2018 Andrea Walker Memorial Fund for Women’s Health Journalism

Andrea Lea Walker


The Andrea Walker Memorial Fund was established in 1986 to commemorate the life of Andrea Lea Walker, a former Briarpatch staff person and a well-known, much-loved, and widely respected member of the progressive movement in Saskatchewan. She died at the age of 33 following a long battle with cancer.

The $400 fund was established to assist writers and artists who are working in the field of women’s and nonbinary people’s health and grants payment for a feature article, photo essay, or graphic narrative to be published in the September issue of Briarpatch Magazine.

We are especially interested in queries that address how public health care and policy impact the well-being of women (including and especially trans women), nonbinary, and two-spirited people. A strong query will commit to a blend of critical analysis and on-the-ground reporting and investigation, and account for the intersections of race, class, disability, and/or sexuality with gender. Past winners have included features on the unique dangers facing women drug users, the struggle for access to abortion in Canada’s rural communities, decolonizing women’s emergency shelters in Alberta, and confronting the erasure of Indigenous women and two-spirited people in HIV movements.

The deadline for this year’s applications is April 20, 2018.

To apply for the grant, please send a query to pitch AT briarpatchmagazine.com with the subject line “Andrea Walker Memorial Fund.” Please read our submissions guidelines and a guide to pitching Briarpatch. Your query should outline what ground your contribution will cover and how you are connected to the topic. Please include your contact information, a brief bio, and a short writing sample.

Those wishing to make a financial contribution to the fund may make donations payable to Briarpatch Magazine at 2138 McIntyre St, Regina, SK, S4P 2R7, or by calling 1-866-431-5777.