hound.
During her time as an Assistant Editor at Drawn & Quarterly, she worked on the award-winning graphic novels Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, Rolling Blackouts, Uncomfortably Happily, and others. In 2018 she performed at the Festival Internacional de Poesía Rosario and was chosen to attend the Pink Door Writers Retreat. She is the daughter of refugees from the 1973 Chilean coup, and her writing centers a second generation Latinx experience.