Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

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2018 Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing January 24 September 2018 November 2018

Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing will support an Australian author to develop and 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 to an Australian writer to create an important work that will connect with readers. 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.

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

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 Fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract.

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

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Amount of grant: $80,000

Who can apply

  • Applicants must have previously published at least two full-length books of their own writing.
  • 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).
  • Applicants must submit a one-page CV with a list of their published books.
  • Proof of a publishing contract or letter of intent to publish from a publisher.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND GRANT OBLIGATIONS

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

To contact the Cultural Fund, call 02 9394 7600 or email culturalfund@copyright.com.au

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