• Program Type
    Individual Arts Awards
  • Application Deadline
    September 15, 2019
  • Application Type
  • Disciplines


This program assists professional writers with specific creative writing projects.

Eligible genres include drama, fiction, juvenile literature, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word and graphic novels. Awards are available to support the creation of new works or the re-writing of existing unpublished or unproduced projects in any eligible literary form.

Who Can Apply

In order to be eligible for support through this program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and have lived in British Columbia for one year
    immediately prior to application.
  • Be a professional creative writer who has completed all basic training (not necessarily in academic
    institutions), and is not enrolled in full-time studies.
  • Have completed two or more years of artistic practice subsequent to basic training and have had at
    least one book (or equivalent) professionally published, or, in the case of playwrights, at least two short
    works or one full-length work professionally produced, published or publicly workshopped. Spoken
    Word artists must have been paid for public literary performances.
  • Be applying for the first or second time with the same new work, or, if the applicant has applied for the
    same project twice before, have substantively changed the proposal.

For collaborative applications, each individual applicant must meet the eligibility criteria above.

Applicants with overdue final reports to the BC Arts Council are ineligible to apply to this or other Arts Awards or Project Assistance programs until all reporting requirements have been met.

Self-published writers who are accepted as Members of the Writers’ Union of Canada or accepted as full Members of the League of Canadian Poets may now apply to the appropriate level.

Full-time students are not eligible to apply in this program.

All interested applicants should review the program guidelines for further information about specific eligibility criteria related to Level 1 and Level 2.

How to Apply

The application intake opens approximately six weeks before the program deadline.

All applicants, especially those who are new to the program, are urged to discuss their request with the appropriate program officer prior to submission - their contact information can be found on the top right of this page.

Please note that program staff are typically available during regular business hours Monday - Friday. If a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, staff will be unavailable on that day.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually. Please ensure that you download and review the most recent version posted to the website.

Creative Writers Program Guidelines