Open Call for Emerging Writers:
M:ST & Luma Quarterly Critical Writing Prize
Deadline: October 28, 2018 at midnight

Luma Film & Media Art Quarterly and M:ST Performative Art Biennial are excited to present an inaugural Critical Writing Prize coinciding with the M:ST 9 Biennial, September 7 – October 7, 2018. Emerging writers, including students and recent graduates, are invited to submit to this prize. The accepted contributor will receive a $300 cash prize as well as a feature in the Winter issue (February 2019) of the Luma Quarterly online publication, which includes a publishing honorarium of an additional $200.

The intent of this writing prize is to provide an opportunity for an emerging writer to respond to contemporary performance art in Western Canada, specifically as it incorporates or relates to film and media art. Interested writers must attend at least one scheduled performance, exhibition, or workshop during M:ST 9, responding directly or using it as a foundation for their submission, which may take the form of a written review, essay, reflection, or creative response. It must include a film and/or media art aspect to be published in Luma Quarterly. Project descriptions, festival schedule, and other information about M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial can be found at

There is no fee to apply for this prize. All M:ST 9 events are free and all are welcome. For any questions regarding submissions, please email us at


To be considered for this prize, please include all of the following in your submission:
- Draft of written article or essay attached as PDF (1000-2000 words)
- Short bio of writer (maximum 100 words)
- A minimum of one image as a JPEG file (note that contributors will be responsible for securing rights to all images if published)

Please send all files in one email, as attachments, to
Your email subject should read “M:ST Prize – LASTNAME”. Do not include any of your submission components in the body of your email. Include your name in all file names – for example: LASTNAME_Firstname_EssayTitle.doc, LASTNAME_Firstname_Image1.jpg, etc.

About Luma Quarterly:
Luma is a quarterly online publication about independent film and media art published by CSIF – The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society. Luma includes critical essays, news, reviews, event previews, interviews, reflections, and photo/video essays about culturally relevant productions, events and ideas. Luma aims to expand critical dialogue about media art and film from a Western Canadian perspective on an international platform. For more info, go to:

About M:ST 9:
M:ST 9 takes over theatres, galleries, and public spaces all over the downtown core from September 7 – October 7, 2018, bringing you opportunities to entangle with media in new and surprising ways through exhibitions, interactive installations, performances, and interventions. Full festival schedule can be found at


Next Deadline: July 15, 2018 (Issue #014)

Luma accepts pitches and previously unpublished finished works that aim to expand critical dialogue about media art and film. Submission formats can include, but are not limited to: critical essays, news, reviews, event previews, interviews, reflections, and photo or video essays. Submissions must address culturally relevant film and media art productions, events, and ideas and be consistent with EMMEDIA’s mandate/mission with preference being given to Western Canadian writers and topics.

Submissions for Issue 014 are due July 15, 2018 and will be launched in November 2018.


- Luma accepts submissions on an ongoing basis for publication in May, August, November and February.

- Multiple submissions are accepted; simultaneous submissions are not.

- Successful contributors will receive an honorarium of $200 per submission per issue.

For more info, go to: