Calls for Entry & Opportunities

DANCE 

GUELPH DANCE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Guelph Dance welcomes applications from Canadian and international professional dance artists for our 20th Annual Guelph Dance Festival, May 31-June 3, 2018. We annually present companies and choreographers from at least three Canadian provinces/territories and invite international artists who offer something unique to Canadian audiences. For further details, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: September 15, 2017 

GUELPH DANCE: YOUTH MOVES | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Youth Moves is open to all southern Ontario dancers under the age of 19, whose exuberance and enthusiasm is as infectious as it is inspiring, performing works created by professional choreographers. Performances occur on the Sunday of the Festival weekend in the 200-seat Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre. For further details, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: December 01, 2017
LITERARY 

​THE PURITAN | THOMAS MORTON MEMORIAL PRIZE

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions from anywhere in the world each year from April 1st to September 30 through the publication’s online submissions manager. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 30, 2017

​PRISM INTERNATIONAL | THE PACIFIC SPIRIT POETRY PRIZE

PRISM's inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Contest is now open to all writers and includes a one-year subscription to PRISM magazine. Prizes include $1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 15, 2017

CANADA WRITES | 2018 CBC SHORT STORY PRIZE

The 2018 CBC Short Story Prize competition is now open! The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their story published on CBC Books. Four finalists will win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 31, 2017

​CONTEMPORARY VERSE 2 | YOUNG BUCK POETRY PRIZE

CV2 magazine's annual poetry contest is efor writers under the age of 35. The YOUNG BUCK poetry prize is awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication inCV2. Two honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: November 01, 2017

​TETHERED BY LETTERS | FALL 2017 LITERARY CONTESTS

TBL is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. In addition to prizes, winners in each category will be published in the Summer issue of F(r)iction, and discussed in their Untethered Podcast. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: November 01, 2017

MALAHAT REVIEW | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Malahat Review invites entries from Canadian authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a grand prize of $6000 CAD to be divided evenly over three categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: November 01, 2017

PRAIRIE FIRE | 2017 ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST SUBMISSION CALL

Prairie Fire Press is now accepting entries for Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. For details on submissions and requirements, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: November 30, 2017 (postmarked)​

PLENITUDE MAGAZINE | EMERGING WRITER MENTORSHIP AWARD

Plenitude Magazine invites emerging Canadian queer writers to enter the Emerging Writer Mentorship Award. Eligible writers have yet to publish their work in book form. One emerging Canadian LGBTQ writer will be awarded a mentorship is with Michael V. Smith including two rounds of manuscript evaluation of up to three works of non-fiction and two phone or Skype meeting with mentor. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: December 11, 2017

GRITLIT WRITING CONTEST | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers & Writers festival is looking for original, unpublished works of creative nonfiction or memoir for our 2017-2018 Writing Contest. One grand prize winner will receive a cash prize, publication on their website, and an invitation to read at a gritLIT 2018 event. There will also be two honourable mentions will receive. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 10, 2018
MUSIC

BACH ELGAR CHOIR | SCHOLARSHIP CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Bach Elgar Choral Scholarship is intended to support and encourage choral excellence in the emerging generation of choral musicians. The scholarship advances the presence of Bach Elgar in the community, demonstrating BEC’s commitment to fostering the arts in Hamilton. Bach Elgar Choir is to support two $1,000 scholarships per season. For more information, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: September 16, 2017

WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | WNMF COMPOSERS INSTITUTE

The Winnipeg New Music Festival is offering an intense and prestigious experience for six Canadian emerging composers including a world premiere of their orchestral composition performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at WNMF, and an archival audio recording of their premiere. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 01, 2017

HAMILTON ALL STAR JAZZ BAND  |  CONTINUOUS AUDITIONS

The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band is holding auditions for ages 12 to 25; saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, drums, & vocal.  Audition anytime for placement or the waiting list.  Candidates requesting an audition will be considered for the three 20-piece jazz ensembles and for the proposed Master Classes that will take place throughout the year. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • AUDITION DATES:  ONGOING
PUBLIC ART

CITY OF AIRDRIE | NOSE CREEK CANADA 150 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

The City of Airdrie in Alberta is currently seeking a professional public artist to produce a $75,000 work of art that will celebrate and commemorate Canada’s 150 Celebration. The selected artwork will be displayed outdoors in Nose Creek Park, one of our community’s premier outdoor parks and gathering spaces. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 19, 2017

CITY OF MEDICINE HAT | CANALTA CENTRE PUBLIC ART PROJECT RFP

The City of Medicine Hat invites artists to participate in a public art competition. The winning submission(s) will receive a commission of $28,000 (excluding GST) for a pre-existing public art work or related series of works to be situated on the exterior west walkway/patio of the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat, AB. The work must be in mediums suitable for continual exposure in public spaces. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 05, 2017

