Call for Applications for the 2021 CBC/QWF Digital Writer-in-Residence

The deadline for applications is December 22, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. 

CBC Montreal and the Quebec Writers' Federation are now taking submissions for the 2021 Digital Writers-in-Residence program.

This opportunity is open to all residents of Quebec. We are looking for a broad range of perspectives from new, up-and-coming voices so we will be selecting three writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

If you have a unique point of view and a fresh way of presenting it, we invite you to apply. You do not have to be a published writer.

How to apply
To apply, writers should attach a 600 word non-fiction personal essay (in English) based on the theme of “light and dark.” Essays must be previously unpublished.

The theme can be broadly interpreted. Submissions should be lively and should explore the theme in new, unexpected ways. For example, writers could touch on any of the following areas:

  • Natural change seasons
  • Environment
  • Physical forces
  • Human Interest
  • Personal struggle
  • Metaphorical meaning

The deadline for submissions is December 22, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. 

The three winners will be announced in January 2021. 

Essays will appear on in early 2021.

Three winners will receive:

  • Dedicated time with a CBC editor to fine-tune their story for publication on
  • $250 as a contributor when their story is published (early 2021).
  • Annual membership to QWF or equivalent toward QWF workshop.

Established writers: We welcome your pitches for point-of-view essays at all times. Please email for details.

Now in its sixth year, the CBC/QWF writer-in-residence program is an opportunity to give up-and-coming writers a voice on our website and increase their profile in the community. Past winners include Monique Polak, Sarah Lolley, Joshua LevyEmira Tufo, and K.B Thors.

Quebec Writers' Federation