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Call for Submissions: This Really Happened at Blue Metropolis


Our friends at the long-standing This Really Happened series are looking for storytellers ready to take the stage and reveal some inner truths, April 16th at Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. The following is the official call for submissions.

carte blanche seeks a Social Media and Web Coordinator

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carte blanche welcomes applications for the position of Social Media and Web Coordinator to contribute to our ongoing growth and development. Based in Montreal, our primarily online publication is the official magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. While this position is not salaried, it pays a modest honorarium annually.

The Great Escape: Captivity, Freedom, Exile and the Holiday Christmas Movie


A few weeks ago I was watching Trevor Noah interview Lupita Nyong’o about her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when she made an otherwise throwaway comment I found quite striking:

“I grew up watching Star Wars. It was a part of my life. It came on TV on public holidays, so I thought of Star Wars as time off of school.”

Gregory McCormick is the new Co-Editor and Creative Nonfiction Editor of carte blanche


We’re very happy to announce that Gregory McCormick is joining the carte blanche team. He’ll be Co-Editor, alongside Laurence Miall, and will also be the Creative Nonfiction Editor. Greg brings over a decade of editing, writing and cultural programming experience.

Opportunity: We Are Looking for an Editor of Creative Nonfiction


carte blanche, the online magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, is accepting applications for the position of creative nonfiction editor. This is a volunteer position but pays a modest honorarium. Ideally, the successful candidate should reside in or near Montreal.

Guillaume Morissette: Guest Fiction Editor of Issue 26


We are pleased to announce that Montreal author Guillaume Morissette will be joining us as guest editor of fiction for Issue 26, our first issue of 2016. You still have until December 31 to find your best short stories or novel excerpts and send them in. Submit online now if you haven’t already. It’s free! Successful contributors receive $50.

Video: Dispatches from Ann-Marie MacDonald

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During her time as the 2015 Mordecai Richler Writer in Residence at Concordia University, Ann-Marie MacDonald has been chronicling her experiences in a series of ‘dispatches.’ In these brief videos the award-winning author reflects on and among the writerly-tools of the late author. Richler attended what is now the Sir-George Williams campus of the university from 1949-1951.

And the Winner is…


Congratulations to Deborah Van Slet, winner of the 2015 3Macs carte blanche Prize! Van Slet was awarded the prize for her nonfiction piece, “Self-Serve” from Issue 24. We extend our thanks to this year’s judge, Kathleen Winter, and invite you to read the winning piece in full here.

Here are the finalists of the 2015 3Macs carte blanche Prize


We’re delighted to share with you the names of the three finalists of the 2015 3Macs carte blanche Prize, as selected by juror, Kathleen Winter. The big winner will be announced tonight at the Quebec Writers’ Federation Gala and will lay her hands on a cash prize and this most amazing trophy–originally handcrafted by Glen LeMesurier.