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I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2019 artists-in-residence program. Forty-four fully funded residencies are available between May and December, and range in duration from two to four weeks.
 
The residencies are open to artists and designers working in visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, moving image and architecture/landscape design.
 
Located within a 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, Connecticut (U.S.), I-Park provides residents with a quiet, retreat-type setting, private living quarters in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, meals program, fully equipped workshop and modest library—as well as creative access to I-Park’s expansive grounds. Residencies are self-directed, undisturbed and non-judgmental. You decide what you’re working on and when.
 
For further information, contact info@i-park.org. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Literature, Music, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

pwa lab

Playwriting Australia

Playwrights have an essential role to play in all kinds of performance. The PWA Lab is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.
 
What are PWA offering?

  • Up to one week access to a rehearsal studio
  • Dramaturgical support from PWA’s Artistic Director and/or Associate Artist
  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate for the creative team including performers
  • Travels costs including accommodation, airfares, airport transfers and per diems
  • Technical equipment hire (within agreed budget)
  • Administrative and project management support

 
PWA Lab Dates:  
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants
 
Location
To be confirmed with selected participants Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Kestin Illustrator Award

Magabala Books

The Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award is a national biennial award that identifies new talent in the art of children’s picture book illustration.
 
Awarded to an Indigenous artist or emerging illustrator, the winner receives $10,000, a professional mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s picture book by a renowned Indigenous author.
 
The award is generously supported by the Kestin Family Foundation.
 
Magabala Books invites entries from artists and emerging illustrators who have a genuine love of children’s picture books and who are passionate about learning the craft of visual storytelling. The Kestin Award is open to all artists and illustrators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, who are unpublished or had illustrations published in no more than two publications. Entries will be judged on the merits of the illustrations submitted. Prior achievements or qualifications will not form part of the judging process.
 
For more information and to apply visit www.magabala.com/kestin-illustrator-award Read more

  • Closing: 28 February 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal History Prize

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
The Aboriginal History Prize encourages students and other beginning historians (up to post-doctoral career) in the writing of Australian Aboriginal history, including Torres Strait Islander history, from original sources. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

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  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
Generously funded by the De Bortoli family, the purpose of the award is to encourage historians writing Australian political, social, cultural and environmental history to approach their subjects in ways that use the past to inform contemporary concerns and issues. The winner will receive a citation and a prize of $5,000.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Kill Your Darlings

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was established to support the development of an early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.
 
The 2017 award attracted over 240 entries from around Australia, with Onyx B. Carmine named the winner for their manuscript, Permafrost, a collection of contemporary stories that impressed the judges with the calibre of its prose and moody, compelling storytelling. Carmine, as well as several other longlisted and shortlisted entrants, have since found representation with literary agents; longlisted entrant Joshua Pomare has also secured a publishing contract in Australia (Hachette) and in the US (Putnam).
 
The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction, and seeks to support writers in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.
 
The winner will receive $5000 in prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).
 
For more information visit the Kill Your Darlings website. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Premier’s History Awards

State Library of NSW

The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. The awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians. They are held annually.
 
Past winners have included KS Inglis, Patricia Jalland, Inga Clendinnen, Bruce Scates and Raelene Frances, Trevor Graham, Christopher Clark, Nadia Wheatley and Grace Karskens. The New South Wales Premier’s History Awards are administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW.
 
Nominations are sought for the following prizes:

  • Australian History Prize

  • General History Prize
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize
  • Young People’s History Prize
  • Multimedia History Prize.

 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Arts and Cultural Funding

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is one of the few Councils in NSW that provide funding to Arts and Cultural programs, projects and events. The aim of this funding is to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to assist in funding new projects or initiatives that help to meet the needs of our growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
 
Gunnedah Shire Council aims to enhance local cultural opportunities and experiences and focuses on building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term.
 
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the following general arts categories:

  • Acting;

  • Announcing;
  • Fine art and craft;
  • Directing;
  • Animation;
  • Dancing and choreography;
  • Entertainment and performance;
  • Music and singing;
  • Photography;
  • Production, and;
  • Writing.

 
This is a competitive annual funding opportunity. Projects can span up to 12 months. Successful applicants can apply for sub-sequential annual funding rounds. All applications are to be submitted using the funding template attached and submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council.
 