ALDERVILLE FIRST NATION & CITY OF KINGSTON | CALL TO ARTISTS RFI

The Corporation of the City of Kingston, Cultural Services Department invites expressions of interest from artists or artist teams interested in working with the Alderville First Nation and the City of Kingston to develop an artwork in Lake Ontario Park. The artwork will commemorate the history and ongoing connection of the Mississauga people of Alderville First Nation with the land now known as the City of Kingston. Artists who work in a diverse range of mediums as well as contemporary and customary (traditional) disciplines are welcome to apply. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: November 01, 2017
RESIDENCIES & RETREATS

OPEN STUDIO | VISTING ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Open Studio’s Visiting Artist Residency program provides professional artists with the opportunity to realize a creative project in print media using methods that range from traditional to experimental approaches, regardless of the artists’ familiarity with or experience in print media. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 15, 2017

​BANFF CURATORIAL INSTITUTE | CALL FOR CURATOR IN RESIDENCE

This six-month residency will provide time, space, and access to resources for mid-career curators to develop an exhibition or project, conduct research, while engaging with artists-in-residence and programs in Visual + Digital Arts. This residency is suited to curators focused on the development of a substantial project resulting in an external public exhibition or curatorial event. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE:  September 27, 2017

SPARK BOX STUDIO | EMERGING ARTIST RESIDENCY AWARD 2017

Spark Box Studio is offering FREE RESIDENCIES to six emerging artists (from anywhere in Canada). This one-week residency is at our studio and residency in Prince Edward County. The selected applicants will be given a semi-private studio space, access to the Spark Box Studio equipment and resources, living accommodations, as well as a one-hour consultation with owner Chrissy Poitras regarding their specific arts business questions. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 01, 2017.

HAMILTON ARTISTS INC. COTTON FACTORY RESIDENCY PROGRAM | CALLS FOR APPLICANTS

This residency program provides a valuable opportunity for artists from a wide range of disciplines and career levels to build their practice and engage with a thriving hub of artistic activity.  The residency is self directed, but the successful applicant will be expected to use the space a minimum of 2-3 days a week and perform an artist talk or workshop in conjunction with a culminating open studio – open to the public. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 10, 2017
THEATRE

​39TH ANNUAL RHUBARB FESTIVAL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

This year, Rhubarb seeks to grow our reputation for being the space in Toronto to incubate and explore the cutting edge of ideas in performance. Selected projects will be featured during the festival and will receive technical, production, promotional, and artistic support. In addition to an honorarium, festival artists also receive an unlimited artist pass, allowing them to see work for free by local, national and international artists in our program. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 15, 2017

​rEVOLVER THEATRW FESTIVAL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Upintheair Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2018 rEvolver Festival. rEvolver will be presented in and around the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) May 23 – June 3, 2018. We invite submissions from artistically and culturally diverse companies and artists from across Canada. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 29, 2017

STAGES THEATRE FESTIVAL | CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Stages is a 2 week festival of theatre, presenting shows at different stages of development, on different stages in Halifax, by artists at different stages of their careers, through a variety of productions, workshops, and play-readings. The Festival nurtures new work through a series of workshops and events designed to inspire, guide and support the writer. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 01, 2017

PAPRIKA FESTIVAL | CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Paprika Festival is seeking young artists. The Festival is oriented for a core age group of 15-21 years for all programs. They provide year-round theatre training and mentorship. Paprika Festival is free for all participants and the programs begin in November 2017. The festival will take place in the Aki Studio Theatre (Daniels Spectrum) in Regent Park. For further details, follow the LINK.

DEADLINE: October 03, 2017

​CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY | PLAY COMPETITION

The play must be based on the life of legendary actor James Dean. Winner will receive a $250 cash prize plus shared compensation of production proceeds. For futher information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 08, 2018
VISUAL ARTS 

THE ROBERT MCLAUGHLIN GALLERY | CALL TO PHOTOGRAPHERS

Now in its 8th year, RMG Exposed is a night of art, auction, entertainment, and spectacle in support of free public programming and arts education throughout Durham Region.
Each year we put a call out to photographers for donated works that will help to raise funding for free public arts programming for kids, families, and communities that might face obstacles when accessing art. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 11, 2017

GALLERY HPL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Hamilton Public Library invites Hamilton and area artists to submit samples of their work for consideration. We exhibit two-dimensional works including paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints and photographs. Selected artists exhibit at Gallery4 and Gallery4 Annex at Central Library, Gallery Turner Park at the Turner Park Branch and Gallery Stoney Creek at the Stoney Creek Branch.  Artists at all stages of their career will be considered. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 10, 2017

COLLECTIVE ARTS | SERIES 9 CALL FOR ART

Collective Arts was founded on the principle of creating respected craft beer and supporting artists. We invite emerging musicians, bands, visual artists, filmmakers, photographers and graphic designers to showcase their art on our limited-edition beer labels. We encourage artists to submit work that has been already produced as we respect the time and effort it takes to create work. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 30, 2017

