Type of Program:



The program supports Ontario writers in the creation of new work and creates and strengthens connections between Ontario writers, publishers, and literary organizations.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is between $1,500 and $5,000.
Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

When It Ends:

Closed for 2021-2022


January 14, 2022


Applicants must be an Ontario resident with a permanent physical address in Ontario and have a recent professional publishing history with, at least:

  • one traditionally published book (minimum of 48 pages) for which you have a publishing contract and receive royalties; or
  • three traditionally published short stories, comics, poems or other works for which they have received payment. Works can appear in magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies. Contest-winning work is considered publication; or
  • three years' professional presentation of comics work through work-for-hire creation jobs (editorial cartooning, creation for commercial comics franchises), sales at curated comics festivals, or gallery exhibitions; or
  • two recent production writing credits for non-text media (radio, television, film, interactive digital media, and theatre).

Applications Steps:


Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, applicants must create or update their profile in Nova.

Documentation Needed:

The application must include:

  1. 1
    basic information about the project
  2. 2
    answers to the questions in the application: split into questions about artistic merit, impact and visibility.
  3. 3
    name of recommender
  4. 4
    artistic examples as required by the recommender theatre company: up to 10 pages of their recent literary work, preferably including an excerpt from the work for which they are seeking support
  5. 5
    support documents: a résumé of up to three pages summarizing their published and/or performed literary work. Applicants may also note key works in other areas of their artistic practice.

Other Things to Note:

This program runs from September 1, 2021 to January 14, 2022. OAC does not set deadlines in this program. Recommenders set their own schedules for review of applications.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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