The Riddle Fence podcast has been created in partnership with CHMR-FM and features readings and interviews by issue contributors. Each podcast episode will be introduced by a Riddle Fence BOD member who will also choose the RF hot track from our local music community. Our inaugural spring issue episode host is BOD member Chrissy Dicks. Featured contributors in this podcast include Lily Taylor, Eva Crocker, Janine McGillivray, and Paul Moffatt! This episode's hot track is by Cuerpos. Take a listen!

Riddle Fence is Newfoundland and Labrador's independent arts and culture journal! 


Summary: Part time, 8 week contract to manage the day-to-day/week-to-week production of Riddle Fence Arts and Culture Journal for the upcoming Spring Issue (#32). There is the possibility, after an evaluation period, of expanding the contract to repeat 3 times each year (8 weeks for producing each issue).

Compensation: $1600 for the 8 week contract. (Based on 10 hrs/ week at $20/hr).

Work hours: This is a contract to complete the task of managing production of one issue of Riddle Fence. The hours in a given day/week may vary. The Production Manager (PM) will be expected to execute tasks to deadline in whatever time that takes, but it is not estimated to take more than 10 hours per week. There are no set “office hours,” but during this 8 week period the successful applicant will respond to all relevant communications in a timely manner (usually within 1 day or less). PM will keep track of their hours (this will help in the evaluation process of this new position upon completion of the contract.)


Oversee all aspects of production related to Issue 32.

Hub of communication between all members of the production team: content editors, graphic designer, copy editor, printers and the Executive Director. 

Attend any relevant meetings.

The PM will answer to the Board of Directors and should expect active support from the board, but the PM will manage their own time and have a high degree of autonomy on a day-to-day basis. 

Support the production team in all their various tasks and keep each one on deadline.

Move content through production from editors to design/copy-editing to printing and through distribution.

Contact contributors, collect contracts/bios/contact info.

Choose pull quotes from copy. 

Check proofs during both copy-editing and printing processes.

Maintain/update/check subscription roll spreadsheets. 

Keep log of how/how many hours spent on tasks. (This is not for micromanaging the PM through the contract but for helping to evaluate and improve the position for the future once the contract is complete)

Identify and solicit potential advertisers; maintain relationships with current/potential advertisers.

Support the Executive Director in marketing the issue and in preparations for the issue launch event.


Communication: You will wish you were herding cats. Instead you will be herding artists, writers, freelancers and volunteers. You must not only answer your emails/messages, you must somehow divine how to get these other overworked and oft else-where focused individuals to answer their emails/messages. A sense of camaraderie, humility and humour may be as helpful as a sense of duty. They will all have deadlines, but only you will be accountable for those deadlines. You have to kick everyone’s behind and ensure they happy to do it all over again in a few months. You must also speak/write clearly and appropriately for your audience and you must read emails all the way to the end.

Acute Awareness of the Passage of Time: Did we mention deadlines are important? 

Attention to detail: There may be many “a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip” but there are many more slips between the handoffs of each limb of a production team. Imagine your feet must do something that feet are really good at, like walking, yay! But then those feet must hand off a hard copy of those steps taken to the hands, who will knit a cozy for that step-tally. You know what feet aren’t good at? Writing things or handing things. And so it goes. The PM will understand the vision of the final product and bring out the best in each limb, while smoothing wrinkles and putting saucers under cups at each stage. 

Flexibility and Problem Solving: Things go wrong. Contributors drop off the face of email and write their own phone numbers incorrectly and have to be tracked down via their weird twitter aliases to make sure contracts get signed and artists get paid. Printers suddenly insist that the exact same size file they have been printing for years now, somehow fits differently on the same paper and printing is delayed as you track down the designer to confirm that is bogus, and then find the original price estimates from the printer and then get all these elements together in 6 hrs even though one person only responds via messenger and the printer’s middle man prefers phone calls and no one is ever allowed to speak directly to the person at the print machine because that would be too easy. Remember, your job will be to deliver a gorgeous journal on an agreed upon day. How you do it may look like magical ballet or the kitchen of the only diner in town at rush hour, but as long as the soup reaches the table tasting “like store bought,” the audience cheers, and the wait staff and dancers are all convinced they are the ones responsible for the success and clamour to come back next time, then you just may be our Production Manager! If you can do all this and enjoy it, well… welcome to the club!!!

Relevant work experience/education:

1+ years in either Arts Administration or Publishing, 

Communications, marketing, and ad sales experience a major plus.

Bachelor’s Degree relevant to writing/communication (or proof you can write and communicate effectively in a wide variety of contexts).

Bartending (who better knows how to hear individuals through chaos, keep everyone happy, and maintain a sense of self/focus?

Send expressions of interest and/or CV to

Deadline: February 4th , 2019 

Sectoral arts organizations collectively highlight importance and economic impact of our diverse arts and cultural industry.


