Call for Applications: 2022 CBC/QWF Featured Columnists

Posted on: 1 November, 2021

Category: Calls for Submissions, CBC/QWF Writer-In-Residence, QWF News

Deadline: December 22, 2021

CBC Montreal and the Quebec Writers’ Federation are now taking submissions for the opportunity to be a featured columnist for CBC. 

We are looking for a broad range of perspectives from new, up-and-coming voices so will be selecting five writers. This opportunity is open to all residents of Quebec. Applicants do not have to be published writers.

To apply, writers should submit a 600-word nonfiction personal essay (in English) based on the theme of “Awakening.” Essays must be previously unpublished.

The theme can be broadly interpreted. Submissions should be lively and should explore the theme in unexpected ways. For example, writers could touch on any of the following areas:

  • Natural change in seasons
  • Physical forces
  • Human interest
  • Personal journey
  • Metaphorical meaning  

The deadline for submissions is midnight on December 22, 2021.

Three winners will be announced in January 2022. Essays will appear on in 2022.

Those selected will receive:

  • Dedicated time with a CBC editor to fine-tune their story for publication on 
  • $250 as a contributor payment when their story is published (early 2022).
  • Annual membership to QWF or equivalent value ($40) toward a QWF workshop.

Now in its seventh year, Indelible Ink (formerly known as the QWF/CBC Writer in Residence program)  is an opportunity to give up-and-coming writers a voice on the website and increase their profile in the community. Past winners include Kasia van Schaik, Caroline Vu, Caitlin Stall-Paquet, Isobel Cunningham and Bronwyn Averett.

QWF actively seeks to maximize diversity in its staff, part-time employees, membership, and board of directors. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, and encourage Indigenous persons, persons of colour, LGBTQ+ QWF actively seeks to maximize diversity in its staff, part-time employees, membership, and board of directors. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage Indigenous persons, persons of colour, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming persons, persons with disabilities, women, and members of any other marginalized group to self‐identify if they are comfortable doing so.