October 12, 2023

Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund awards three Fellowships for Australian writers

Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund is delighted to announce this year’s recipients of our three writing fellowships for a total of $170,000. The Copyright Agency’s Fellowships provide timely and crucial financial support to authors to create new work for publication. The direct support to authors through the Cultural Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of the […]

July 26, 2023

Shankari Chandran wins 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award for Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

Shankari Chandran has won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, published by Ultimo Press. On winning the award, Chandran said: “It’s such an honour to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award, honestly, I’m still in shock. To be recognised among my Australian writing peers in this way […]

June 20, 2023

2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist unveiled

Five first-time nominees, including a debut author, are among the six talented writers shortlisted for the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Announced today by Perpetual as Trustee, alongside Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the authors will be competing for one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Australia, with the winner receiving $60,000. The 2023 Miles […]

June 15, 2023

2023 King’s Birthday Honours List

Congratulations to our members who were among those recognised in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours List. Author Jen McVeity was recognised with a medal (OAM) in the general division for service to literacy education as an author and publisher. An author of over 20 books, a former school teacher, and the International Chair of the […]

May 10, 2023

Vale Gabrielle Carey

We pay tribute to Gabrielle Carey, renowned Australian author and Copyright Agency member, who has passed away. She was a prolific writer who made a significant contribution to the Australian literary scene. While still teenagers, Gabrielle and her best friend, Kathy Lette, became famous for their largely autobiographical novel, Puberty Blues, which was published in […]

February 1, 2023

Copyright Agency welcomes Government’s new Cultural Policy

The Federal Government launched its new Cultural Policy, Revive, on 30 January. The Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, and the Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, both spoke at the launch.     The policy The policy includes recognition of the fundamental role of the copyright system in supporting Australia’s creative industries and workers: The Government […]

November 29, 2022

The vital work of Australian authors still doesn’t deliver a living wage

The Australia Council has today released a summary of the 2022 National Survey of Australian Book Authors, which provides valuable insights into the conditions faced by authors. The survey was conducted by Paul Crosby, David Throsby and Jan Zwar from Macquarie University and supported by funding from the Australia Council and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural […]

September 14, 2022

Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund Awards Two of Australia’s Richest Author Fellowships

The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Author Fellowship and Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing are two of Australia’s richest grants for writers. Today, the Cultural Fund awarded the two life-changing fellowships, valued at $80,000 each, to award-winning author Mirandi Riwoe and non-fiction writer Saskia Beudel. Copyright Agency CEO Josephine Johnston says, “The Cultural Fund’s fellowships total $160,000 […]