Consortium gathered to identify key common messages, and call for professional artists and groups to stand with public to protect investment in arts and culture

February 18, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) – The provincial sectoral organizations representing visual art, music, film and television, dance, writing, publishing, theatre, and craft recently met in response to the ongoing government renewal initiative. The groups gathered to share their collective experiences with one another, having attended public engagement sessions, and to outline a series of key points on the importance of the arts and cultural sector.

Each sectoral organization’s executive director or designate presented the points they had made during the public engagement sessions they attended. Professional artists who are members of the organizations also attended the sessions to echo the importance and value of the arts and cultural sector in general, and as an economic driver.

Many highlighted the fact that financial investment in the arts and cultural sector is already low, especially when compared to similarly sized populations, and the impact of the professional output of the arts and cultural sector goes far beyond that investment in terms of returned provincial revenue.

Given how strategically stretched existing budgets in the arts and cultural sector already are, any further reductions would inevitably result in a spike of out-migration that would swiftly shrink our provincial professional artistic talent, drying up Newfoundland and Labrador cultural identity.

Emerging artistic talent must be nurtured in this province, otherwise those professionals will shift to other parts of Canada and the world where they will be supported with a network of people and resources that recognize and understand their significant value to industry development and society as a whole.

Emerging and established artistic professionals charged with the preservation, creation, and appreciation of Newfoundland and Labrador culture at home and abroad will move on to other places and fulfill those roles elsewhere – contributing to the growth of industry in other jurisdictions.

The export and recognition of Newfoundland and Labrador artistic talent has an indelible effect on our province’s tourism industry, which as of 2011 was worth over $1 billion according to the provincial government. As of 2010, the Department of Finance estimated that tourism activity supported $204 million in labour income (or 1.8% of all provincial labour income for that year) for 10,760 people. Much of that tourism industry activity is catalyzed by the hard work and efforts of the arts and culture sector.

One of the reasons people come to Newfoundland and Labrador is because they read about it in a book, saw it on the big screen or television, enjoyed visual exhibitions or music by its artists, or saw a stage show about it in another country. All of that professional artistic content needs to be conceived, workshopped, created, and ultimately produced in a final version before distribution or export.

Once that arts and cultural product is out, it works for Newfoundland and Labrador – attracting local populations to explore new parts of the province, many others from afar to discover it, and assisting corporations in attracting and retaining professionals in various industry sectors.

The sectoral organizations support large memberships as they strive to create and share their artistic work, and agencies like ArtsNL are the research and development arm for our arts and cultural sector.

If sectoral organizations and ArtsNL are ill-equipped to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts, then a constantly renewable resource’s potential will be limited and wither, leaving potential revenue and growth within other sectors stunted as a result.

The arts and cultural sector also has strong connections with sectors such as health and business. Partnerships that see arts-based creative and innovative approaches to team building, increased productivity, and sound management in the corporate community already exist. There are direct connections between an individual’s quality of life and their health, both mental and physical, relative to their level of engagement with the arts. When the general public interacts with artistic content, it leads to a happier, healthier community and a stronger sense of identity.

The arts and cultural sector is a driver of provincial economic activity and revenue, and an industry in and of itself. An industry that is labour intensive, provides opportunity for youth, and creates job diversification in the province.

The consortium of provincial sectoral organizations calls upon their collective membership in partnership with the public to ensure these seven key points are brought to the forefront as the government renewal initiative continues to unfold:

1. Financial investment in the arts and cultural sector is already low and the impact of the professional work and output of the arts and cultural sector goes far beyond that investment in terms of returned provincial revenue.
2. Retention of our province’s arts and cultural professionals, especially young emerging artists, is necessary to further economic development.
3. Leveraging organizational partnerships is important.
4. Export and recognition of Newfoundland and Labrador artistic talent and the impact it has on supplementing tourism is directly tied to the level of revenue tourism generates for the province.
5. Links between the arts and cultural sector and other sectors can and should be made to improve levels of efficiency and success in those other sectors.
6. Dollars directed to the arts and cultural sector are investments.
7. ArtsNL is the research and development agency for the arts and cultural sector. 
(And, in the case of music, MusicNL)



These key points should be communicated to government representatives, and in response to the renewal strategy’s opportunities for feedback whenever possible. Members of the provincial sectoral organizations and the general public are encouraged to visit for information on how to forward their concerns that the arts and cultural sector be protected, or email, call 1-844-805-3494, tweet @OPE_GovNL, or contact their MHA directly.

