The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

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Application Deadline: 5:00PM 24 September 2018 (AEST).

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

Projects must start after 1 January 2019.

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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing 

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