The Festival of Literary Diversity includes over 30 authors and presenters and attracts more than 500 people to downtown Brampton to celebrate diverse, Canadian authors, poets, and storytellers. We are passionate about celebrating established and emerging writers while creating new and exciting opportunities for aspiring writers and marginalized voices.
The FOLD is bringing back the Writer’s Court — one of the most popular events from FOLD 2016 and we are looking for new voices to feature in this one-of-a-kind live critique. Writers who read at the Writer’s Court will present a small excerpt from a completed work-in-progress. These writers will receive live feedback from a panel of publishing professionals that include editors, publicists, and industry decision-makers. The FOLD Planning Team is looking for authors of fiction or non-fiction with diverse lived experience. Apply for the Writer’s Court by Friday, March 17.
The FOLD puts out a forty-page program that is distributed to FOLD attendees and industry professionals year-round and appears on the web long after the festival is over. The 2016 festival program highlighted the voices appearing in the festival, but this year, we are interested in extending the reach and variety of the program by making it possible for writers across the country to submit relevant content.
We are looking for blogs, articles, and nonfiction work written in the last year that present a diverse lens on a particular topic and/or address diversity in the publishing industry. We are looking to present a diverse range of stories that reflect variations in geography, ethnicity, race, culture, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and religion. Writers whose work is selected for the FOLD 2017 program will receive a small honorarium. Articles must be submitted by March 1, 2016. Selections will be made by March 31, 2017.