The applications will be assessed against criteria set by a panel aligning with the Eligibility and Key Project Deliverables stated in the below Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines. Successful applicants will enter into a funding agreement with Gunnedah Shire Council. Organisations will be required to provide annual reporting specific to the terms of the Agreement.
 
For more information visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

State Library of NSW

For the writing of Australian history from original sources, preferably making use of the resources of the State Library of New South Wales.
 
The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship was established in 1974 by the Library Council of New South Wales under the terms of the bequest of the late Dr Charles Herbert Currey, a well-known Australian historian who was conscious of the needs of research workers not supported by grants from institutions such as universities.
 
Applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly research and publication. These awards are for applicants who can demonstrate experience as historical and archival researchers. Applicants must accurately describe which Library collections they propose to use in their project. General descriptions such as ‘Mitchell Library pictorial collections’ are not acceptable.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Nancy Keesing Fellowship

State Library of NSW

For research into any aspect of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library of New South Wales.
 
The Nancy Keesing Fellowship, honouring key Australian literary figure, author and poet Nancy Keesing (1923-1993), was established by her husband, Dr Mark Hertzberg AO, past President of the Library Council of New South Wales.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Australian Religious History Fellowship

State Library of NSW

The specific focus of the Australian History Religious Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. With the Australian Religious History Fellowship, it is understood that the successful fellow will more than likely need to consult archives and records outside the Library. However it is expected that the fellow will use the Library’s resources to a significant degree.
 
The Australian Religious History Fellowship was established in 2010 with a generous endowment from an anonymous benefactor.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Access for Regional Writers Grants

Writing NSW

Access for Regional Writers grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to help writers in regional NSW access professional development. Regional writers in any genre may apply for a travel grant of $300 to help them participate in a professional development event at an approved not-for-profit organisation. Professional development events can include workshops or seminars designed to further their writing or career skills.
 
Previous grant recipients included writers from areas such as Lismore, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Mudgee and Dubbo.
 
They used their travel funds to attend professional development activities at Write Around the Murray Festival, Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, New England Writers’ Centre, Hunter Writers Centre and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
 
Funding available: up to 5 travel grants of $300 each (plus GST) per round
 
For more information visit the NSW Writers’ Centre website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, a generous bequest made to the Library by Eva Kollsman in honour of her friend, the Australian playwright and poet Ray Mathew, to support and promote Australian writing. The Fellowship is open to established and emerging writers.
 
The Fellowship offers a grant to support Australian writers, working in any literary genre, to undertake an intensive period of creative development at the Library, using the rich and varied collections as inspiration or to incorporate or transform sources into new creative work.
 
The aim is to allow writers a period of time to immerse themselves in an aspect of the collections. This may be with the intention of developing ideas, narratives, settings or atmosphere, symbolism or imagery, creating social and historical context, or character development. Applicants will need to articulate their creative concept and artistic goals and demonstrate how they expect ideas derived from relevant collections to translate into their own creative writing.
 
The 2018 Creative Arts Fellow in Australian Writing should aim to complete the residency by 30 June 2018, unless otherwise agreed, but is not expected to complete the literary work within this period. However, the Fellow will be expected to give a public presentation on the progress of their creative project within the calendar year.
 
The Fellow undertakes a minimum four-week residency at the Library. The Fellow may extend the duration of the residency but will not receive further funding.
 
The Fellow will receive during the residency:

  • $10,000, which can be used as a stipend for travel support and accommodation or for project expenses

  • Special access to collections and staff expertise
  • Access to office facilities and a personal workstation
  • Copies of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access conditions)
  • Fellows become part of the Library’s community of staff, researchers and Friends.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Next Chapter

The Wheeler Centre

Great Australian stories don’t all look and sound the same. They don’t reflect a single set of experiences or come from just one place. The Next Chapter wants to find the Australian stories that aren’t being told; the voices we’re not hearing.
 
Presented by the Wheeler Centre, with support from the Aesop Foundation, The Next Chapter aims to support a new generation of writers’, from all sorts of backgrounds. The scheme gives writers’ the time, support and space they need to develop their work.
 
Each year, the Wheeler Centre will pick a diverse crop of ten outstanding new writers’ from around Australia and give them $15,000 each to develop their work. The Wheeler Centre will then match them with a mentor and work with them over 12 months and beyond to then connect them to publishers and readers.
 
Across the country – in our regions, in our suburbs, in our cities – we know there are aspiring writers’ with stories to tell. So let’s hear them.
 
