1 May 2020 (11:59 pm).



(Partially Funded)


AFAC’s program for Creative and Critical Writers 2019

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC – is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant program, Creative and Critical Writings. This represents a new phase of AFAC’s grant-giving in the literature category, following the AFAC Novel Writing Program 2014-2016 which resulted in the publication of 22 distinguished novels by writers from diverse Arab countries.

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The new program is based on an accurate analysis of the publishing and distribution conditions of books in the Arab world and the urgent needs of the Arab reader.

Through the Creative and Critical Writings grant, AFAC will open the door to a wide range of writers, artists, and institutions to benefit from this grant and to enrich the Arabic library with new, innovative, creative and critical productions.

AFAC’s General Grant for Creative and Critical Writings provides support to critical writings on the arts and culture, theatrical writings, children and youth literature (including both the adaptation of classical Arabic and international literature as well as original stories), graphic novel, short story, poetry, in addition to online publishing platform. The final product should be in the Arabic language.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Critical Writing.
  • Theater writing.
  •  Poetry and short stories (publishing support).
  •  Graphic novels.
  •  Adaptations of international and Arab classic novels for young adults.
  • Children and young adults literature (publishing support).
  •  Electronic literary platforms.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

2 years. 

(The project’s time frame should not exceed 24 months).

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • AFAC is open to receive project applications from all Arab individuals working in the fields specified above. Project applications are accepted irrespective of age, years of experience, country of residence, ethnicity, gender or religion.
  • Applications in this category can be also submitted by relevant Arab or non-Arab institutions (publishing houses, online literary platforms, …) as long as the final product is in Arabic.
  • Projects must be completed within 2 years of signing the contract, during which grantees are expected so submit the necessary financial and narrative reports.
  • Projects may be implemented anywhere as long as they are created by Arab writers.
  • AFAC will not provide support retroactively, i.e. to projects already completed. For projects that have already started, AFAC will cover the expenses that will occur only after the signature of the contract if the project is selected.

AFAC will not consider applications submitted by:

  • Members of the Board of Trustees, their business partners or family members.
  • AFAC staff members, their business partners or family members.
  • Members of the current year’s juror committees.
  • Recipients of two consecutive grants unless two years had passed since the last grant (e.g. If a grantee had received two grants in 2016 and 2017, s/he can apply again in 2020).
  • Applicants who have a current open grant.
  • Each applicant (individual or institution) is entitled to one application in the same category.

Required Supporting Material:

  • It is highly recommended to submit supporting material/samples for the project you are applying with.
  • It is mandatory to submit samples of previous works/projects (up to three maximum) unless the project you are applying with is your first work
  1. For Theatrical Writing; the project must be submitted by the playwright, and the final output should be a theatrical text published as a book. The curriculum vitae of the applicant, a synopsis of the project and one or two chapters from the play are required.
  2. For Critical Writings:  and it includes writings in literary criticism, fine and visual art criticism, film criticism and other cultural and artistic subjects. The project must be submitted by the author, and the final output must be a book. The applicant curriculum vitae, a synopsis of the project, the work methodology, one or two chapters from the book and the book references are required.
  3. Children and Youth Literature: and it includes the adaptation of classical Arabic and international literature for youth, where the project must be submitted by the author. A resume of the original story and its author, samples from the applicant previous work if available and a chapter from the adapted text are required. The program will also support the publishing of original children and youth literature, in which case the project must be submitted by the publishing house. The manuscript(s) to be published are required.
  4. Graphic Novel: the project must be submitted by the author and the final output should be a published book. A synopsis of the book, one or two chapters from the novel, including text and illustrations from the novel and the applicant curriculum vitae are required.
  5. Publishing of Short Stories and Poetry; the project must be submitted by the publishing house or the author. The full manuscript(s) to be published is required.
  6. Online Publishing or support to literary online platform: The project must be submitted by the platform, with a description of its previous work and of the new proposed project, including details about the content and the editorial line. Curriculum vitae of the editorial committee is required.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • Creative and Critical Writings Program provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand U.S. dollars up to a maximum of fifty thousand U.S. dollars.
  • The AFAC grant covers project-related expenses (including artist fees). In the case of institutions, a small percentage of the grant (not exceeding 15%) can be allocated for certain running costs. AFAC and the jury reserve the right to determine whether the proposed running costs items are relevant or not.
  • When the grant from AFAC exceeds ten thousand dollars yet only covers a portion of the project’s overall budget, the grantee is obliged to raise 70% of the remaining budget in order to be awarded the grant. In the event that the grantee is unable to procure 70% of the remaining project budget within 90 days of receiving the grant, the latter will be canceled.
  • AFAC does not offer mobility grants. Travel costs can be covered by the AFAC grant only when they are part of the implementation of a project.
  • A detailed budget must be attached to all submitted projects.
  • AFAC is not obliged to cover the total amount of the requested grant.

