Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

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2019 Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing closed closed 23 September 2019 Mid-November 2019

Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing will support an Australian author to create a new work of creative non-fiction writing which will engage with key issues and topics for a broad readership.

The Fellowship will provide sustained support for a year to one Australian writer to create an important work for publication. Applicants should submit a compelling description of their intended project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.

Applications will be accepted for the following genres:

  • memoir
  • biography
  • autobiography
  • history
  • criticism and review
  • arts/science writing
  • political analysis
  • writing on the environment; and
  • other genres which contribute to the national discussion/polemic.

To be eligible to apply, the author must have a publishing contract in place or a letter of intent to publish from the publisher. (This should not be a letter of support.) This Fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract.

The Fellowship is not intended to support the creation of work for an academic or scholarly purpose and readership.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers from the writing and publishing industry.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Amount of grant: $80,000

Projects must start after 1 January 2020.

Who can apply

  • Applicants must have previously published at least two full-length books of their own writing (of which one book may be self-published).
  • Authors must have secured either a publishing contract for the work or a letter of intent to publish from a publisher.
  • Authors must submit their own applications. Publishers cannot apply on behalf of authors.
  • 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.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Your application

All applicants must provide a clear outline of their intended project and 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 one-page synopsis of the proposed work.
  • A sample of your writing (up to five pages).
  • A one-page CV outlining your publication history.
  • Proof of a publishing contract or letter of intent to publish from a publisher.



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 online acquittal report on their funded activities within eight weeks of the completion of the project. This report should include a description of the funded activities and detail the success or otherwise of the activity.

Applicants who have not acquitted any outstanding completed grants cannot apply until they have successfully acquitted their previous grant.

More information and contact

For further information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

To contact the Cultural Fund, call 02 9394 7623 or email culturalfund@copyright.com.au

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