Find out more at wheelercentre.com/the-next-chapter Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

AlburyCity Short Story Award

Write Around the Murray

Competition Details
Theme: TBC
Word limit: 3,000
Entry fee: $10
First prize: $1,000
 
For more information visit writearoundthemurray.org.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.
 
If you’ve submitted your work to Playwriting Australia before, please read carefully as we’ve made some changes to our script development program.
 
We now offer a more tailored approach to the way we support new plays by offering three different development programs:
 

Creative Fellowships

National Library of Australia

The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.
 
Applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships closed on 28 July 2017 and will re-open in April 2018 for the 2019 Fellowships.
 
The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

  • The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship is open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form, to create new artistic work that is inspired by or using particular collections. Artists may be working in such fields as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
  • The National Folk Fellowship, offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival.

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program

Text Publishing, Writing NSW

The mentorship is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The intention of the program is to support the writer to develop their manuscript and to facilitate a pathway to publication.
 
The program will pair an emerging Indigenous writer from anywhere in Australia with a senior Indigenous writer in the same genre for a structured year-long mentorship. The writer will receive 20 hours of mentorship over the following 12 months, including feedback on their work in progress and general advice on writing and developing a publishing career. The writer will also receive editorial feedback and manuscript development from Text Publishing and access to Writing NSW professional development services.
 
The program includes funding for the writer and mentor to attend Boundless – a festival of culturally diverse writers to be held in Sydney in 2019.
 
At the conclusion of the mentorship, Text Publishing will have the exclusive first right to consider the selected manuscript for publication, under terms to be negotiated with the writer.
 
Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must have made substantial progress on a manuscript, which they intend to complete (refer to submission requirements). To be eligible, writers must not previously have had a full-length work professionally published.
 
Submissions must be either a work of fiction (including short story collections) or narrative non-fiction for adult, kids (middle grade), or young adult. Please note that poetry, plays, picture books, and practical non-fiction are ineligible.
 
Submissions will be judged by multi-award-winning Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch, alongside representatives from Text Publishing and Writing NSW.
 
‘The opportunity to work with a master is not only significant for the emerging writer, but also for the mentoring author. The process they undergo is as old and sacred as our culture, the handing down of the skills and tools needed to one day be passed down again and again. Being able to teach and to learn in such a close and guided fellowship is a once in a career moment.’ Tara June Winch
 
The mentorship is open to emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers who are permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and proof of Indigenous status may be required.
 
The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is supported by the First Nations Australia Writers Network.
 
For enquiries, email competitions@writingnsw.org.au. For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Emerging Writing Organisation Grant

Writing NSW

Emerging Writing Organisation Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to support emerging writing organisations, groups and collectives across the state. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.
 
Emerging organisations must have started operating no earlier than 1 January 2014 and successfully delivered at least one activity to support writers and writing culture. They must not have previously received a grant of $5000 or more from State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to an organisation based in regional NSW or Western Sydney, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.
 
For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Writing NSW Early Career Writer Grants

Writing NSW

Early Career Writer Grants are awarded by Writing NSW to assist early career creative writers in any genre who are resident in NSW. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in the state.
 
Funding available: up to 4 grants of $5000 each (plus GST)
 
Applicants must be early career writers who have had no more than two full-length works professionally published or performed and must not have previously received a grant of $5000 or more for their writing from either State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to a writer from regional NSW, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.
 
Activities to be funded by the grant may include:

  • Creation, production or publication of new work
  • Professional development or mentoring
  • Cultural exchanges or other travel that will assist in the production or presentation of new work
  • Audience development activities conducted by the writer (but not for payment of marketing professionals)

Access costs for regional writers or for writers with disability may be included in the proposal.
 
For more information visit the NSW Writers’ Centre website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Writing NSW Writer & Scientist Grant

Writing NSW

The Writer & Scientist Grant is awarded by Writign NSW to foster connections between writing and the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The grant supports a NSW-based writer and scientist or technologist wishing to work together on a joint writing-related project that helps to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.
 
The writer and scientist must apply jointly for the grant of $2000 ($1000 each). Scientists may work in any field of science or technology, including medicine, mathematics, science, engineering or IT. Writers may work in any genre and be at any stage of their writing career.
 
For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2018 Japan Study Grants closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2019 will open in July 2018.
 
The National Library of Australia offers annual Japan Study Grants to support scholars undertaking research on Japan and requiring special access to the Library’s Japanese or Japan related collections. These scholarships are made possible thanks to Harold S. Williams Trust Fund.
 
