Applicants must be Ontario residents 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 the applicant has a publishing contract and receive royalties; or
- At least three traditionally published short stories, comics, poems or other works for which the applicant has received payment. Works can appear in magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies. Contest-winning work is considered publication; or
- At least 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
- At least two recent production writing credits for non-text media (radio, television, film, interactive digital media, and theatre).
Additional eligibility requirements: https://www.arts.on.ca/grants/general-granting-information/guide-to-oac-project-programs#eligibility-requirements
If applicants have a conflict of interest with a particular recommender they may not apply to that recommender. Conflicts of interest include:
- Anyone who is an intern, volunteer, employee, publisher, editor, board member (including governance, advisory, and editorial boards), or director of a recommending organization.
- Anyone who has served as contract or permanent staff of a recommending organization, or has served on the board of that organization, within the last year.
- Immediate family members of anyone described above.
- Any writer described above may not make and receive a recommendation from another writer/recommender in the same program cycle; reciprocal recommendations are not allowed.
- 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.
- Projects that are written primarily for an educational or scholarly market or are part of educational or academic programs, including textbooks and curriculum materials.
- Projects 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 materials, manuals, cookbooks, exhibition catalogues.
- Commissioned industrial or business histories, or commissioned biographies.
- Professional reference materials aimed at a specialized audience.
- Calendars, daybooks, agendas or almanacs or other projects with minimal written content, except as provided for in eligibility criteria for comics.
- Ad-hoc groups/collectives.
- Non-professional applicants.
- Applicants with a conflict of interest with a specific recommender may not apply to that recommender. See "Conflict of interest" under "Program-specific definitions" for details.
- Student or academic publications, including scholarly monographs and articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, may not be used to establish eligibility.
- Self-published work may not be used to establish eligibility.
- Work that you was done as part of employment may not be used to establish eligibility, unless the applicant is 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 does not fund:
- Writing for film, radio, television, theatre or interactive digital media.
- Manuscript evaluation.
- Editorial services.
- Publication expenses.
- Expenses incurred after the publication of a completed work.
- Works in languages other than English.
- Works in other ineligible genres