• Program Type
    Individual Arts Awards
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2021
  • Application Type
  • Disciplines


Project Assistance: Creative Writers supports professional writers in the creation of specific literary projects. Eligible genres include drama, fiction, graphic novels, juvenile, non-fiction, poetry, and spoken word.

Awards are available to support the creation of new work or the re-writing of an unpublished and unproduced manuscripts. Applications may be made by individuals or on behalf of a collaboration of two or more writers sharing creative control or authorship of a project. Funding is provided at Level One or Level Two according to the previous publishing accomplishments of the applicant.

COVID-19 & the BC Arts Council

We remain committed to supporting B.C.’s artists and cultural organizations through this difficult time. Funded activities may need to make adaptations to comply with relevant public health orders, including those regarding gatherings and travel.

The most up-to-date information will always be posted on our dedicated COVID-19 Update page and individual pages for programs open for intake. Updates will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who Can Apply

To demonstrate professional status, an applicant must:

  • Have completed appropriate and relevant training to work within the discipline(s) at a level that would be recognized as professional by other practitioners working in similar disciplines. This training could include education through post-secondary institutions, traditional knowledge transfer, and/or apprenticeship with a qualified practitioner.
  • Have a minimum of two years of professional practice in their field, following basic training.
  • Have a demonstrated body of work (see below for specific requirements).

To be eligible, an applicant must also:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C. For more information, see Determining B.C. Residency page.
  • Compensate artists and arts, museums, and culture practitioners fairly in keeping with community contexts and industry standards within the field of practice including adhering to international intellectual property rights standards and cultural ownership protocols.
  • Have submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants by the submission deadline for this program.
  • Have final creative control over the proposed work.
  • Be applying for either the first or second time with a project; if the applicant has applied twice unsuccessfully for the same project, the proposal must be substantively changed.

For collaborative applications, each participant in the collaboration must meet the eligibility criteria.

Self-published writers who have been accepted as Members of The Writers’ Union of Canada or as Full Members of the League of Canadian Poets may apply.

The work of a co-author of a professionally published book is considered in proportion to the shared authorship. For example, a book co-authored with two other authors is considered one-third of a book.

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

How to Apply

Applicants must be registered in the BCAC online grant application system. It is  recommended to read the entire How to Apply Online before starting this process.

Registration requests, once completed in the online system, can take up to 4 business days to be approved by BCAC staff.

Applicants must submit a complete online application, including all requested information and support material. All support material must be submitted via the online system unless otherwise indicated.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure applications are complete and all necessary elements are included. The BC Arts Council will not contact applicants to address errors or missing application requirements, including support material. Eligible applications and any supporting material will be assessed as they have been submitted.

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.

You can access the main log in page of the BCAC Online Grant Application System by clicking the Apply Now button at the bottom of this webpage, when it's available.

Program Guidelines

Program guidelines are revised annually.

2021 program guidelines 

Preview of the online application form