Digital Publication Opportunity for Current Students
Submission Deadline: July 7, 2020, 11:59pm

Reflecting on the tumultuous nature of 2020, Greenwood invites submissions by current students at any level and in any discipline for a digital publication: a reflection on the current moment framed through the idea of a “time out.” Conventionally a term describing a break in activity (e.g. teams reconvening during sports) or denoting a reflection period (as a strategy for discipline and/or education), we are interested in how notions of “time out” take form under COVID-19’s measures of quarantine and social distance. How does the pandemic actively redefine what we consider normal? How do new regulations present opportunities for reflection? How does the pandemic affect our relationship with the environment? How has COVID-19 revealed shortcomings of our organized society, and how does it continue to do so?

This is an opportunity for emerging artists, writers, poets, and researchers to share their work and participate in student-led efforts to circulate and create space for ambitious, thoughtful art and writing that advances student perspectives on our contemporary condition. Works in visual arts, critical and creative writing will be considered.

In addition to the above questions, we invite submissions on the following themes:

  • Self-imposed reflection, conditions of creativity and knowledge production in quarantine
  • Time out as time outside: relationships to outdoor activity, public space, and protest
  • Disaster response and resistance to disaster capitalism
  • Time running out: periods of action/inaction on climate and environmental justice
  • Calls to reopen, responses to the notion of “return to normal”
  • Marginalizing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, relationships between state power and privilege


  • Applicant’s name and contact information (include website and social media links if applicable)
  • A short biography (100 words maximum)
  • For textual submissions: 1 piece of writing (maximum of 1500 words for prose/essays) or up to 5 shorter pieces of writing (e.g. poems) to a maximum of 1500 words
  • For visual art submissions: Up to 10 .jpg images OR YouTube/Vimeo link(s) to media-based work. Include all artwork information (artist name, artwork title, year, medium, dimensions) and a statement about the work (maximum of 200 words).

DEADLINE: JULY 7, 2020 at 11:59pm

Works selected for publication will be included in a digital publication hosted at, launching in August 2020. All applicants will be notified by July 15, 2020. Applicants whose work is selected for publication may be asked to respond to and incorporate a round of editorial feedback prior to publication.

About Greenwood UTM

Greenwood UTM is a student-run initiative led by participants in the Work-Study program at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga. Through student-organized projects, we support partnerships, workshops, and events that use art and culture to promote political and environmental engagement.