Western Canada's art magazine since 2002

Guidelines for Writers

Galleries West welcomes pitches from previously published arts writers or emerging writers with a strong sense of the writing craft and a good knowledge of the visual arts. We encourage pitches from diverse voices, including BIPOC writers. 

Most of our stories and reviews relate to artists with exhibitions in Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) or the North (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut), or significant exhibitions elsewhere that feature Western Canadian artists. We occasionally commission articles on more general themes.

We prefer to publish stories and reviews while exhibitions are on view and seek commentary sophisticated enough to engage arts professionals, but accessible to a general audience interested in the arts.

Please direct pitches to editor@gallerieswest.ca, briefly explaining the premise of what you want to write. Include links to relevant websites and a short description of your arts-related experience, as well as two samples of previous writing, either as PDFs or links.

We provide a Letter of Agreement stipulating the terms of the assignment. We typically commission stories and reviews of about 500 words for which we pay a flat fee of $300. Our deadlines are firm.

We ask writers to be transparent about potential conflicts of interest.

Looking for articles by a particular writer? Enter the writer's name in the search box in the upper right corner of any page.

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Alberta Multimedia Development Fund, the Government of Canada Emergency Periodical Fund Program and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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