The Fresh Pages
Editorial Mentorship in Creative Non-fiction at
carte blanche

Deadline to apply:
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The eligibility criteria have changed!

This program is open to you if you are Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.

Learn all about editing literary magazines and what it means to be an editor who works with writers to bring their best narrative to readers.The creative non-fiction editor of the carte blanche literary journal, Jenny Ferguson, will share what she knows about the writing and editing life and her best practices, as well as supporting you to develop your skills. Jen wants you to grow and will work to make the mentorship uniquely suited to your needs. You will talk together about your goals and how this experience can help you reach them.


  • You will receive:
    • approximately 15 hours of mentorship between March 1 and May 30, 2021;
    • a $300 honorarium;
    • and a free one-year membership in the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

Your mentor will be Jenny Ferguson:

  • Jenny Ferguson (she/her/hers or they/them) is Métis (on her father’s side) and Canadian settler (on her mother’s side), an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing, teaching, and beading are political acts. Border Markers, her collection of linked flash fiction narratives, is available from NeWest Press. She teaches at Loyola Marymount University and in the Opt-Res MFA Program at the University of British Columbia.
  • You will be taught to read submissions, decide what to publish in the next few issues, and work with writers on editing selections. You will also have the chance to solicit work from a writer you admire.
  • You will be invited to apply for a permanent editor position after the mentorship.


  • Applicants must live in Quebec and be Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour.
  • There is no age or publication requirement. We invite students and seniors to apply.
  • Writers who are currently working as an editor for a professional magazine or literary journal are not eligible to apply.


Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page), including:
    • why you are interested in this editing mentorship; 
    • confirmation that you meet the eligibility criteria;
    • your full name and a way to contact you.
  • A sample of your writing (maximum 2 pages).

Please submit your application to or by mail to:Editorial MentorshipQuebec Writers’ Federation
1200 Atwater Ave., Room 3
Westmount, QC H3Z 1X4

Deadline to apply: February 17, 2021