Dr. MacEwan Literary Arts Scholarship Guidelines

Application Deadline: May 1

Applications for this scholarship are made online through the Grants Application Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) application system. To make an application, you will require a GATE User ID and Password. Please email us at least five business days prior to the application deadline with the following information:

  1. your legal name
  2. the scholarship you are applying for
  3. your email address

Late or incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible. For help with this application call 780.427.9968 or toll free 310.0000 during regular business hours before the application deadline.

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  1. Introduction and Purpose
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Scholarship Conditions
  4. Application Requirements
  5. Assessment
  6. Assistance
 
 

1. Introduction and Purpose

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Dr. MacEwan Literary Arts Scholarship is integral to the AFA’s support of The Spirit of Alberta, Alberta’s cultural policy.

The Dr. MacEwan Literary Arts Scholarship program was created by the Government of Alberta to provide a legacy for noted author and former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Dr. Grant MacEwan. In addition to his extensive public service, Dr. MacEwan wrote more than fifty books on subjects that included nature, folklore, agriculture, politics, environment, literature, history and the people of Alberta. One scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a young Albertan writer who shows extraordinary talent in an eligible literary genre and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals. .

 

 

2. Eligibility Criteria

2.1 In order to be eligible for a project grant, applicants must be:

  • residents of Alberta. For the purposes of this program, a resident is a person:
    • legally entitled to be or remain in Canada; and,
    • who has had his or her primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying to this grant stream.
  • 25 years of age or younger on the May 1 deadline.

2.2 Eligible writing submissions that will be accepted for assessment of artistic merit are the following: short fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, stage play, radio play, and comic book / graphic novel script. Please note:

  • Literary non-fiction is a form of non-fiction that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work factually true and artistically elegant. Eligible works of literary non-fiction are the following written in a personal, identifiable voice: history; narrative journalism; memoir; personal essays; and travel writing.
  • A comic book / graphic novel script is a text-only excerpt from a projected book-length narrative that will use a combination of words and sequential art in experimental or traditional comic format. The script should include the sequence narration, panel descriptions, art notes and concepts (but not the art), dialogue, as well as a prefatory plot summary.
  • Writing submissions must be original and written solely by the applicant. Any application that includes a writing submission that is not original, plagiarized, or violates the Copyright Act of Canada will be ineligible.

2.3  Eligible writing programs that will be accepted for assessment of educational or training merit are the following:

  • any level of undergraduate studies with a minor or major in literary arts or creative writing; or
  • a recognized program or appropriate mentorship, workshop, master class, or course with a focus on literary arts/creative writing.Graduate programs or their equivalent are ineligible for consideration.

2.4 For the purposes of this scholarship program:

    • Eligible creative writing submissions that will be accepted for assessment of artistic merit are the following: short fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, stage play, radio play, and comic book / graphic novel script. Please note:
      • Literary non-fiction is a form of non-fiction that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work factually true and artistically elegant. Eligible works of literary non-fiction are the following written in a personal, identifiable voice: history; narrative journalism; memoir; personal essays; and travel writing.
      • A comic book / graphic novel script is a text-only excerpt from a projected book-length narrative that will use a combination of words and sequential art in experimental or traditional comic format. The script should include the sequence narration, panel descriptions, art notes and concepts (but not the art), dialogue, as well as a prefatory plot summary.
      • Creative writing submissions must be original and written solely by the applicant. Any application that includes a creative writing submission that is not original, plagiarized, or violates the Copyright Act of Canada will be ineligible.
    • Eligible creative writing programs that will be accepted for assessment of educational or training merit are the following:
      • any level of undergraduate studies with a minor or major in creative writing; or
      • a recognized program or appropriate mentorship, workshop, master class, or course with a focus on creative writing.
    • Graduate programs or their equivalent are ineligible for consideration. .
 

 

3. Scholarship Conditions

3.1 The scholarship will only be granted if the successful applicant can prove enrollment in an acceptable program as defined in section 2.1b and as identified in the applicant's scholarship application. Failure to prove enrollment within 60 days of the award date may result in cancellation of the scholarship. .

