Emerging Writers Reading Series

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

We are currently accepting submissions from readers. 

Deadline: July 15, 2017 

The Emerging Writers Reading Series is returning with new hosts and a new location in fall 2017! If you want to be a part of the relaunch of the EW Reading Series, we’d love to hear from you.

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 2017-2018 season. If there is a particular month you are away, indicate this in your cover letter

We will contact potential readers by the end of August.


All writers residing in Canada that 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 welcomes writers of all genders, ages, orientations, races, and abilities. 


The Emerging Writers Reading Series was founded by Jess Taylor in January 2012 and ran monthly from March 2012 to June 2016. 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 currently organized by writers Marcia Walker and Mahak Jain. 


Emerging Writers Reading Series