Guest Editorship for Underrepresented Writers

carte blanche Winter Issue

Scroll down to see the participants in the 2020 carte blanche Guest Editorship Program.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the inaugural 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 editorship goes 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 receive a modest honorarium and a free one-year membership in QWF.

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


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

2020 Program – Poetry

2020 carte blanche Guest Editor: Carolin Huang

Carolin Huang is a writer, archivist, and academic living in Montreal. In 2019, she participated in the Banff Centre Emerging Writers Intensive and the Jack Kerouac Summer Writing Program. Carolin will be working with Marcela Huerta.

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.