 

 

4. Application Requirements

Applications for this scholarship are managed through the GATE online application system. To obtain a GATE user ID and password, please email the AFA a minimum of five business days prior to the application deadline. Once assigned, this user ID and password will allow access to GATE for this and future applications to the AFA.

Note: Each component identified below must be submitted to the AFA in the noted manner – online forms or attachments. Attachments must be uploaded to the GATE system to complete the application. See Application User Guide for more information.(coming soon)

In the Applicant Profile:

4.1 Current, complete contact information for the primary applicant (GATE online form).

In the Scholarship Application:

4.2 Confirmation of Alberta residency and applicant status (GATE online form). If the Applicant is under the age of 18 years at the time of application, the following requirements must be met:

  • a parent or legal guardian must e-sign the Application Form and Applicant Agreement as the designate for the grant; and,
  • the designate is responsible for the following:

i. the completeness and accuracy of the application in full

ii. receipt and use of scholarship funds

iii. serving as contact person for any inquiries relating to the grant.

4.3 A brief project description, indicating the name of the educational program and project start and end dates (GATE online form).

4.4 A completed Applicant Agreement including the e-signature of the primary applicant or designate (GATE online form).

4.5 A resume or curriculum vitae of no more than two pages in length that focuses on the applicant's artistic activity (upload attachment).

4.6 A letter by the applicant (upload attachment), of no more than two pages in length that:

  • introduces the applicant and outlines her/his previous experience in the literary arts;
  • outlines the applicant's interest in the literary arts;
  • describes how the applicant will use the scholarship to develop her/his literary arts practice should the application be successful; and
  • introduces the applicant's writing sample submission.

4.7  A scanned copy of one of the following to provide legal proof of age (upload attachment):

  • certificate of birth;
  • driver’s licence
  • passport; or
  • certificate of Canadian citizenship

4.8 A detailed description of the applicant's chosen literary arts educational or training program(s) (upload attachment).

  • applicants who have been accepted into a specific course must provide proof of acceptance and a detailed description and schedule for the training program or course of study; or
  • applicants who have not already been accepted into a course must submit a detailed description and schedule for the preferred choice. In addition, two alternate program choices must be submitted, with detailed descriptions and schedules for each choice.

4.9 An original writing submission in one of the genres eligible for this scholarship program: short fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, stage play, radio play, or comic book / graphic novel. Submissions must be a minimum of 10 pages or a maximum 20 pages, and must be single-sided, double-spaced, and in a legible 12-pt. font (upload attachment).

4.10 One current and signed letter of reference, preferably from one of the following: a high school, college or university instructor in English, Creative Writing or Literary Arts; a published author, professional publisher, or other professional working in the literary arts (upload attachment).

4.11 Applicants may be asked for additional information to determine eligibility, or any other program requirements.

4.12 Applicants are encouraged to export a PDF of the complete application package after submission and keep it in their records. .

 

 

5. Assessment

5.1 Department Staff provide consultative and administrative services to the AFA. They will convene a discipline-specific expert panel to consider all eligible grant applications to the Dr. MacEwan Literary Arts Scholarship program.

5.2 The expert panel assesses each scholarship application based on the following criteria:

  • The applicant's artistic ability based on the artistic merit of the writing submission.
  • The merit and appropriateness of the proposed program(s) in the context of the applicant's literary arts goals and interests.
  • The impact of the proposed program (s) on the artistic development of the applicant. The applicant's achievements and experience in the literary arts to date.

5.3 All expert panel recommendations are reviewed by the AFA.

5.4 Only one $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year. All applicants, successful and unsuccessful, will be notified of the outcome in writing within six months of application. No expert panel comments will be provided..

 

 

6. Application Deadline and Submission

6.1 Applications must:

  • be submitted online through the GATE online grant application system unless otherwise specified in Section 4;
  • be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on the deadline date, unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend when it will be extended until the next working day.

6.2 The AFA does not accept late or incomplete applications.

6.3 All materials submitted with scholarship applications will be retained by the AFA.

6.4 Applicants may submit only one application to the AFA each deadline.

 

 

7. Assistance

For assistance with this grant application, please call the AFA at 780.427.9968 during regular business hours. Toll-free calls can be made by first dialing 310.0000.