The Great Canadian Magazine PitchFest

Like speed dating for magazine professionals, this two-part event offers freelancers practical training before sending them into a (virtual) room with editors of Canada’s best magazines for a chance to wow them with story ideas

Registration for PitchFest is full. Email us to add yourself to the waiting list in case someone drops out.

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Part One: Fri. Oct. 22, 2–4pm MT (4–6pm ET)
Part Two: Fri. Oct. 29, 12–4pm MT (2–6pm ET)

Are you an industrious writer with more story ideas to pitch than time to pitch them? Are you a talented new journalist unsure how to reach the right editors?

In partnership with the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA), Pandemic University is pleased to present The Great Canadian PitchFest, a two-part professional development event on Zoom designed for Canadian freelancers and magazine editors to test the waters on potential articles. Like speed dating for magazine professionals, PitchFest puts you in a virtual room with up to sixteen editors of Canada’s best magazines, and offers practical training on freelancer best practices and ethics.

Neatly organized to provide you with a dossier containing specific requests and submission guidelines ahead of the event, plus a guided “greenroom” conversation in between pitching sessions, PitchFest promises to set up writers for success.

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Fri., Oct. 22nd, 4–6pm Eastern (2–4pm Mountain): Writers will learn from a seasoned panel, including Maclean’s staff writer Jason Markusoff, editors Rachel Giese of Xtra Magazine and Steven Sandor of Edify. Moderated by full-time freelance journalist Omar Mouallem, the conversation will cover best practices and ethics for emerging and experienced writers alike, with ample time for Q&A.

Fri. Oct. 29th, 2–6pm Eastern (12–4pm Mountain): It’s pitch time! You’ll rotate through break-out rooms with the editors you selected during registration, each giving you ~15 minutes to wow them with stories, or simply learn more about what they’re specifically looking for from future articles.

Participating Magazines
  • Avenue Calgary
  • Birthing Magazine
  • Calgary’s Child
  • Chatelaine
  • Cottage Life
  • Culinaire
  • Edify (formerly Avenue Edmonton)
  • enRoute
  • GrainsWest
  • Hakai
  • Quench
  • The Tomato Food and Drink
  • Toronto Life
  • The Walrus
  • Xtra

After registering through AMPA’s website, you’ll receive a PDF document  that includes:

  • the virtual events’ access information (Zoom meeting ID and password)
  • tips and prerecorded webinar for pitching to magazines
  • submission guidelines/requests from participating magazines.

You’ll also be invited to complete a form to select which magazines you plan to pitch (deadline for completion is Oct. 14th).


The event is open to Canadian writers with varied professional experiences. Though we encourage writers with some experience with journalism and freelance writing etiquette, it is not a requirement. All registrants will be provided professional training opportunities through a pitching booklet delivered after check-out and a live webinar (held Oct. 22nd) on best practices and ethics.


Pandemic University is committed to offering a fulfilling and inclusive education. Classes are held via Zoom with Closed Captioning features enabled through auto-transcription technology. A teaching assistant will be present to correct transcription mistakes and assist in other ways. The course includes workshops and class discussions, thus students are required to participate through audio; accommodations can be made for people with speaking or other disabilities if they inform us ahead of schedule. Video is encouraged of all students in order to optimize everyone’s virtual classroom experience.

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