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Calgary Chinatown Publication

The application deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Deadline: July 31, 2019, 11:59pm MST

A translated version of this call can be found at

The New Gallery (TNG) is an artist-run centre located in Calgary Chinatown on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. Mohkínstsis/Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

This fall, I <3 YYC Chinatown and TNG will collaboratively undertake a new publication project, Experiencing Calgary Chinatown through the Arts. This project aims to engage Calgarians through the creative medium of writing to foster a sense of pride, greater understanding, and involvement in the community of Calgary Chinatown.

This project will present an opportunity for six Calgary-based writers from across different generations to build a community of practice while developing one new work in response to experiencing various aspects of Calgary Chinatown, and some of the culture and community that the neighbourhood has to offer.

This series of experiences will include everything from mah jong lessons, shared meals, martial arts demonstrations, opera, neighbourhood tours, and more. The six selected multigenerational writers will work together as peer mentors, supporting each other in developing their own new work that reflects their experience in Calgary Chinatown.

This work will result in a publication that features each contributors’ text and will be freely distributed in Calgary through a small print run, and beyond through our digital platforms.

This project was made possible through the generous support of the Calgary Foundation’s Neighbour Grants.

Submission Criteria

Writers must be local to Calgary or the surrounding region, 18+ years of age, and be able to participate in two full days of community programming in Calgary Chinatown. The programming will take place on two separate weekends in mid-September and mid-October.

The selected participants will receive an artist fee of $500 for their contribution to the publication.

Submission Procedure

The following materials must be included in your application:

  • Letter of Interest: Briefly describe why you’re interested in participating in this project. Provide any details that would make you a good fit for this unique opportunity. (300 words max)
  • Writing Samples: Provide examples of previously written work(s) to demonstrate your abilities and interests as a writer. There is no limit to the number of pieces that can be submitted, only to the overall word count. Sample formats include but are not limited to: poetry, essays, works of fiction, articles, and journalistic work. (1000 words max)
  • CV/Resume: Describe your artistic background to a maximum length of three pages. Please include all relevant contact information. Due to the multigenerational aspect that is core to this project, we require all submissions to include your date of birth on your CV.


TNG is committed to supporting artists who may require accommodations to fairly access this application process. If you require any accommodations, please call us at 403.233.2399, or email us at with the subject line Accommodations Request.

TNG only accepts digital submissions via email. Please format all written materials as a single PDF document.

Email the completed submission packages to ATTN: Communications + Outreach, Calgary Chinatown Publication at