2022 Writing Prize

We are pleased to announce the third annual Capture Writing Prize, a juried award to support emerging writers and broaden the discourse on lens-based art.

The winner of this competition will be commissioned to write a 1,000 word text for Capture’s annual catalogue on a current issue in lens-based art for which a $2,000 CAD prize will be awarded. The winner’s work will be featured alongside the writing of established contemporary thinkers in the field. Applicants must self-define as an emerging writer, be 18 years of age or older, and have a limited publishing history; applications are open to both Canadian and international participants. Capture is committed to amplifying underrepresented voices and encourages applicants from these communities.

Capture’s annual catalogue features editorial writing from a range of writers, curators and artists–past issues have included texts by Grant Arnold, Katie Belcher, David Campany, Durga Chew-Bose, Douglas Coupland, Dean Daderko, Cliff Lauson, Nya Lewis, Sarah Milroy, Gabrielle Moser, Kimberly Phillips, Erin Silver, Jeff Wall, Emmy Lee Wall, Ian Wallace, Chelsea Yuill, and last year’s Writing Prize winner Ramona Jingru Wang. Past issues of Capture’s catalogues can be viewed here

Application Guidelines:

Due Date:  June 20, 2022 11:59pm PST

Please submit an unpublished sample of your art writing (max. 1000 words) and a c.v. or bio in PDF format to [email protected] with the subject line Capture Writing Prize 2022. Any questions can be directed to the submission email address, [email protected]. While the winner will be commissioned to write about lens-based art, the writing sample may be about art in other media.

The winner will submit writing samples that are original, thought-provoking, and with a clear point of view. Capture values writing that is challenging but accessible and that connects art to ideas that permeate contemporary society.

The winner will be commissioned to submit their text for the 2023 Capture catalogue.


Sky Goodden:

Sky Goodden is the founding Publisher and Editor of Momus, an online art publication that encourages slow looking and brave positioning in art criticism. Momus hosts the Momus Emerging Critics Residencies twice annually, as well as a paid Critical Writing Fellowship. Goodden also co-produces and co-hosts The New York Times-celebrated Momus: The Podcast, with Lauren Wetmore. Goodden has published in multiple catalogues and art books, as well as in Frieze, Art in America, C Magazine, and Art21. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor with Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and is based in Montreal.

Nya Lewis:

Equal parts curatorial and social practice, Nya Lewis, MFA works across the disciplines of research, curating, making and writing. Her practice is multivalent in form and expression, driven by the reimagining of community by upholding the lineage of work undertaken by Black, Indigenous, and artists of color who blaze(d) a trail of critical discourse concerning theory and practice of contemporary art. She currently serves as the Interim Artistic Director at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, a Research Assistant at the Center for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora, and guest curator at Grunt Gallery.  Recently her writing has been published in Cmag, Canadian Art, Femme Art Review, Art & Senses, Capture, Polygon and UBC Equity and Inclusion. Nya Lewis is the incoming director of Artspeak.

And Capture’s Executive Director, Emmy Lee Wall.

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