Guest Editorship for Underrepresented Writers

carte blanche Winter 2021 Issue

The call for applications for the 2021 carte blanche Guest Editorship Program is now closed, and the successful candidate will be announced in early 2021.

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

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the 2021 Guest Editorship for the Winter Issue of 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.

The 2021 editorship will go to a Quebec-based writer who shows promise and has demonstrated an interest in creative nonfiction 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 Jenny Ferguson, the non-fiction editor of carte blanche, and will help curate the non-fiction section of the Winter 2021 issue of the journal. They will receive a modest honorarium and a free one-year membership in QWF.

The guest editor is selected by the non-fiction editor and the editor in chief of carte blanche.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must live in Quebec and be Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour.
  • Applicants should have already demonstrated an interest in creative nonfiction 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.


  • Call for applications: October 2020
  • Deadline for applications: November 19, 2020
  • Notification of results: December 2020
  • Mentorship period: December to February/March (upon publication of Winter Issue of carte blanche)

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