Judged by M. Gnanasihamany, a Tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based artist and writer, the contest is seeking completed drafts of art writing on artists, projects, spaces, and topics considered emerging or underrepresented with a particular interest to a Canadian context and audience. Submissions must be previously unpublished in any context and the work being written about should have been exhibited or taken place sometime in 2023. Word count should be a maximum of 1,200 words.

The winner will win $500 and publication on the website and in our forthcoming 2023 print publication.

For the contest, we are looking for standard reviews of art exhibitions, screenings, events, or performances of or by emerging or underrepresented artists that have taken place in 2023. Priority will be given to writing on Canadian work and/or artists, as well as to those who have not written for PR before. Please ensure your written submission is in .doc or .docx format, and does not include your name. If you are submitting a more experimental review, you may explain some brief notes on formatting in the document before the review for clarity. Images of the exhibition or event are not necessary, but we ask you link to the gallery website or Instagram for reference if possible.


Submit your work to submissions@peripheralreview.com with the subject line: “2023 Contest” by midnight PDT on Friday June 30th. The winner will be announced in mid-July.

Send any questions to contact@peripheralreview.com in advance of the deadline.

About the judge:

M. Gnanasihamany is an artist, writer, and curator in Tio’tia:ke. Their practice explores the political world of pictures through their dissemination, collection, and reproduction, examining the image’s capacity to at once mirror and enforce the conditions of its production. Their written work can be found in Leste, Peripheral Review, BlackFlash Magazine, SNAPline, and elsewhere, and their mini-chapbook, Unconscious Method, was published by Ghost City Press in 2021. They are a member of the Peripheral Review editorial committee. M. was most recently a presenting contributor at the Geopoetics Symposium 2022 at Hollyhock, and co-curator of The Equivalence of Alloyed Gold with Morgan Melenka, a year-long experimental commissioning and exhibition process hosted by Critical Distance Centre for Curators.