Ends on October 15, 2018

CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence Program

Call for Applications for the 2019 CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence

So you think you can blog? CBC Montreal and QWF are looking for this year’s fresh new voice to produce a series of 5 nonfiction blog posts of 400 to 600 words each on Montreal-related themes developed with CBC. 

The five posts will be delivered on deadline every 3 to 4 weeks between January and April and published on the CBC Montreal website. Throughout the year, the writer may 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. A history of publication is not required.

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 2018 Writer-in-Residence Joshua Levy on the CBC website.


Deadline for Applications: Monday, October 15 (midnight)

Interviews: November 6 to November 15

Official announcement: November 21 at the 2017 QWF Awards Gala

Writing residency: January to April, 2018  

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 21.

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.

Sign in to your Submittable account or click on the link below to set up a Submittable account if you don’t already have one.

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.

Fill out the form below in order to complete your application. 

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2017.