Payment Conditions & Schedule:

  • If AFAC awards a grantee US $10,000 or less, s/he will receive 70% of the grant amount as a first payment. Once the project is completed and the grantee has submitted the deliverables, narrative and financial reports, the remaining 30% will be transferred.
  • For grants exceeding US $10,000, grant installments will be released only after the grantee submits proof of securing 70% of the remaining total project budget. When the latter condition is fulfilled, grantees will receive 50% of the grant amount as the first payment. When 80% of the first payment has been spent, the grantee must submit an interim narrative and financial report to AFAC. Once the report is approved, grantees will receive 35% of the grant total amount as a second payment.
  • With submission of the final deliverables and reports, the remaining 15% of the grant total amount will be transferred and the grant will be closed.

How to Apply

First Step:To apply, please login with your username and password.

Second Step: Once you login you will be directed to the applications page. In case you don’t have an existing account, please create one here.


  • Supporting files/samples of current submitted project and/or previous work smaller than 10 MB can be uploaded directly to the application.
  • Supporting files/samples of current submitted project and/or previous work between 10 MB and 300 MB should be included as links to files on sharing websites (such as Dropbox, Vimeo, YouTube…). Only when supporting files/samples of previous work cannot be shared through online links does AFAC accept to receive them by physical mail to AFAC’s Beirut office (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – Charles Aoun Building, Saint Nicolas Stairs, below É-Cafe P.O.Box Beirut 13-5290 Beirut, Lebanon), postmarked by the relevant deadline and marked with the project title and application number.
  • Applications are only accepted through our online call for applications which is available on our website in Arabic only. Applications submitted via regular mail or e-mail will not be accepted.
  • The applicant will receive a confirmation email once the online application has been received. Applicants are advised to follow up on the full completion and delivery of requested material as AFAC will not contact applicants if any part of their application is incomplete.
  • Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
  • Applications for this category are available in Arabic only.

Grant Contracts:

  • As soon as the grant winners are announced, AFAC will draft a grant contract to be signed by the grantees.
  • The contract will include start and end dates, grant amount, budget breakdown, financial requirements, payment schedule, general provisions, implementation and amendments, required reports and project results.

Evaluation and Selection Process:

  • Following the submission deadline, AFAC will conduct an administrative check to ensure that applications are complete and adhere to the guidelines.
  • Only applications that pass the administrative check will be processed.
  • An independent readers committee will then assess the received proposals and select the applications to be sent to the independent jurors’ committee which will assess the preselected applications and choose the projects to be granted. Please see Evaluation Process for more details.

An automatic email will be sent to the applicants whose projects did not pass the pre selection phase.

Grants Announcement:

The grant winners will be announced and published on the AFAC website and Facebook page after the jury meetings conclude. An automatic email will be sent to applicants whose projects were not selected to receive grants.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Salma Abd El Aziz/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Areeg Salem/ Egypt
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