Thank you for your submissions!


Applications for Ghost Stories YYC Volume 2 are now closed. Thank you to all the applicants for your amazing submissions! We will be jurying the show on the weekend of May 9th, and will announce successful submissions on the following Monday.

Stay safe and healthy everyone!



Ghost Stories YYC is a visual storytelling group art show and publication. Artists who are a part of the project will create work based on a folk tale, urban legend or ghost story of their choosing. It can be an original tale, or one inspired by the countless stories we all share around campfires. If you're a returning artist from previous volumes, maybe you'll even continue a story you started last year.

Instead of an artist statement, each of the creators will instead write a short story based on their work. You may collaborate with a professional writer. There is no minimum length for the story, but it shouldn't be longer than 1500 words - shorter is sweeter, after all. Also, don't limit yourself to prose -  we accept poetry or songs - but you must tell a story.

All mediums are acceptable - painting, sculpture, photography, performance or installation, even toy makers.

You do not have to be a YYC resident in order to apply for this show. We accept artists from all over the globe.

While applications are due on March 31st, contributing artists will have until the first week of August to write their stories and create the work!

Your work will be professionally photographed, and along with your story, will be included in a gallery exhibition. The show happens mid September at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery in Calgary Alberta, Canada, where all the original artwork is for sale with a standard gallery commission. In addition it will be a part of a publication, Ghost Stories YYC Volume 2, a storybook which can be taken home to be read to friends and loved ones.

Interested in the final product? You can download the first 20 pages here.



To apply to the project you must submit the following:

  • A 150 to 300 word story outline or story pitch. We are paying special attention to grammar and punctuation this year. Because this is a project with a large focus on writing, please check your spelling and grammar. Please also indicate if you are collaborating with a writer.

  • A polished CV showing previous exhibition experience and education.

  • A portfolio of at least 5 images showing your best work. These must be at a resolution of at least 1920px wide.

  • A 25$ application fee.

A jury consisting of both artists and writers will critique your application through a blind grading process - your names will be hidden from them during the jury session. Applications are weighted in 4 areas: Control of Medium, Composition, How Well The Work Lends Itself To Narrative (or the specific narrative you wish to tell), and your Story Pitch. Please keep these in mind when putting together your application.


With Ghost Stories YYC, we are building a community of artists and creators. In addition to a private Facebook group where we can all meet and correspond with each other, you can take part in optional group meet ups, special figure drawing and art making sessions, as well as story sharing groups and writing workshops around a fire pit. We're striving to bring together a welcoming and warm community of artists in order to create long lasting connections outside of the Ghost Stories YYC project.