2021 Literary Arts Magazine Summit

Event Date: 6th November 2021

Time: 10:00AM – 4:30PM (MT)
Location: Online
Registration Closes: Friday, 29 October, 2021

Arts and literary titles face unique challenges in publishing magazines, from small staff sizes to grant writing. We know that at times it can feel like no one could possibly understand your workplace challenges. AMPA wants to put you around a table with the people who get it. Our 2021 Literary Arts Magazine Summit brings you together with your peers and other industry professionals who understand the ins and out of your role, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from successfully navigating the demanding world of magazine publishing.

The Summit will offer arts and literary magazines an opportunity to collaborate and share best practices through case studies, presentations and expert-led roundtable discussions. Bring your proven solutions, and your questions, and prepare to learn from each other and from industry experts.

Join a group of experienced publishers led by Geist publisher, AnnMarie MacKinnon, and staff from AMPA member arts and literary magazines to discuss a wide range of topics including:

  • How to create an inclusive style guide
  • How to manage a social media presence with a small staff
  • A keynote presentation on arts and identity

Registration Fees
AMPA Member: $40
Non-Member: $50


Keynote with Catherine Hernandez
10:00AM – 10:45AM

The “Right” Words: Inclusive Editing with Iva Cheung
10:50AM – 11:35AM
Join writer, editor, and indexer Iva Cheung, as she discusses the joys and challenges of decolonizing your editing process. From acquisitions to developing a house style, Cheung explores how our language choices have real impact (and evolve over time) in terms of increasing visibility and equity for creators from historically excluded identities.

Grants for Small Literary Mags with Sean Cranbury
11:40AM – 12:35PM
Grants are a fundamental part of the revenue stream for most small mags—but they can also be the biggest time suck. Join Sean Cranbury as he takes you through tips and tricks that will streamline your grant-writing process and save you time on reporting—from making the leap between project and operating funding, to how to organize materials so that they’re useable across different grants, to wrangling dreaded CADAC.

12:35PM – 1:00PM

Social Media for Small Magazines with Andrew Lovesey
1:00PM – 1:45PM
So many platforms, so little time! How can anybody, let alone small mags with few team members, keep up? Andrew Lovesey takes you through how small mags can create and, most importantly, maintain and grow audiences on social media to engage readership and keep your magazine top of mind.

Crowdfunding for Publishers with Heather McDaid & Matthew Stepanic
1:50PM – 2:40PM
The crunch is real and small mags are feeling it! More than ever, resources at small publications are stretched thin and publishers are turning to crowdfunding as a way to grow and diversify revenue streams, fund supplemental programming and keep the lights on. Heather McDaid and Matthew Stepanic discuss, and Stepanic answers your questions about how to plan and run a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Final Session – Details to Come
2:45PM – 3:30PM

Peer-to-Peer Networking
3:30PM – 4:30PM


Iva Cheung is a Certified Professional Editor, indexer, publishing consultant, and researcher specializing in plain language. She has won Editors Canada’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, President’s Award for Volunteer Service, and Karen Virag Award for promoting the editing profession. She holds a Master of Publishing degree and a PhD in health sciences, and she works with historically underheard groups to co-create accessible communications.



Sean Cranbury is a freelance writer, website designer, communications consultant, and project manager specializing in using digital tools and technology to inspire change. He has worked with a diverse range of people and organizations in the arts (writing and publishing specifically), public healthcare, and the hospitality industry, among others. Sean has also produced several independent creative projects that are inspired by the collision and integration of books, writing, various digital and analogue media, community building, and collaboration.


Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour and an award-winning author. She is the author of Scarborough, which won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for unpublished manuscript. She’s also written for the screen and several books for children. Her upcoming novel, PSW, will be released by HarperCollins in 2022.



Heather McDaid is an award-winning freelancer in the creative industries. She is also one half of indie publisher 404 Ink alongside Laura Jones, books editor at The Skinny, and Events & Programme Support Officer at Publishing Scotland. Heather was formerly coordinator of Scot Lit Fest, Scotland’s virtual book festival, and co-chair of the Society of Young Publishers Scotland. She has also worked on creative projects with organizations from BHP Comics and The Children’s Media Conference to Girlguiding Scotland.



Matthew Stepanic is the editor and co-founder of Glass Buffalo, the poetry editor for Eighteen Bridges, and a freelance writer and editor. He has also served on the board of the Edmonton Poetry Festival since 2014. He is a co-author of the collaborative novel, Project Compass (Monto Books, 2017), and the author of Relying on that Body (Glass Buffalo Publishing, 2018). In 2015, FIPP named him one of the Top 3 Rising Stars in Media Under 30. Alongside Jason Purcell, he manages Glass Bookshop, Edmonton’s newest bookstore.


AnnMarie MacKinnon is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Geist magazine. She has worked in both magazine and book publishing for over fifteen years in a number of editorial and marketing positions, including for Edible Vancouver and Douglas & McIntyre. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor.

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