Literary Readings and Residencies Program: Literary Readings

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Deadline(s)

1 September
1 March
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Eligibility

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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 417.8 KB].

Program Description

The Literary Readings and Residencies Program has two components:

  • Literary Readings
  • Writer Residencies.

The Residencies component has separate guidelines and forms.

The Literary Readings component provides financial assistance to organizations that wish to invite writers to give public readings. The purpose is to promote published books of writers and to give audiences across Canada greater access to writers and Canadian literature.

Deadline(s)

1 September: For readings taking place between 1 January and 31 December

1 March: For readings taking place between 1 July and 30 June

Organizations hosting readings may apply to both competitions for a period of six months each. Organizations planning activities spanning the 12-month periods indicated above may apply to only one competition.

If either of these dates falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.

Grant Amount

A reading series may include one or more of the following options:

A)    For one or two full readings per writer

The Canada Council will fund up to two full readings by the same writer per day, provided these readings are held at different venues and reach a different public.

Writer’s honoraria: $250 for each reading
Travel allocation: A maximum of $400 per reading.

B) For two or four joint readings per writer

The Canada Council will fund four joint readings by the same writer per day, provided two of the four readings are held at different venues and reach a different public.

Writer’s honoraria:$125 for each reading
Travel allocation: A maximum of $300 for two joint readings and
                             up to $600 for four joint readings.

C) For three full readings OR up to six joint readings per writer

Travel allocation breakdown (for three full readings):

1st reading – $400

2nd reading –$400

3rd reading –$300

Total maximum of $1,100

Travel allocation breakdown (for six joint readings):

2 readings – $300

2 readings – $300

2 readings – $200

Total maximum of $800

D) For readings tours

A host organization may collaborate with other local, regional or provincial literary or non-literary organizations to create a tour for one or more writers.

Full readings tours:

Four or more full readings by a writer are considered a tour.

Writer’s honoraria: $250 for each reading
Tour allocation: For each reading tour of four or more full readings per writer, with a maximum of two readings per day, a total of up to $1,400 may be requested for travel expenses, per diem and accommodation.

Joint readings tours:

Eight or more joint readings by a minimum of two writers is considered a tour.
Writer’s honoraria: $125 for each reading
Tour allocation: For a maximum of two joint readings per day, a host organization may request a total of up to $1,000 that includes per diem and accommodation expenses related to the tour.

NOTE

For travel to and from remote, Northern and small communities, a host organization may request up to double the travel maximums when it organizes a minimum of three full readings or six joint readings for the same writer. It must also provide an explanation with the reasons for the request.

For writers who travel to and from official language minority communities, a host organization may request an additional 20% of the total cost of a reading to help offset additional travel costs or supplement honoraria as required.

The Canada Council may also contribute toward specific access-related service and support expenses for writers who are Deaf or have disabilities, to participate in reading tours.

Eligibility

Eligible hosts of literary readings

Canadian organizations such as public libraries, writers’ associations, post-secondary institutions, literary national arts service organizations for writers, bookstores and non-literary organizations such as community centres are eligible to this program. Applicants that intend to host four or more full readings (or a mix of full and joint readings) may apply for a grant to invite writers to their region.

Eligible writers

  • Invited writers must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • Writers must have professionally published at least one eligible book before the application deadline.
  • Illustrators of children’s books are eligible provided they have illustrated the complete text of an eligible book.
  • Literary translators are eligible provided they give a joint reading with the original writer of an eligible translated book.

Eligible books and genres

An eligible book is one that the writer has written in one or more of the following literary genres: novels, short stories, poetry, drama, children’s and young adults’ literature, graphic novels or literary non-fiction.

Further Information

Chris Toner
Program Officer
Writing and Publishing Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4569

TTY: 1-866-585-5559