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Literary Creation Projects (Works for Publication)

Grants to Ontario Literary Artists to
Create Works for Online or Print Publication

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Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

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10/22/20 1:00 PM ET


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Grants of $12,000 to Ontario individuals to support the creation of original literary works. Eligible uses of funds include artist fees, research expenses, and editorial expenses. Funding can support literary artists, including northern writers, in genres including fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, comic arts, and young adult literature.

This program funds:

  • Creation of original literary work for print or online publication
  • The time and activities needed to continue work in progress for the project(s) described in the application. Eligible expenses include:
    • Artist fees – payment to applicant for time in working on this project. The program does not fund living and personal expenses – do not include these as the rationale for the calculation of artist fees.
    • Research expenses, including travel and accommodation undertaken in the course of research, purchase of resources, or fees paid to an assistant to undertake research on applicant's behalf.
    • Editorial expenses incurred before the manuscript is submitted to an agent or publisher (note: editorial expenses may not exceed 50% of the awarded grant)
  • Comic arts includes projects that are visual in nature; unified in narrative, style, theme, and/or concept; and intended for professional publication as a book, series of comics, or web comic. Most projects will include both text and visual elements. Wordless projects intended solely or primarily for publication, with a strong sequential structure or narrative direction, are eligible. Works for all ages are eligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186820

Estimated Size of Grant:

Creation of literary works for publication: $12,000. This program does not award partial grants.

Term of Contract:

The writing period funded by a grant must be completed no more than two years after receiving the grant results. Grantees may continue to work on the funded manuscript after this date, but the grant must be fully spent by this time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be an Ontario resident with a permanent physical address in Ontario and must have a recent professional publishing history with:
-At least one traditionally published book (minimum of 48 pages) for which applicant has a publishing contract and receive royalties
-At least three traditionally published short stories, comics, poems or other works for which applicant has received payment. Works can appear in magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies. Contest-winning work is considered publication
-A professional self-publishing practice, demonstrated by either:
-Sales of more than 400 copies of a self-published work of prose or 200 copies of a self-published work of poetry within the 24 months prior to applicant's first application to this program. OAC may request sales records. Sales of ebooks and print books are equally recognized. Sales of print books shorter than 48 pages or ebooks shorter than 16,000 words are not recognized; or
- Voting membership in a recognized professional writers’ association, including but not limited to the Canadian Authors’ Association (professional members only), League of Canadian Poets (full members only), Professional Writers’ Association of Canada (professional members only), and the Writers’ Union of Canada. Full voting membership in other professional writers’ associations, including regional, international, and non-English language groups, may be recognized at the OAC’s discretion. Provide the program officer with membership criteria before the deadline. Professional writers’ associations are incorporated as non-profit organizations and have published membership criteria that are compatible with the OAC’s definition of a professional artist.

Applicants whose professional performance history makes them eligible to apply to Literary Creation Projects: Works for Performance may also apply if there is an eligible project.

Other eligibility requirements:
- In order to apply to the Northern Writers grouping, which is open to all genres of work for publication but limited to northern applicants, applicants must meet all program eligibility criteria and live for at least six months of the year in the Northwestern, Northeastern, or Far North regions of Ontario. Northern applicants may choose to apply to any other program grouping if there is a preference to be assessed within the application’s literary genre.

Ineligible applicants:
- Student or academic publications, including scholarly monographs and articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, may not be used to establish eligibility.
- Work that was done as part of employment may not be used to establish eligibility unless applicant is a professional journalist or a professional writer of narrative content or visual artist/illustrator for the comics, film, television, or interactive digital media sectors.

This program does not fund
- Writing for film, radio, television, theatre, or interactive digital media
- Manuscript evaluation
- Editorial services
- Publication expenses
-Expenses incurred after the recording or publication of a completed work
- Works in languages other than English. Projects in French are funded by the Littérature - projects francophones program, and works in Indigenous languages are funded by Indigenous Arts Projects
- Works in other ineligible genres, as listed below under “Program-specific definitions”
- Creation of audiobooks, documentary recordings of writers performing work originally created for publication, and other types of recording of literature not created in the context of a tradition of literary performance
- Major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Rohana Buzamlak, Program Administrator

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