The Emerging Writers Reading Series is a monthly reading series that takes place on the second Monday of the month from September to June.  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 Deepa Rajagopalan and Anna Lee-Popham.

Our events were entirely held online for the last season, with great success. We expect to go back to the Glad Day Bookshop in Downtown Toronto sometime in the new season, subject to public health and safety guidelines.

EW Call for Submissions 2021-2022

We are currently accepting submissions from readers.
Deadline: Aug 7th, 2021


Submission Guidelines

We accept prose, poetry, playwriting, and spoken word submissions. 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.

We book shows months in advance and are currently booking for the 2021-2022 season. If there is a particular month you are away, indicate this in your cover letter.

We will contact potential readers between September and December.


Eligibility

All writers residing in Canada who have not yet published a major book (novel, poetry collection, short story collection, non-fiction book).

EW does not have the budget to pay for travel expenses, but writers from other parts of Canada that are visiting Toronto are still encouraged to submit. Writers who have read at EW in the past should not resubmit. This allows EW to avoid booking repeat readers, keeping their shows full of fresh, emerging voices.

EW is dedicated to amplifying the voices of underrepresented writers who continue to experience systemic barriers in their writing careers. Black, Indigenous and Racialized writers, 2SLQBTQ+ writers, and writers living with disabilities are encouraged to submit.

 
Payment

Each reader will be paid an honorarium, an amount to be determined closer to the 2021-2022 season.


About

The Emerging Writers Reading Series is dedicated to the professionally serious writer who has yet to publish a book. 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 Anna Lee-Popham and Deepa Rajagopalan takes place on the second Monday of the month. Our event was entirely online for the last season, but we will potentially return to the Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto at some point during the new season. www.ewreading.com

Emerging Writers Reading Series