Friday, December 11, 2009

Attention Writers of the North

Announcing the Writers' Works in Progress Northern Competition.

The OAC Writers' Works in Progress grant (usually $12,000) is the Literature Office's large subsistence grant to professional writers engaged in a book-length literary project. Over the years, the WIP program has supported many established and emerging Ontario writers, and has been the financial foundation for many a published book.

While the program does its job quite well, it has not always been able to attract its fair share of applications from Ontario's northern regions.

In an attempt to address this regional imbalance, the Literature Office has secured an amount of money separate from the regular Works in Progress budget to run a one-year pilot program involving one extra Works in Progress deadline restricted to writers who live and work in Ontario's northern regions.

The deadline for this Northern Competition is January 25, 2010, and grant decisions will be made, and cheques awarded before the end of March 2010.

Full details about the Northern Competition, including application forms, guidelines, and the OAC's defined northern regions -- Northeast Ontario, Northwest Ontario and the Far North -- can be found at this page on the OAC website

Please spread the word on this dedicated deadline to everyone you know living and working in Ontario's North.

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1 comment:

Paul Vermeersch said...

Congratulations, John. This is an important initiative. I wish the council, and the writers, success with it.