Media enquiries:

Dave Andrews, Executive Director
Phone: (709) 738-7303

Megan Coles
Publishers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Phone: (709) 743-0585

Alison Dyer, Executive Director
Writers Alliance of Newfoundland
and Labrador
Phone: (709) 739-5215

Patrick Foran
Association of Professional Theatres of Newfoundland and Labrador
Phone: (709) 693-0224

Anne Manuel, Executive Director
Craft Council of Newfoundland
and Labrador
Phone: (709) 753-2749

Jennice Ripley
Producers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative
Phone: (709) 727-6045

Rebekah Robbins, Program and Communications Officer
Phone: (709) 754-2574

Sharon King-Campbell, 
Executive Director
Phone: (709) 743-4130


RIDDLE FENCE PUBLISHING INC. seeks a new Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the promotion and sale of Riddle Fence journal, for coordinating the organization's various fundraising activities, and for the general business management of Riddle Fence Publishing Inc. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will identify and pursue new promotional venues and maintain current venues. S/he is responsible for maintaining Riddle Fence Publishing Inc.’s financial records and its subscription database, for selling advertising, and for expanding the journal’s subscription base. The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining communication with the members of the Board of Directors, and for managing Riddle Fence, its employees and volunteer editors. S/he will oversee the workflow of the journal, act as liaison between volunteer editors and managing editor, and ensures a working editorial board is in place.


This position is currently half time (20 hours/week).

Applications should be received by December 31, 2015.

Send WORD or PDF files with covering letter to:

Riddle Fence has come of age!

And we’re celebrating issue 21 with a 21 day subscription drive. Every day from 01.10.15 to 21.10.15, we will announce a new prize right here on the Interwebs. Buy a subscription to ensure you are eligible to win all 21 prizes. That’s correct. 1 lucky subscriber will be awarded all the loot on 22.10.15. Ba bam! So let’s get started.

01.10.15 | Joel Plaskett Tickets | ACC | Value $70


See contest details for more information.

Here comes Issue 20!

We want you to join us on Sunday, May 10th at Gallery 24 from 5 p.m. to 7p.m.
71 Casey Street - Get Directions

Issue 20 is hot off the presses, and we are overjoyed to bring you a night of songs, stories, drinks, dancing, and merchandise to mark its release.

Music from Ian Foster

Readings from author Craig Francis Power

Hosted by George Murray, Poet Laureate

This issue is chock full of amazing local, national, and international artists, poets and authors. Our printers are hard pressed to fit it all in!


Riddle Fence Nominates Tracey Waddleton for National Short Story Award

The editors of Riddle Fence magazine have nominated "Old Ben Walsh" by Tracey Waddleton for the 2015 Journey Prize for short fiction.

The story, about a young woman trying to cope with the aftermath of sexual abuse, appears in Riddle Fence #18.

In an appreciation of the story, editor Alexandra Gilbert writes that it powerfully explores "the way in which trauma is sublimated when victims are ignored, how it is destined to reappear in some very ugly ways if it is not confronted."

Tracey Waddleton lives in St. John's, and is working on a debut story collection, Send More Tourists, the Last Ones Were Delicious

The Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to a new and developing writer for a short story published in a Canadian literary publication. The 2015 winner will be announced next fall.

Subscribe to Riddle Fence by visiting our Subscription Page.

Cover Art Contest!


Announcing the Riddle Fence Cover Contest Sponsored by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Arts

Riddle Fence Publishing Inc. is holding its first cover contest, sponsored exclusively by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art.


The winning pieces will be published in Riddle Fence #20, Winter 2015.

The first place winner’s art will be featured on the front and back cover of the journal and they will receive a one-year subscription (3 issues) to Riddle Fence, be featured in an article inside #20, and will receive $500.

The second place winner’s art will be featured on a full-page inside the journal and the third place finalist’s work will be on a half-page.


Images entered in the contest must be unpublished and not submitted to any other publication or contest until the close of the WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED contest (February 28th, 2015). Contest is open to all artists aged 19 or older, anywhere fine artmaking is done. There is a minimum of two (2) entries and a maximum of five (5) entries per participant. Images must be 300dpi and at least 2400x3000pxls. Images can be black & white or colour. Images will be judged blind, so include the title of your work, but NOT the artist’s name or any revealing data on the image itself. Include a cover letter or cover email with your name, mailing address, phone number, title, medium, dimensions (inches), year, a short biography (3-5 sentences), and a short paragraph about the work (3-5 sentences). We accept a variety of art media including painting, drawing, print making, sculpture, photography, installation images, performance and video stills. Do not send originals. Work will not be returned. Riddle Fence Art Editors, Candace Fulford, Mike Gough, and Hillary Winter will judge the contest.

Entry fee (including a one-year subscription to Riddle Fence, 3 issues): $50 in Canada; $55 elsewhere. Outside Canada, please send a money order in Canadian funds for $55CAD. Already receiving Riddle Fence? Let us know in your cover letter/email whether you want to extend or give this subscription as a gift.

Contest opens September 18, 2014. Contest closes February 28, 2015. 

Artists are being asked to email their dazzling work to or mail it to: Riddle Fence, PO Box 7092, St. John's, NL A1E 3Y3

Artwork will not be returned. Do not mail originals.

Past Riddle Fence cover artists: Scott Walden, Michael Pittman, John Haney, Jennifer Barrett, Terrence Howell, Grant Boland, Gerri-Lynn Mackey, Kevin Yates, Peter Wilkins, Kym Greeley, Dave Sheppard, Graham Blair, Ned Pratt, Jennah Turpin, Will Gill, Kathy Oke, and Andrea Cooper

 Thank you and good luck!


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