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Upcoming proposal deadlines:
HANDHELD Media Arts Magazine – TBA
Anthology of Critical Texts – TBA

We are always seeking new writers, either emerging or established, for EMMEDIA publications and essays to accompany programming exhibitions or events. We are interested in writing that addresses emergent media arts practices and places them in a critical context.

We accept unsolicited proposals for exhibition reviews, book reviews, feature articles and interviews that are relevant to EMMEDIA and/or the media arts community. Before submitting, please visit our website to familiarize yourself with the type of content EMMEDIA publishes.

Your writing could appear in any of our publications, which currently include the bi-annual Handheld Media Arts Magazine, and an annual anthology of critical texts based on the programming theme of the year. EMMEDIA is committed to paying each of its contributors a fee, dependent on the publication.

About Handheld Media Arts Magazine:

Handheld has grown from a newsletter into Alberta’s first dedicated media arts magazine published by EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society. It is distributed nationally and twice annually to members, arts organizations, institutions and interested individuals. The magazine keeps Calgary’s media arts community informed about events, activities and contemporary theory, ideas, and social arts activism. It provides a forum for the discussion of current issues and concerns, and a venue for relating information about workshops, equipment and policy changes within EMMEDIA.

Handheld is also posted in PDF format as an online resource on the EMMEDIA website. This increases the reach of our publication where otherwise international mailing costs would prove prohibitive.

Handheld responds to members’ needs to share insights, ideas and information. Circulation is currently 350. Contributing writers to the magazine are paid, and provide essays and reviews, which further stimulate discussion and a sense of community. Our goal is to increase our editorial rigor to ensure Handheld maintains its critical value and continues to move forward as a print resource for artists and the community.

For more information or to read previous publications, please click here.

About our annual Anthology of Critical Texts:

EMMEDIA publishes an anthology of essays that explore our current programming theme of the year. Texts are developed through a critical writing workshop facilitated by an established writer and/or editor.

For more information or to read our previous publication, please click here.


EMMEDIA is committed to paying each of its contributors a fee, dependent on the publication.


Submitted content that is chosen for inclusion in any of our publications will go through a revision process by our editor. The editor reserves the right of final edit and withdrawal. Note that during the design phase, we sometimes discover the need to shuffle a piece to a future issue instead. In the event your piece is pushed back, we will inform you.


All EMMEDIA publications consists of a printed edition and a digital edition on our website. In submitting content, the writer grants EMMEDIA permission to publish material in its entirety in print and/or online. All copyrights remain with the writer and will not republish any content without consent of the writer, or withhold the right of the writer to republish the content.

EMMEDIA reserves First North American Serial Rights, which also extend to our digital editions of all publications. Copyright reverts to the writer after the publication.

All submissions should include:
- Completed submission draft – minimum 500 words in a word document that is MAC compatible.
- A resume/cv including a list of published works when applicable.
- A short biography explaining your artistic background and interests.

Please mail submissions to:

c/o Vicki Chau, Programming Director
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society
#203, 351 – 11 Ave. SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0C7

or email to:
with subject line: EMMEDIA writer application