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Call for Writers
Independent community literary magazine and small press Four Chambers seeks six individuals to create original literary work in response to large-scale public art installations during Canal Convergence 2018 Water + Art + Light, an annual public art festival taking place at the Scottsdale Waterfront (Scottsdale and Goldwater, Scottsdale, AZ 85251) February 23 – 24 and March 2 – 3, 2018. All individuals who are selected to participate in the project will receive a $150 stipend. Writers of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to apply. To learn more, visit

As these are temporary public art projects, this project calls for a participatory, immersive, and experiential process (with a particular focus on social and community practice). While individuals are encouraged to spend time before the festival visiting artists’ websites, familiarizing themselves with their work, or otherwise researching and preparing for the event according to their own individual creative process, however they may or may not see fit, individuals are expected to use their visit to the festival as the basis or inspiration for composing work.

While the work of art should figure or relate to the finished literary work in some way, the exact nature of this relationship is at the individual’s own discretion: the artwork itself; other projects by the artist; the artist themselves; people interacting with the installation; interactions around the installation; an association or memory derived from any of the above; directly, objectively, personally, analytically, critically, loosely; as long as it is somehow related to the project; whatever way works best for them. The more creative and interpretive individuals can be in their response, the better.

To view examples of finished work from Canal Convergence 2017, visit

Finished work can be in any literary style, genre, language or form, and should be relatively short / capable of being performed in 5 to 7 minutes. Given the public nature of this event, work should also refrain from using excessive curse-words or portraying excessively graphic scenes. All of this being said, there are no particular guidelines or specifications for finished work.

Performance & Display
Finished work will be performed live at Canal Convergence on Saturday evening, March 3, 2018 and posted on Scottsdale Public Art’s website.

All individuals who are selected to participate in the project will receive a $150 stipend from Scottsdale Public Art to assist in the research and completion of their work.

Application Process
To apply, please:

  1. Review the featured art projects and installations at
  2. Visit, select the category “Special Project / Canal Convergence 2018” and complete the form.

Beyond reviewing the featured artists and making three selections, you will need:

  • A brief cover letter
  • A relatively professional biography
  • Links to or examples of sample work

Applications will open on Monday, January 29th, 2018 and close Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 11:59 pm Arizona time. Individuals will be notified via e-mail by Monday, February 19th, 2018. Please make sure to check your inbox and have the appropriate time set aside for meetings, workshops, and site visits should you be selected to participate.

Selection Process
Individuals will be selected on the basis of three criteria:

  • Strength of work
  • Choice of artist
  • Overall fit within the applicant pool

Given the relatively demanding nature of this project, individuals should have some kind of demonstrated track record, habit, or practice of reliable or consistent artistic production (though this does not need to be publication). Four Chambers will be seeking to assemble a broad pool of writers representing a diversity of backgrounds and styles. Writers of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply.

Please note that all times are Arizona Time (and all dates are in the year 2018)

Application Period
Mon 01/29 Application period opens
Sun 02/11 Application period closes 11:59 pm

Selection Process
Mon 02/19 Applicants notified

Tue 02/20 Author meeting (6 pm, Carly’s Bistro, 128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, 85004)

Week of 02/19 Installation
Fri – Sat 02/23 – 24 Canal Convergence
Tue 02/27 Author workshop (optional: 7 pm, Carly’s Bistro, 128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004)
Fri – Sat 03/02 – 03 Canal Convergence
Sat 03/03 Author workshop (optional: 1 pm Cartel Coffee, 7124 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251)
Sat 03/03 Reading

More Information
If you have any questions about Four Chambers or the application process, please visit our website at or contact Jake Friedman, Director, Four Chambers Press at 240.593.1757 or Thank you so much for your time, we look forward to seeing your work.

Featured Art

  1. Reflection Rising by Poetic Kinetics
  2. Desert Sun by Jotta Studio
  3. Globoscope by Collectif Coin
  4. Flawless by Studio ALEX
  5. Barter Boat by RADAR Art
  6. Los Trompos by Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena