Imprint is an online and print magazine that explores the intersection of faith and culture.
Our goal is to create thoughtful and engaging content for an audience both in and outside of the church. We’re passionate about our city and community, but we also publish content that’s applicable to readers who aren’t local to Toronto.
Imprint features the work of Grace Toronto congregants and friends including reported pieces, personal essays, short works of fiction, poetry, photo essays, art and illustrations.
Imprint is published by Grace Centre for the Arts, a ministry of Grace Toronto Church. The Grace Centre for the Arts (GCA) exists to support artists in the creation of excellent art and to develop aesthetic literacy in local churches.
In partnership with the GCA, Imprint also hosts events and workshops for writers, photographers, and other artists. To learn about events, sign up for the GCA email list.
Interested in contributing to Imprint?
We encourage submissions from all writers and artists—no previous experience required, only a desire to create and a willingness to collaborate. Regular content is published on our website, and we also produce an annual print issue.
What kinds of content are editors publishing in future editions of Imprint?
Content that communicates the concrete, lived experience of our neighbourhood/city
Content that communicates the concrete, lived experience of faith
Content that illuminates the historical realities of our neighbourhood/city
Content that engages a current cultural trend or topic
Content that is story-centric
Content that avoids religious jargon
Content that is beautiful, lyrical, and visual
Content that is clearly expressed
Content that is implicitly infused—in tone and angle—by the gospel of Jesus Christ
How do I pitch an idea to the editors of Imprint?
If you’re interested in pitching for Imprint, you will need to submit a short paragraph explaining your idea. Include a thesis as well as specific ways you intend to develop your thesis throughout the piece. If you intend to interview people or conduct other research, tell us more. If you aim to explore a biblical idea, tell us how you will make your work accessible to people across the spectrum of faith.
Please expect our team of editors to work alongside you, helping you to shape your pitch, develop it, and avoid pitfalls. As part of the ministry of GCA, it’s our goal to help you grow and develop as a writer and artist. If we simply think a pitch won’t work for a specific issue, we’ll let you know up front, explaining why and asking you to pitch us again. *Submissions are accepted on speculation. With permission, we can print previously published pieces or photography.
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org