Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

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Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing 29 April 2024 1pm 22 July 2024 October 2024

Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing will support an Australian author to create a significant new work of literary non-fiction.

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 literary 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.

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.


One Fellowship will be awarded each year. As the Fellowship is intended to support one writer, joint applications are not eligible.

Projects must start after 1 November 2024. The project should span up to 12 months. A project of one or two months is not regarded as a substantial Fellowship activity.

Projects not supported

Please refer to activities not supported for a detailed list of what the Cultural Fund does not support.

Amount of grant: $80,000


  • Authors must have previously published at least two full-length books of their own creative writing (of which one book may be self-published)
  • Authors must have secured either a publishing contract for the work or a letter of interest or intent to publish from an Australian-based publisher
  • Authors must submit their own applications. Publishers cannot apply on behalf of authors.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Any overdue Cultural Fund grants must be acquitted


  • 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


More information and contact

For further information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the grants via email culturalfund@copyright.com.au

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