Frank Moorhouse Fellowship for Young Writers

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Copyright Agency Frank Moorhouse Fellowship for Young Writers 30 March 2023 1pm 19 June 2023 October 2023

Frank Moorhouse Fellowship for young writers

The Copyright Agency Frank Moorhouse Fellowship for Young Writers will support a writer aged 18-35 years to develop and write a new work of fiction.

Named in honour of the late Frank Moorhouse, the Fellowship will provide a genuine career development opportunity for a young fiction writer who has not yet published a full-length work of fiction.

Applicants must have previously published some short stories/work in literary magazines, journals or online. Writers who have published a full-length work, in fiction or any genre, are not eligible to apply for this Fellowship.

The Fellowship is essentially a living allowance to create a new work of fiction. It may also be used for mentoring costs.

The successful recipient will also receive an introduction and opportunity to meet with two of Frank Moorhouse’s publishers.

Applicants should submit a compelling and detailed description of their intended project accompanied by a writing sample of 2,000 words to demonstrate their literary merit.

As the Fellowship is intended to support one writer, joint applications are not eligible.


  • The project should span up to 12 months
  • Projects must start after 15 October 2023

Amount of grant: $10,000

Who can apply

  • Applicants must be between 18-35 years old by the closing date of 19 June 2023
  • Applicants must NOT have previously published any full-length books
  • Applicants must have published short stories or some work in literary magazines, journals, anthologies or online
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Applicants must have acquitted any overdue Cultural Fund grants

How to apply

  • You must apply via the SmartyGrants online grants platform
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date via the SmartyGrants online system
  • Applicants may submit only one application per round to the Cultural Fund
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered

Your application

You must provide a clear outline of your intended project. Your application must include a project description along with support material.

Support Material

You must submit the following support material with your application as a PDF via the SmartyGrants online system:

  • A sample of your writing (2,000 words)
  • A one-page CV with details of your published writing


The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.

Successful applicants must submit an acquittal report on their funded project within eight weeks of the completion of the project via the SmartyGrants online system. This report should include a description of the funded activities and detail the success or otherwise of the activity.

Applicants who have not acquitted completed projects cannot apply until they have successfully acquitted their previous grant.


More information and contact

Please contact us if you have any questions about the grants via email

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