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Writers’ Royalty Claim

Thank you for your interest in applying for your share in over $1 million dollars of royalties.

If your written works have been published in books, edited collections or anthologies, journals, magazines or newspapers, you may be eligible for a royalty from the Copyright Agency.

Copyright Agency manages copyright licences that allow educational institutions, governments, businesses and others to copy and share text and images. We pay copyright royalties to writers, artists and publishers.

We want to improve our information about works copied and shared under these licence arrangements, and about which works our writer members have retained copyright in.

To ensure royalties are distributed to the right creators, we need your help.


Complete the claim only if:

  • You are a member of Copyright Agency (or have applied for membership and we have emailed you an Account ID); OR
  • You are a beneficiary of a writer member; AND
  • You have written a work (e.g. article, chapter, poem, play, short story, essays) which has been published:
    • by somebody other than you;
    • together with other works (e.g. in a magazine, newspaper, anthology or collection of essays);
    • with your permission but you do not receive royalties from the publisher; AND
  • You retain copyright in those work/s.

We will pay you at least $50 if:

  1. We can verify the information you give us (e.g. by checking the publications where you tell us your work/s have been published); and
  2. You are a member of Copyright Agency. Membership is free, but we require people to agree to our membership terms before we make a payment.
    More on membership.


Applications to the 2018 Writers’ Royalty Claim are now closed.

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