Tenth Edition

August 13 to 15, 2021
Delta Calgary South, Calgary, Alberta
August 13 to 15, 2021
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250 days
The Tenth Annual Edition of When Words Collide

When Words Collide 2021 Hidden Art Show

While we are not exactly hidden, we are off the beaten track. We hope you will come find us in the Lake Louise Room on the 2nd floor of the Atrium Building (right above the Merchant's Corner). We have a great line-up of artists for this year, featuring as our unofficial GoH artist.


    The Hidden Art Show is back for another year, and we are open SOON for artists to submit for consideration by our jury.

    Submission Window

    Feb. 15 – Apr. 15, 2021

    Submission Guidelines

    If you are interested in showing your work this year, please email the following details to:

    1. Name and contact information.
    2. Any website, social media, or other links that show us your art or what you're about.
    3. 3-6 images of your art that are in a format and size that we can easily open and view. THESE IMAGES MUST BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ART YOU WOULD SHOW, BUT NEED NOT BE THE EXACT WORK ON DISPLAY IN AUGUST.
    4. Indicate clearly if you are a WWC passholder. We do accept non-passholders, but festival attendees get precedence.
    5. Please confirm that you can commit to one 2-hour shift in the art room over the convention weekend, provide your own display materials (easel, etc.), and set-up and take-down your own display.

    The When Words Collide Hidden Art Show is located on the second floor right above the Merchant's Corner, and runs the same hours. There is a $20 table fee, and a 2-hour shift required. Each artist receives a 6-foot table and table cloth for the three days (Fri-Sun) in a secure room that has at least two monitors at all times. The room is locked when closed. Set-up is Friday 10-1, take down is Sunday 4-6. We request you honour these hours, be set up on time, and keep your work on display until the end of the show. You may also sell your work; there are no commission fees at this time. A log is kept of all sales (cash and credit), and the earnings paid out following the convention minus any card reader fee if applicable.


    Emails received beyond this date will be deleted unopened.

    We look forward to seeing your application!


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    When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry. Would you like to know more?

    250 days until the next price increase

    2021 Registration is 80.8% full

    No banquet tickets for sale.

    The current adult passholder rate is $45 CAD. . You can register on our web page, use our registration form or, in Calgary, stop in at The Sentry Box at 1835 - 10th Avenue SW to purchase your pass.

    If we are sold out in advance, passes will not be available at the door.

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    When Words Collide,
    c/o The Sentry Box,
    1835 - 10th Avenue SW,
    Calgary, Alberta,
    T3C 0K2, Canada.

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