ICE BREAKERS 2018 | CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Ice Breakers is now embarking on its second year of producing and exhibiting temporary public art works along Queens Quay within Toronto, Canada's Waterfront for winter 2018. This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for Ice Breakers' temporary artwork installations. For Ice Breakers' second year the theme is "Constellation". For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 13, 2017

CITY OF LETHBRIDGE | CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The City of Lethbridge is inviting artists to participate in two three-stage public art calls. Selected artist(s) will receive a commission to design, fabricate and install significant public art works for a new civic leisure centre in Lethbridge, Alberta (population 97,000). For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 15, 2017

CITY OF AIRDRIE | PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY

The City of Airdrie (located 10 min North of Calgary, Alberta) is currently seeking a professional public artist to produce a $75,000 work of art that will celebrate and commemorate Canada’s 150 Celebration. The selected artwork will be displayed outdoors in Nose Creek Park, one of our community’s premier outdoor parks and gathering spaces. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 19, 2017

GALLERY HPL | CALL FOR ENTRY

Hamilton Public Library invites Hamilton area artists to submit samples of their work for consideration. They exhibit two-dimensional works including paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints and photographs. Selected artists exhibit at Gallery 4 and Gallery 4 Annex at Central Library, Gallery Turner Park at the Turner Park Branch and Gallery Stoney Creek at the Stoney Creek Branch.  Artists at all stages of their career will be considered. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 30, 2017

​OUTDOOR PAINTING FESTIVAL | CALLS FOR ENTRY

This juried event will be held in conjunction with Canada Culture Days on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct 1st. Grab your paints and head out to Cavan, ON for the second annual Outdoor Painting Festival. Participants can enroll to compete in a timed painting competition or submit works painted on location at the end of the festivial. For further details, follow the LINK 

  • DEADLINE: September 29, 30 & October 1st 

BLACKHOUSE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Blachhouse is pleased to announce their open call submissions for their 2018 solo show. Canadian artists, aged 18 and older, are eligible to enter the 3rd Annual Peer Reviewed Solo Show at Blackhouse (Jan 01-Dec 31, 2018). All forms of media are eligible. Only original work not shown previously in the Niagara Region will be accepted. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 30, 2018

GROW OP 2018 | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Grow Op at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, is an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life.The Gladstone invites a diversity of proposals from collaborative teams, collectives and individuals that engage with landscape, species and habitat through installation, sculpture, performance, digital media and more to create a provocative experiential exhibition. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 30, 2017

TORONTO DESIGN OFFSITE FESTIVAL | EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 15-21, 2018. Join the Festival to become a part of an exciting network of creative people, exhibitions, events, and a captive audience of designers and design-lovers. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE:  October 02, 2017

FIGUREWORKS 2017 | 2017 CALL FOR ARTISTS

Figureworks.org is a not-for-profit organization promoting art of the human form. Figureworks.org is calling artists in all media to participate in its eight annual juried award show from Nov - Dec 2017 in Ottawa. The show is open to all artists working in all mediums who wish to submit works that represent the human form or parts thereof. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 8, 2017

SCARBOROUGH ARTS' ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

For its 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition and BIG ART BOOK, Scarborough Arts invites visual and literary artists across Canada to submit work that emphasizes the radical, the unique, and the innovative; and that demonstrate out-of-the-box creative thinking. This year, the program invites you to explore and celebrate the practices that makes you as an individual or as an artist, and your artwork, different! For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 10, 2017

ROBERT MCLAUGHLIN GALLERY | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS GALLERY A / ART LAB

Emerging artists, curators, community activators, and groups are encouraged to submit to Gallery A and Art Lab. These spaces within The Robert McLaughlin Gallery are dedicated to providing professional development opportunities and supporting community activation. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: October 15, 2017

PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF CANADA | 2017 CANADIAN PORTRAIT COMPETITION

This will be the 12th Competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of Canada. It is open to all Canadian visual artists and those interested in the art of portrait in Canada. As the only professional on-line Competition in Fine Art Portraiture in Canada, this will be a unique opportunity to encourage public recognition on the specialty subject of the Portrait in Contemporary Canadian art. For further details, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: November 01, 2017

CENTRE[3] | EMERGING ARTIST RESIDENCY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Continuing their efforts to promote and support art-making practices, Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts is proud to offer its Emerging Artist Residency Program. The program will begin in Dec. 2017 and will conclude in Feb. 2018. The artists will be showcased in the main exhibition space at Centre[3], from Feb. 23 to Apr. 7, 2018. Artists must have completed, or are enrolled in, postsecondary education and be in the early stages of their career with less then 5 years of exhibition history. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: November 15, 2017
VOLUNTEERS

ART SPIN HAMILTON | CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
 
Art Spin Hamilton is an interactive bike and art tour that focuses on alternative ways of experiencing art by placing it in unexpected venues throughout the city. The event is a fun, group oriented adventure open to all levels of cyclists and ages! They are looking for volunteers to join their team for the first spin in Hamilton on Friday, July 07, 2017! For further details, email contact@artspinhamilton.ca.  

  • DEADLINE: ONGOING