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Friday, January 27, 2006

Whom to Pitch?

Just half a year ago, Chatelaine, the Rogers Media title and legendary Canadian women's magazine, experienced a bit of a shake-up when editor Kim Pittaway left her job, citing editorial interference from higher up. More shake-ups this week as the magazine has lost Pittaway's interim replacement at executive editor, Beth Hitchcock and designer Kim Zagar. The magazine has also recently lost art director Caren Watkins.

No word yet on whom to address your pitches to, though, according to the story in Masthead online (subscription required), Beth Hitchcock will be staying on until February 3. After that, your best bet seems to be "To whom it may concern." Or perhaps "Dear Ted Rogers."

Seriously though, here's the latest version of the Chatelaine masthead, as listed on their website.

Friday, January 20, 2006

new market info

A great spot to check for new Canadian magazine markets is D.B. Scott's blog, Canadian Magazines.

Scott reported yesterday on St. Joseph's Media's relaunch of Canadian Family magazine (and website) positioned to compete with Today's Parent (the highly successful Rogers Media title). I've put a call into Lisa Murphy, editor in chief at the new Canadian Family to check on their freelancer policy, but assuming they will be accepting freelance work and pitches, here are the contact details from the Canadian Family website:

Lisa Murphy, Editor in Chief
111 Queen Street East
Toronto ON M5C 1S2

I'll update you all here when I hear back from the magazine.

UPDATE: Lisa Murphy has called back to say Canadian Family will definitely be accepting freelance pitches. She added that CF is still in frantic relaunch mode, and writers should perhaps wait 2 to 4 weeks to make initial contact. By that time, the magazine will be fully launched and ready to look at new writers.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

residencies for writers

Here's some interesting info for professional writers in Canada. Vancouver is looking for a Writer in Residence, while Toronto is offering a beautiful place to stay for a month to writers.

Gibraltar Point International Artist Residency Program

Submissions for the Spring 2006 term of the residency (on beautiful Toronto Island) are now being accepted by Toronto Artscape. This one month residency is open to artists of all kinds, and regularly accepts professional writers, providing office space, lodging, food and social activities (optional) for a one month residency period.

For full details and an appication form, please visit the Gibraltar Point website.

Vancouver Public Library
Call for expressions of interest: Writer In Residence Program
AUGUST 14 - DECEMBER 14, 2006

Looking for a setting to inspire? Spend four months writing in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia - home to a remarkable natural environment and a lively cultural community.

From August 14 to December 14, 2006, the Vancouver Public Library will be hosting a resident author. The aims of the residency are to foster greater appreciation for Canadian writing within the community, offer members of the community an opportunity to interact with the resident author, and to provide the space, time and resources for a Canadian author to write.
The Writer-in-Residence will provide advice to emerging writers through one-to-one consultations, seminars and school visits. This full time position (35 hours/week) requires 25% of the author's time be spent on library programs or projects, leaving 75% of the work week available for creative writing.

Applicants are encouraged to identify innovative ways their residency would foster an appreciation for Canadian writing and involve communities not typically exposed to Canadian literature.

- Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Minimum of one critically well-received title published professionally,
including a complete work of fiction, short stories, poetry, drama or
literary non-fiction that lends itself to public reading
- Professional teaching or public speaking experience
- Comfortable and willing to engage with the public one-on-one and in group
- Active participant in the writing community
- In the early working stage of a new writing project intended for
book-length publication

Remuneration: $4000/month (contract position)

Assistance available for travel expenses

*Note: Responsible for finding own accommodation in the Greater Vancouver

Expressions of interest must include a cover letter and resume with a
history of literary publications, and three letters of reference that
speak to previous experiences teaching, conducting library programs,
facilitating workshops or other forms of public presentation. Applicants
are also asked to submit a 20-30 page sample of recent writing along with
reviews of earlier works.

Application Deadline
Completed applications must be received by 5 PM (PST) on January 20, 2006
Applications can be faxed to 604-331-4080, Attention:
Author Residency Selection Committee, c/o Barbara Edwards or mailed to:

Author Residency Selection Committee
c/o Barbara Edwards
Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia St., Level 7
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Write perspective

While the concerns of cultural workers, like freelance writers, may not be hitting the headlines during this election season, there are still ways for you to keep on top of your issues, and ways to make your views heard. Here's a couple of great resources:

The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) has a special page on their website dedicated to the election. The page, available here, lists the CCA's five key priority items for cultural workers. Item Two, Equitable Treatment for Canadian Artists and Creators, might be of particular interest to PWACers.

As well, the Canadian Arts Coalition has produced a brilliant website outlining artists' concerns for the election. See it here.

Prime yourself on the issues, get out to an all-candidates meeting, and make some noise.