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Want to get involved?

What’s in the works at YW

Young W is an arts & letters resource, online shop, directory and (soon-to-be) publisher.

And YW is also part of a community. We are always looking for amazing new products, exciting new manuscripts and new organizations to showcase in our directory and in our events section. For all the details about what we are currently working on, see below. Do get in touch.

Ways to get involved

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YW Directory

Our directory covers the 9 pillars of the arts & letters. Click the link below or email us at info@youngw.ca with a short blurb about your organization, the link to your website, and some images to include in your entry (image requirements: four .jpg files with dimensions 1000 x 1000px and one .jpg with 3000px width x 1200px height). We don't charge a fee to be listed, but make our own editorial choices about what we publish. Check out the category links by theme below to see if your organization, business, artist profile, shop, brand, non-profit etc. would be a good fit. We add directory entries from all continents.
Submit your directory listing!
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Community Event Listings

We are looking to showcase live arts & letters events (virtual or in-person) that fall under one of YW's nine themes. Listings are free and updated every Thursday morning, however, we make our own editorial decisions about which events to feature. Simply click the link below or email us at info@youngw.ca with your event details and at least two .jpg files (one with 3000 px width x 1200 px height and one with 1005 px width x 750 px height). We add event listings from all continents. Check out the directory category links by theme below to see the types of events we are interested in.
Submit your event!
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YW Events

We are currently looking for workshop facilitators and speakers for YW's own event series to start in 2023 (virtual, or in-person in Toronto, Covid-19 permitting). We are still working on the details, but we are specifically looking for people who would like to share their expertise as watercolour artists, poetry workshop facilitators, linguists doing practical workshops about ecolinguistics and critical discourse analysis, experienced book collectors, typewriter enthusiasts, playwrights, letter & postcard collectors, architectural historians and organizers working on democratic renewal. We'd love to hear from you! Or, if you have your own suggestions for an event that you'd like YW to host, please get in touch too.
Contact YW
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Reading

Are you a bookshop, library, or any other literary or literacy-themed organization who would like to be listed in our directory? Check out the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of READING (link below). We are also always looking for fiction titles to stock, especially from self-published authors and from small, independent publishers. If you think your book would be a good fit for our shop, please drop us a line. We also accept fiction manuscripts with queer themes and/or queer characters. Please see our detailed submission guidelines below.
READING directory categories
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Writing

Are you a publisher, writers group, pen shop, typewriter repair shop or any other organization related to (creative) writing or writing instruments who would like to be listed in our directory? Click on the link to see the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of WRITING.
WRITING directory categories
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Paper

Are you a calligrapher, paper maker, print designer, letterpress studio or any other organization dealing with paper and stationery who would like to be listed in our directory? Click the link to see the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of PAPER. We are always looking for new products to stock and are accepting submissions from artists, artisans and small businesses working in stationery and paper to be listed in the YW shop as a third-party vendor or drop-ship supplier. See section "Vendors & drop-ship suppliers" below for more details.
PAPER directory categories
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Art

Are you an art gallery, illustrator, art school, photographer, independent movie theatre, video store, or any other organization working in the visual arts who would like to be listed in our directory? Check out the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of ART (link below). We are also accepting submissions for non-fiction manuscripts related to visual arts, incl. art books and chapbooks involving art (see section "What we publish" below for details).
ART directory categories
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Performance

Are you a theatre company, dance festival, music venue, orchestra or any other organization working in the performing arts who would like to be listed in our directory? Click on the link below to see the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of PERFORMANCE. We are also accepting play manuscripts for publication (see section "What we publish" below for details).
PERFORMANCE directory categories
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Poetry

Are you a poetry festival, spoken word artist, oral storyteller or any other individual or organization involved with poetry, spoken word and storytelling who would like to be listed in our directory? Click on the link to see the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of POETRY.
POETRY directory categories
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Cities

Are you an artist who creates public art or murals, a local community organization, a historical society or any other individual or organization dealing with public art, geography, architecture, urban planning or making your city/suburb/town/village a better place? If you would like to be listed in our directory, click on the link below to check out the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of CITIES.
CITIES directory categories
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Society

Are you a newspaper, archive, historian, community organizer or any other individual or organization whose work relates to civil society, democracy, journalism & media literacy, history or important questions of our time? If you would like to be listed in our directory, take a look at the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of SOCIETY (link below). We are also accepting submissions for translations into English of fiction that speaks to a pivotal societal moment in history (see section "What we publish" below for details).
SOCIETY directory categories
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Language

Are you a linguist, language museum, grammar hotline, language learning resource, researcher or any other organization whose work relates to language use, language change, language learning and linguistics in general? If you would like to be listed in our directory, please check out the categories we are looking to fill for the theme of LANGUAGE (link below). We are also looking for editors and contributors for a book series on language. If you are fluent in Korean, Twi/Akan, Greek, Cree, Spanish or Tamil and have a background in linguistics, literature and/or another field in the humanities field, please get in touch.
LANGUAGE directory categories
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Drop-ship & product vendors

We are currently looking for third-party product vendors and drop-ship suppliers in the category of PAPER. We are particularly interested in greeting cards, bookplates, bookmarks, stationery sets, postcards and address books. If you are located in a country we ship to (see link below), please get in touch to discuss details.
Countries YW ships to
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What we publish

YW accepts agented and un-agented manuscript submissions in the following fiction & non-fiction categories: fiction for adults with queer themes and/or queer characters; translations into English of fiction related to the YW theme of SOCIETY (works not currently available in English only); play scripts of finished new dramatic works or previously staged theatre plays (work not previously published only); non-fiction, art books and chapbooks about visual arts, incl. photography, sculpture, architectural follies/folliness, and public art. Please see our submission guidelines below.
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Manuscript submission guidelines

We do not accept submissions by email. Please send the first 15 pages of your hardcopy manuscript along with a synopsis, the genre of the work, an estimated word count, an author biography, agent information (if applicable) and your contact information to the postal address listed on our Contact page. At this time, we accept manuscripts in English only. Please do not submit original art since work will not be returned. We will only contact authors if we are interested reviewing the completed manuscript. Please note: work published by YW will not be distributed via Amazon.
Submit your manuscript

So what is all this? A platform? An ecosystem? It does sound good, but also implausible...

Yes, some type of platform, digital for now, but hopefully physical soon as well. Definitely a type of ecosystem. Yes, perhaps involving things that may appear difficult, but all doable. A human ecosystem. An offline ecosystem of humans, celebrating arts & letters, creating, caring, contributing, and being curious.