New fellowships announced and two for Publishers open now

January 31, 2018

Copyright Agency’s CEO Adam Suckling has announced the Cultural Fund will increase the value of its annual fellowships, from $120,000 to $285,000 this year.

Mr Suckling says, “The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund commits some $2m annually from copyright licensing revenue to ensuring that creative Australians keep contributing positively to the cultural life of the nation. These new fellowships provide life-changing opportunities for authors, publishers, an artist and a teacher of English to develop new work or enhance their careers.

“We already support an established author with one of Australia’s richest Fellowships, valued at $80,000 (recently awarded to Kathryn Heyman) – and this year we are providing a further $80,000 for a specific work of non-fiction writing.

“We are also offering a new Fellowship for a Visual Artist valued at $80,000.

“Our Publisher Fellowships have increased in value from $10,000 to $15,000 and later in the year we are introducing a new National Fellowship for Teachers of English, with $15,000 – through our Reading Australia literary resources hub for schools.”

See the deadlines for fellowships.


The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund Publisher Fellowships are open for application, with two grants of $15,000 available to provide leadership, professional development and career enhancing opportunities for people working in the Australian publishing industry.

Previous Fellows have attended international publishing seminars, completed publishing courses, embarked on research for new projects and investigated ways in which the business of publishing operates globally.

The Copyright Agency’s CEO, Adam Suckling, says the Publisher Fellowships help to enhance our rich publishing industry which promotes great Australian authors and illustrators.

“The Publisher Fellowships have increased from $10,000 to $15,000 in 2018, to further enrich the Fellows learning opportunities,” adds Mr Suckling.

Louise Cornegé, Head of Publicity at Allen & Unwin (pictured top), was a 2016 Publisher Fellow who travelled to New York to undertake a study tour of publishing houses.

“Since completing the Fellowship I’ve been promoted twice in-house at Allen & Unwin. I believe the Fellowship played a significant role in advancing my career,” she says. Read her report here.

Non-Fiction Publisher at University of Queensland Press, Alexandra Payne, received a 2016 Publisher Fellowship to travel to the UK for two significant conferences:

  • The 15th International Conference of Books at Publishing and Libraries at Imperial College London
  • 2017 Mix Digital Conference at Bath Spa University.

I would never have been able to undertake this trip without the Cultural Fund grant. It provided a wonderful opportunity to increase my knowledge and experience of digital storytelling with regard to the intersections with trade publishing,” Ms Payne says.

“I made new contacts with a wide range of publishing professionals and attended two fascinating publishing conferences. It has reinvigorated my own publishing practice and my interest in the future of publishing.”

Publisher Fellowship applications close on 12 March, 2018.



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