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Ontario Arts Council

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Renee Lottridge

Program Administrator
416-969-7440
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7440

Final Report Forms

To report on a project grant received through a paper application process, email finalreport@arts.on.ca to request a final report form, indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.


To report on a project grant you applied for in Nova, complete and submit the report in Nova.

Literary Creation Projects (Works for Publication)

Purpose

The program supports Ontario-based literary artists to complete new works for book-length publication or for public performance, and literary performers who wish to record their own repertoire. There are two components:

Deadline Dates

October 18, 2018, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.
Important: There is a separate deadline on October 25, 2018 for applications for creation and/or recording of literary works for performance.

Grant amount(s)

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

Recent changes

  • Deadlines have changed.
  • There is a separate deadline for applications to create and/or record literary works for performance.

Eligible applicants

You 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
  • at least three traditionally published short stories, comics, poems or other works for which you have received payment. Works can appear in magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies. Contest-winning work is considered publication
  • or
  • 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 your 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 they have 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, you 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 they prefer to be assessed within their application’s literary genre.
  • You may apply for only one Literary Creation Projects grant per year.
  • You may receive only one Literary Creation Projects grant for a particular project.
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

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 you have done as part of your employment may not be used to establish eligibility, unless you are 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 funds

  • creation of original literary work for print or online publication
  • Grants through this program fund the time and activities needed to continue work in progress for the project(s) described in your application. Eligible expenses include:
    • artist fees – payment to yourself for your 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 your 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) 
  • works must be in one of the following genres:
    • comic arts
    • fiction (including novels, novellas, and short stories)
    • literary non-fiction
    • poetry
    • young adult literature (text-based fiction and non-fiction, for middle-grade readers or older)
    • northern writers (writers living in the north and creating in any of the genres above may apply to this grouping for assessment by writers from their communities)
    Note: There are eligibility exceptions to all of the above genres. See Program-Specific Definitions, below.
  • Applications to create and/or record literary works for performance are received at a separate deadline.
  • 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.

This program does not fund

  • writing for film, radio, television, theatre, or interactive digital media
  • manuscript evaluation
  • editorial work undertaken after the manuscript has been submitted to a publisher or agent
  • publication expenses
  • expenses incurred after the publication of a completed work
  • works in languages other than English. Projects in French are funded by the Création littéraire program, and works in Indigenous languages are funded by Indigenous Arts Projects
  • works in other ineligible genres, as listed below under “Program-specific definitions” 

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results
  • the writing period funded by a grant must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results. You may continue to work on your funded manuscript after this date, but your grant must be fully spent by this time.

Important: You are not eligible to apply if you have an overdue or unapproved final report in any OAC grant program as of the deadline. If you are unsure of the due date or status of any final reports, please contact OAC.

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and conditions – receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations.


Important: To report on a project grant received through a paper application process, email finalreport@arts.on.ca to request a final report form, indicating the program for which you are submitting a report. To report on a project grant you applied for in Nova, complete and submit the report in Nova.

Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
  • documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project.
    • This should include samples of OAC logo recognition on any promotional or other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites, or videos/films.
    • This could also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials
  • written, audio, video samples of the work created (optional)

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline


Before applying you must:

Your application includes:

  • basic information about your project
  • your answers to application questions.
  • artistic examples:
    • a manuscript sample (18-21 pages) representing the work for which you are seeking funding. Work previously published in book format may not be used as an artistic example. Manuscripts of text must be in PDF based on an 8.5x11-inch print size, 11-point type, with 1-inch margins. Prose manuscripts must be double-spaced. Poetry manuscripts must be single-spaced. Comic-arts manuscripts should include visual art and may be presented in a format approximating the intended trim or reproduction size of the final work.
  • support documents:
    • a history of your published and/or performed literary work. You may also note key works in other areas of your artistic practice

Program-specific definitions

The following types of work are not eligible:

  • children’s picture books
  • projects for which the author and/or illustrator do not own the intellectual property rights to their characters and/or narrative
  • commissioned adaptations of works in other media
  • play, film, broadcast, or interactive digital media scripts
  • books that are part of educational or academic programs
  • books that are to be ghost-written or for which the author is to be uncredited (including books where the applicant will not be identified as the author under their own name or a pseudonym that they use only for their own work)
  • activity books, directories, index compilations, bibliographies with minimal critical content, travel guidebooks, instruction or self-help books, manuals, cookbooks, exhibition catalogues
  • commissioned industrial or business histories, or commissioned biographies
  • professional reference books aimed at a specialized audience
  • calendars, daybooks, agendas or almanacs or other books with minimal written content, except as provided for in comic arts eligibility criteria
  • books written primarily for an educational or scholarly market
  • manuscripts that are intended for publication in books that will include other authors as well (such as fiction anthologies)

Northern Writers: live in the Far North, Northwest, and Northeast regions of the province. This includes the Manitoulin, Parry Sound and Nipissing districts and all regions north of these districts.