Copyright Agency Fellowships worth $240,000 are now available

July 30, 2018

Three $80,000 Fellowships are currently available from the Copyright Agency, including the new Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing and Fellowship for a Visual Artist. These grants provide important, sustained financial support to authors and visual artists to create a new body of work that will resonate with, and enrich Australian audiences.

“These Fellowships invest in the future of Australian creativity,” says Cultural Fund and Reading Australia Officer, Nicola Evans. “We’re interested to see gifted artists and writers bring light to the issues of the day, cover new ground with their work and to support innovative dialogue in the creative industries.”

With an impressive list of past recipients, including Melissa Lucashenko, whose recently published novel Too Much Lip received Cultural Fund support in 2016, the Copyright Agency Author Fellowship is considered the flagship fellowship for established authors in Australia.

In 2018, the Cultural Fund expand its support to include writers of non-fiction with a new Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing offering funding for works such as memoirs, biographies, criticism and review or political analysis.

Visual artists creating a major solo exhibition or other significant and ambitious work in any medium are also encouraged to apply for the Fellowship for a Visual Artist.

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides some $2m every year for authors, publishers and visual artists to enrich Australia’s cultural life. In July, $675,000 funding was awarded to 21 creative and cultural organisations.

The complete list of recipients is:

Organisation State Project Title Amount approved
 Children’s Literature
The Literature Centre WA Celebrate Reading National Conference 2018 $10,000
Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators SCBWI NSW International SCBWI Biennial Conference $9,432
 Cultural Institutions
Australian Academy of the Humanities ACT 50 Discoveries that transformed our understanding of humanity $20,000
AustLit, The University of Queensland QLD Teaching and Learning with BlackWords $26,450
Australian School Library Association NSW ASLA – 50 years of Leading Literacy in School Libraries $6,900
Poetry In Action NSW Poetry in Action: Unlocking the power of words $19,460
The Big Issue Australia VIC The Big Issue Fiction Edition $22,000
Inside Story Publishing VIC Ideas for Australian Cities $15,000
Plumwood Incorporated NSW Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics $5,000
State Library of Queensland QLD Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a poetry collection


(over 3 years)

UNSW PRESS LTD NSW The Bragg UNSW Press Prizes for Best Australian Science Writing


(over 3 years)

 Trade Associations
National Association for the Visual Arts NAT Future/Forward $50,000
The Walkley Foundation NAT Advancing Australian arts journalism and criticism


(over 3 years)

The Melbourne Press Club NAT The Social Justice Journalism Fellowship $25,000
 Visual Arts
ANAT – Australian Network for Art & Technology SA Synapse – where art and science meet $90,000
Contemporary SA Inc trading as ACE Open SA ACE Open Writers Commissions $8,750
First Nations Australia Writers Network ACT 2018 First Nations Australia Writers Workshop Canberra ACT $10,000
MPavilion VIC MPavilion Inaugural Writer-In-Residence Program $16,000
WestWords Ltd NSW Writers in schools in Western Sydney $75,000
The Wheeler Centre VIC Residential Hot Desk Fellowship $15,000
Small Press Network VIC Independent Publishing Conference 2019-21 $60,000
TOTAL $675,992


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