The Emerging Writers Reading Series is a monthly reading series that takes place in Downtown Toronto on the second Monday of the month at Glad Day Bookshop. EW is dedicated to professionally serious writers still establishing themselves. Our readers have gone on to win awards, place their work, publish books, and gain further recognition as the up-and-coming writers of Canada. The EW Reading Series is organized by writers Marcia Walker and Mahak Jain.

Call for Emerging Indigenous Writers

We invite writers who self-identify as Indigenous, including status, non-status, Métis, and Inuit writers, to apply to read at our March 2019 event, taking place on March 11, 2019. We welcome submissions from LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit people and emerging writers of all ages. 

Guidelines 

We accept creative projects around language: prose, poetry, playwriting, spoken word, and anything else you think fits that description. 

Submit 3-5 poems OR 1 piece of prose/playwriting/ (max 5 pages). Excerpts OK. 

Submissions need not be exactly what you’d like to read but should be in a similar vein. 

Video/audio reading samples can be submitted for spoken word submissions.

Application deadline: January 15, 2019

Curation

We are excited to welcome writer Alicia Elliott as guest curator and guest host for this feature event. All selected writers will be notified by mid-February of the results.

Eligibility

Emerging Indigenous writers residing in Canada who have not published more than one book. You do not need to have published in order to be considered and no previous experience is required.

Writers must make their own arrangements to travel to Downtown Toronto to participate in the reading as EW does not have a budget to pay for travel expenses. 

Payment

Each reader will be paid $100 for their contribution. We are grateful to support from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council for making this possible. 

About

The Emerging Writers Reading Series is dedicated to professionally serious writers still establishing themselves. Our readers have gone on to win awards, place their work, publish books, and gain further recognition as the up-and-coming writers of Canada. The EW Reading Series is organized by writers Marcia Walker and Mahak Jain and takes place on the second Monday of the month at Glad Day Bookshop. 

Emerging Writers Reading Series