Call for Applications: The 2021 CBC/QWF Digital Writer-in-Residence

Posted on: 29 October, 2020

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

CBC Montreal and the Quebec Writers’ Federation are now taking submissions for the 2021 Digital Writers-in-Residence program. 

This opportunity is open to all residents of Quebec.

We are looking for a broad range of perspectives, including those from new voices. We will be selecting three writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.   

If you have a unique point of view and a fresh way of presenting it, we invite you to apply. You do not have to be a published writer.

Using the “Apply via Submittable” button below, writers should submit a 600 word non-fiction personal essay (in English) based on the theme of “light and dark.” Essays must be previously unpublished.

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

  • Natural change of the seasons
  • Environment
  • Physical forces
  • Human Interest
  • Personal struggle
  • Metaphorical meaning

The three winners will be announced in January 2021.
Essays will appear on in early 2021.

Three winners will receive:

  • Dedicated time with a CBC editor to fine-tune their story for publication on
  • $250 as a contributor when their story is published (early 2021).
  • Annual membership to QWF or equivalent toward QWF workshop.

CBC Quebec welcomes your pitches for point-of-view essays at all times. Please email for details.

Now in its sixth year, the residency is an opportunity to give up-and-coming writers a voice on the website and increase their profile in the community. Past winners include Monique Polak, Sarah Lolley, Joshua Levy, Emira Tufo, and K.B Thors.

Deadline to apply:
December 22, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. EST

The 2020 CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence K.B. Thors

View the blogs written by the 2020 Writer in Residence, K.B. Thors.