Toronto Arts Council (TAC) – Literary Arts Writers Program (2022)


Toronto Arts Council (TAC) Writers Program supports the creation of new literary works or works-in-progress in the genres of fiction (including novels, short stories, children’s literature, graphic novels, etc.), literary non-fiction, poetry and oral traditions such as storytelling, dub, rap and spoken-word.

The program provides two levels of support for writers: Level one for writers in the early stages of their career and Level two for writers with an established writing career.

Comments on Funding:

Funding for Level one is $5,000.
Funding for Level two is $10,000.

A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project.

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Application Support Service Providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year. 


Applicants must:

  • be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant) and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
  • be current residents of the City of Toronto and must have lived in the City for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
  • write their projects in English or French or other languages, if the writing sample is accompanied by an accurate English translation.
  • be published by a professional publisher. Only publishers that have an independent editorial selection process are considered professional.
  • Level One – Applicants must have a minimum of one professionally published work to their credit (i.e. one article, poem or short story). Those with one or more professionally published books must apply in the Level Two category. Artists working with oral traditions must have a history of public performance.
  • Level Two – Applicants must have a minimum of one of the following:
  • 1 professionally published book;
  • 20 pages of published poems;
  • 60 pages of short stories, articles or non-fiction published in literary magazines, periodicals or anthologies;
  • Artists working with oral traditions must have a substantial history of public performance and be recognized as established artists by their peers.

Applicants may submit an application to either the Playwrights or the Writers Program, but not to both. Applicants may apply for funding for only one project per deadline. Applicants may receive a grant through TAC’s Playwrights or Writers Program only once every two years. Those who received a grant in 2020 are not eligible in 2021 but may reapply in 2022.

Documentation Needed:

Program guidelines will be added approximately 3 months before the deadline date.

Other Things to Note:

Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant (up to $5,000) by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget.

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