The Northern Writing Prize was established in 2018, to assist writers, photographers, and artists in telling stories about the North. It was made possible by a donation from a friend of Briarpatch.
The winner will receive $600 for a feature article, photo essay, or graphic narrative that examines the politics, culture, environmental issues, and/or activism present in Canada’s North. The most promising pitch will be selected by Briarpatch’s staff, and developed into a feature that will be published in the January 2020 issue of Briarpatch Magazine. Briarpatch seeks to publish writing on social and environmental justice – we’re interested in decolonization, effects of extractive industries, poverty, and workers’ rights, among other topics. Last year, for example, the winning pitch was developed into a feature about food, family, and finding queerness in Inuit Nunangat.
We recognize that the North is defined culturally, rather than by strict geographic lines, and we’re looking for writers who have a strong connection to the land, culture, and communities of the North. The North roughly encompasses what is known as the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, and northern parts of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador. We are especially seeking pitches from Indigenous people and people living in rural areas, and are especially interested in investigative journalism.
The deadline for pitches is September 1, 2019.
To submit to the prize, please send a pitch to email@example.com with the subject line “Northern Writing Prize.” But first, please read our submissions guidelines and a guide to pitching Briarpatch. Your pitch should outline what ground your contribution will cover and how you are connected to the topic. Please include a brief bio, and a short writing sample.
Those who want 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. This will help us sustain the prize and pay for deep-dive stories on Canada’s North for many years to come!