[CLOSED] 2022 Call for Submissions

Silverfish Magazine is seeking emerging Toronto-based artists and writers to participate in the 2022 Silverfish Artist and Writer Program, taking place January to March of 2022. Workshops and meetings will take place online over a three-hour period, with the possibility of face-to-face meetings over the course of the 8 week program. Participants can expect a 3-5 hour workload outside of group workshops. 

The Silverfish Artist and Writer Program is a peer-oriented workshop series that pairs artists and writers to produce new work through skill-sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration. Selected participants will develop their practices through reading groups, critiques, peer editing, collective making, and workshops tailored to participants’ interests. Participants will have the opportunity to host public workshops in their chosen creative forms. The program will culminate in the production of Silverfish Magazine 002, published by Hearth, which will showcase the artworks and writings produced during the program. The selected participants will be paid a $550 fee for the work they produce as a part of this program. The Silverfish Artist and Writer Program is committed to prioritizing marginalized voices, particularly those from within 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their applications. 

This year’s program considers the theme transition. Relating to the many transformations of the past year and a half, transition addresses both the personal and public realms. We are seeking artists and writers whose work engages diverse interpretations of the theme transition: the slowness of the moment that has shifted our relationality and sense of responsibility to each other; an expanded relationship to gender and our physicalities; and the calls for systemic and institutional change that have been put into focus throughout the pandemic and contemporaneous crises. We will be working through ideas related to transition in our workshops and will be publishing writing and artwork that explores this theme. 


To qualify for this program you must be:

  • An emerging artist and/or writer
  • Based in Toronto
  • Under 30 years old
  • 2SLGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC
  • Excited to expand your practice by incorporating new skills outside of your main discipline 
  • Interested in exploring (or continuing to explore) the theme of transition through your writing or artwork


Please send the following to to silverfishmagazine@gmail.com by December 17, 2021:

  •  a CV
  • a short statement of interest (maximum 500 words) describing your practice and your interest in the program and the theme of transition 
  • an example of your work – If you are applying as a writer, please submit a writing sample no longer than 1000 words. If you are applying as an artist, please submit up to 10 support images OR up to 2 videos of your work. 

If you have any questions or need any assistance in the application progress please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Silverfish is a publication and workshop program focused on cultivating ongoing dialogues between emerging contemporary artists and writers based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Silverfish publishes experimental and expansive approaches to art and art writing through thematic assemblages of texts and artworks. We pair emerging artists and writers to reflect on pressing themes and critical discourses within contemporary art and culture. Silverfish fulfils a necessary niche, offering space for ongoing collaborations between emerging artists and writers that centre community building and skill sharing. We’re committed to providing a unique platform and paid opportunities for emerging artists and writers, particularly for those within the 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.