Andrea Lea Walker

Pitches are due March 11, 2020.

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 $500 annual prize was established to assist writers and artists who are addressing health issues through a feminist lens, and grants payment for a feature article, photo essay, or graphic narrative to be published in the July issue of Briarpatch Magazine.

We are especially interested in queries that address how public health care and policy impact the well-being of trans and cis women, nonbinary people, and Two-Spirited people. A strong pitch 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 women's end-of-life care, nonbinary people transitioning outside of the medical establishment, 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.

To apply for the grant, please send a pitch to pitch AT with the subject line “Andrea Walker Memorial Fund” before March 11, 2020. 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 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.