Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555


We assist and support the development of writers, readers and publishers across a range of genres.

Qualifying genres include:

• Poetry
• Novels/Novellas
• Short Stories
• Performance-based work
• Scriptwriting
• Non-fiction (essays and criticism)
• Storytelling
• Children’s books
• Graphic novels

We are often the sole resource for literary culture which includes individuals and groups of writers and readers, publishers, organisations providing space, information and training, and a variety of other networks.

Writers may apply to the Arts Council for financial support, assistance with travel and research, and major awards. Funding is available for publishers towards the commissioning, production and marketing of literary publications. Literary magazines are also eligible for funding.

We also support reading platforms where writers can air their work to informed audiences. The Arts Council encourages new readerships and new audiences for writing from Northern Ireland by assisting literary festivals, readings and roadshows. We also fund and administer schemes which enable local schools and community groups to experience writers first-hand in workshops and short-term residencies.

The Arts Council also works with organisations in the Republic of Ireland to ensure opportunities for writers island-wide.

Strategic Framework for Literature 2015 - 2020 [PDF] [WORD]