Calling local youth: The Discourse seeks community submissions

We’re publishing writing and art from youth in Cowichan and Nanaimo.

The Discourse is committed to lifting up the voices of youth in the Cowichan and Nanaimo regions. We’re looking for submissions that have a connection to the place you call home. You might write a news story about something interesting happening in your community, or an opinion piece about a local issue you care about. We’re also open to other kinds of submissions, including fiction, poetry, photography and artwork, if they help to tell a story about the place you live. 

If we accept your submission, we’ll publish it on our website and, possibly, also print it in a zine later this year. We’ll also pay you a $50 honorarium. 

What are we looking for? 

It can be anything! We’re particularly excited to share contributions about the ways young people are taking action to build the kind of world they want to live in. 

We’ve previously published an essay from a Cowichan teen about the meaning of home, this first-hand account of BIPOC student-led anti-racism initiatives in Ladysmith, this summary of a school project on Indigenous representation in movies and on TV and this reflection on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

It could be something like that, or it could be something totally different. We’re open to your ideas!

You might write about something cool happening at your school, or interview a teacher that you really admire. You can send us something you’ve already done or an idea for something you’d like to do. 

The Discourse is a local news publication with a commitment to the values of community, care and curiosity, and we’re looking for submissions that reflect those values. 

Who can submit?

We want to hear from people up to 29 years old who either live in or have a connection to the Cowichan or Nanaimo regions of Vancouver Island. We especially want to hear from BIPOC youth, queer youth, disabled youth and others who are too often left out of the public conversation.

If this doesn’t sound like you but you still want to get involved, feel free to fill out the form anyways, or email [email protected]. We’d be glad to hear your ideas. 

Complete this form to send us your ideas!

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