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Grants to British Columbia Writers to Create Works of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama

Individual Arts Grants: Creative Writers


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Funding Source
British Columbia Arts Council (BCAC)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:British Columbia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/06/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,500 and grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia writers and collaborations for literary projects. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for a range of genres, including drama, comic arts, fiction, graphic novels, juvenile, non-fiction, poetry, and spoken word. Funding is provided at Level 1 or Level 2 according to the previous publishing accomplishments of the applicant.

Awards are available to support the creation of new work. Applications may be made by individuals or on behalf of a collaboration of two or more artists sharing creative control of a project. 

Eligibility Criteria - Level 1: To be eligible for a Level One grant, you must have at least one book (minimum 48 pages) published by a professional literary or trade publisher engaging an editorial selection process, and for which you have a publishing contract and receive royalties, OR an equivalent defined as:

  • Fiction and non-fiction: a minimum of 120 pages (estimated 250 words per page) published in professional print or online literary magazines or periodicals, or anthologies published by recognized professional publishing houses, and for which you have received payment.
  • Poetry: 40 pages of poetry published in professional print or online literary magazines or periodicals, or anthologies published by recognized professional publishing houses, and for which you have received payment.
  • Drama: a minimum of two short works or one full-length work professionally produced, published, or publicly workshopped, and for which you have received payment.
  • Spoken word: professional history of recent public performances in dub, sound, or performance poetry, storytelling, ASL poetry, or other performance literature forms for which you have received payment on at least three separate occasions.
  • Graphic novels and comic arts: a minimum of 120 pages published in professional literary magazines or periodicals, or anthologies published by recognized professional publishing houses, and for which you have received payment. Eligible projects include works that are visual in nature; unified in narrative, style, theme, or concept; and intended for professional publication as a book, series of comics, or web comic. Most projects will include text and visual elements. Wordless projects intended primarily for publication, with a strong sequential structure or narrative direction are eligible. Works for all ages are eligible. Both or either the writer and artist may apply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria for this program. 

Eligibility Criteria - Level 2: For awards at Level Two, the applicant must be recognized as a senior artist in their discipline and professional communities, and must have:

  • Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novel/comic arts: at least three books (minimum 48 pages) published by a professional literary or trade publisher, and for which they have publishing contracts and receive royalties.
  • Drama: a minimum of two full-length works professionally produced or published, and for which they have received payment.
  • Spoken word: a significant body of professionally recognized work in dub, sound, or performance poetry, storytelling, ASL poetry, or other performance literature forms for which they have received payment.

Designated Priority Groups:

The BC Arts Council has committed to targeted investment in underserved and equity-deserving organizations and the development of equity support initiatives, including a policy to support designated priority groups. Support for designated priority groups includes funding prioritization, dedicated programs, outreach, and reporting. The BC Arts Council's designated priority groups include applicants and arts and cultural practitioners who are:

  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) Peoples;
  • Deaf or experience disability;
  • Black or people of colour; or
  • Located in areas outside greater Vancouver or the capital region.

Application Assistance:

This program provides funding for support services required to create and submit grant applications, project updates, and final reports for BC Arts Council grants:

Access Support:

This program provides additional funding to support access costs associated with a project funded by a BC Arts Council grant:

For information regarding eligible expenses, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. For more information, review the Determining B.C. Residency page:
- Be a professional literary artist as determined by:
o Having completed appropriate and relevant training in the discipline(s). Training could include education through post-secondary institutions, traditional knowledge transfer, and/or apprenticeship with a qualified practitioner.
o Working at a level that is recognized as professional by other practitioners in a similar discipline and/or by organizations in the discipline, including professional book publishers, literary magazines, recognized literary associations, and specialized presenters such as literary festivals and fairs.
o Having a demonstrated body of work that meets the specific eligibility requirements for either Level One or Level Two, as outlined here:
- Have final creative control over the proposed work;
- Compensate and acknowledge other artists and professionals fairly in keeping with community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice;
- Follow international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols;
- Have completed and submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this grant program; and
- Be applying for either the first or second time with a project; if you have applied twice unsuccessfully for the same project, the proposal must be substantively changed.

Self-published authors are eligible at the appropriate level if they can demonstrate a professional practice as outlined, here:

The work of a co-author of a professionally published book is considered in proportion to the shared authorship. For example, a book co-authored with two other authors is considered to be one-third of a book.

Student or academic publications, including scholarly monographs and articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, may not be used to establish eligibility.

For information regarding ineligible activities, see:

Pre-Application Information
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on October 6, 2023.
Results: February 2024

New applicants: Register and create a profile in the online system. It may take up to five business days to process your registration request. You will receive an email when your registration request is approved and you are able to access the online application.

All applicants are encouraged to confirm eligibility with the Program Advisor prior to applying.

You may submit only one application per intake.

Notification of results is generally 16 weeks after the application submission deadline so plan accordingly if your project is dependent on this grant funding.

How to Apply Online:

Estimated Size of Grant
- Level 1: Up to $7,5000
- Level 2: Up to $15,000

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Michelle Benjamin, Program Officer

For more information or to request assistance, contact:
Nicola Dunne, Accessibility Coordinator

BC Arts Council
1st Floor, 800 Johnson Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1N3
Telephone: 250 356-1718

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