Fellowship Guidelines


Author Fellowships

The Copyright Agency will award $80,000 to a mid to late career author for a 12 month period to develop and create work.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a mid to late career author with at least five substantial published books. Of these five published books, two can be self-published.

  • The applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Open to novelists, playwrights, poets, scriptwriters, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult book writers, and journalists.
  • Authors must submit their own applications. Publishers are not able to apply on behalf of authors.
  • The applicant must have a publishing contract or a letter of intention to publish from the publisher. This prize/fellowship is not to supplant any advance offered under their publishing contract.
  • The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund support in any publication arising from the fellowship.
Supporting documentation
  • Proof of a publishing contract or letter of intent from publisher
  • A synopsis of the proposed work
  • A sample of writing (5 pages)
  • A demonstration of the applicant’s publishing record/list of published works/ a professional writing CV.


Applications close: 5pm Monday 25 September, 2017

Author Fellowships Announcement: November 2017

Acquittal Report / Research Paper Due: 1 January 2019

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Publisher Fellowships

Copyright Agency Publisher Fellowships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to research world-leading trends in the publishing industry and to share this information with the industry.

These Fellowships aim to celebrate excellence and innovation in publishing while providing an opportunity for Australia’s best publishers to build awareness of publishing trends and emerging business models and technologies. The Fellowships provide fellows with support to learn from leaders in publishing from around the world.



Further information on the Publisher Fellowships will be available later this year.



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