Ends on October 13, 2016$ 13.00
$ 13.00

CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence Program

Call for Applications for the 2017 CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence

The selected writer will be responsible for producing a series of
5 nonfiction blog posts of 400 to 600 words each on Montreal-related themes to be developed with CBC staff and delivered on deadline every 3 to 4 weeks. They will be published on the CBC Montreal website. The writer will also make guest appearances on both CBC Radio and CBC Television.

The CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence will receive $1,500.

Who should apply

This residency is open to any QWF member living in the Greater Montreal Area.

CBC and QWF encourage writers to reapply if they weren’t selected last year. Many applicants were in the running, but there was only one position available. You never know: a tweak to your application, a new idea for a blog subject, or a different juror may make the difference!

For an idea of the kinds of stories the CBC is looking for, you can view the blogs written by the 2015 Writer in Residence, Monique Polak, by starting starting at the CBC website. Then see the “Related Stories” section on the left side of that page.


Deadline for Applications:  October 13, 2016
Interviews:  November 1 to November 15, 2016
Official announcement:  November 22 at the 2016 QWF Awards Gala
Writing residency:  January to April, 2017

How to apply

Emerging and established writers living in the Greater Montreal Area are invited to apply. You must be a QWF member and be in the Montreal most of the time during the interview period and the residency period, and be available to appear at the QWF Gala on the evening of November 22. You do not have to have published a book.

Prepare the document described below in advance, and be prepared to make a PayPal payment or have your credit card handy when you log on. There is a $13 USD non-refundable submission fee.*

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Your application must include the following components combined into a single WORD document:

  • a one-page cover letter summarizing your writing interests, relevant experience, and the strengths you would bring to the Writer-in-Residency position.
  • 3 writing samples, at least one of which is nonfiction (maximum ten pages total)
  • 3 proposed topics for the CBC Montreal blog, focusing on the broad theme of “My Montreal.”
  • your detailed writing c.v.

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 13, 2016.

* Our online submissions software is US-based. We have lowered the submission fee this year by $2 USD to take the exchange rate into account.