Preference for Japan Study Grants will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the Library’s Japanese language collections and who do not have ready access to Japanese language collections in their own region or institution.
 
The scholarships are tenable for a period of up to four weeks in the following calendar year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.
 
For more information view the website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Summer Scholarships

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2018 Summer Scholarships closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for the 2019 Summer Scholarship will re-open in July 2017.

 
The National Library of Australia offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars undertaking postgraduate research requiring special access to the Library’s collections. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), and of John and Heather Seymour.
 
Preference for Norman McCann Scholarships will be given to those working in the disciplines of Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies. Preference for Seymour Scholarships will be for those undertaking biographical research.
 
The scholarships are tenable for a period of six weeks commencing in the second week of January each year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.
 
For more information visit the website here. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was created; ‘To promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays’.
 
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. This award has been established in his honour, for a young playwright to further their education in the field of drama and to improve the general public appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. Offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia, the award included a $15,000 cash prize and a creative development with director, dramaturg and cast of actors for the chosen play.
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT (or earlier if application limit is met)

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2020
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Writing Fire, Writing Drought

Varuna the National Writers House

Varuna offers a range of prestigious Fellowships designed to support writers across different genres and at all stages of their writing careers. Fellowships are all competitively awarded and include between one and four weeks’ residency at Varuna.

Writing Fire, Writing Drought

awarded to five writers from regional NSW and outer-western Sydney in 2020. We are hoping to support writers to develop new work in response to the drought and bushfire crisis.

Key dates

Applications open 10 February 2020 and close 27 March 2020.

The residency will be held from Monday 27 July to Monday 3 August.

Fees

Application fees are $65 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $30.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $315 towards your residency and you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300. If these fees present a barrier that prevent you from applying, please contact varuna@varuna.com.au to discuss.

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  • Closing: 27 March 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Publishing Industry Career Development Grants

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Publishing Industry Career Development Grants support individuals working in the Australian publishing industry with grants for professional development, leadership, and career enhancing opportunities and projects.

Potential projects could include:

  • Industry research into issues such as leadership in publishing, diversity, developing editorial/sales/marketing skills, copyright, etc;
  • Mentorships with other publishers to gain new skills and insights;
  • International market exploratory visits;
  • Sales/marketing intensives;
  • Upskilling in accessible publishing models;
  • Attendance at a significant international leadership program;
  • Digital transformation/new models and upskilling;
  • Any research project which will have an impact on career development opportunities.

Successful recipients will be required to write a report of up to 5,000 words on the completion of their project. If appropriate, the report may be shared with industry peers.

These grants will support projects that start after 31 May 2020.

Amount of grant: $5,000 Read more

  • Closing: 30 March 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Lending Rights

Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Australian book publishers or creators—authors, compilers, editors, illustrators and translators—can be compensated for the loss of income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries.

Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) are Australian Government programs that compensate Australian creators and publishers in recognition of income lost through free multiple use of their books in public and educational lending libraries. These programs also support the enrichment of Australian culture by encouraging the growth and development of Australian writing.

A creator or a publisher must register and submit title claims within five years from the year of publication. Books are surveyed in a sample of either public lending libraries (PLR) or school, TAFE and university libraries (ELR).

Eligible creators are:

  • authors, editors, illustrators, translators and compilers
  • Australian citizens, wherever they reside
  • non-citizens who normally reside in Australia (eligibility ceases if residency in Australia ceases), and
  • those who receive on-going royalties from the sale of their book.

Eligible publishers are:

  • companies whose business consists wholly or substantially of the publication of books and who regularly publish in Australia—’regularly publish’ is defined as at least once in the
  • preceding three year period
  • non-profit organisations that publish to further their aims or objectives, and
  • self-publishing creators.

Payments are only made to eligible publishers if an eligible creator is receiving a payment.

For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Travel Fund for Literature

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program has been suspended.

The purpose of the fund is to enable an author or illustrator to support the international publication or promotion of their work. A strong proposal will have either an international publisher in place, or will clearly demonstrate that the travel will assist in securing one.

A proposal may also demonstrate that the activity will increase international attention and demand for writing by unique Australian voices such as works by Australian First Nations writers.

There is no closing date for this opportunity. 

For more information Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Reading Australia Fellowship

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy will support an experienced teacher or teacher librarian to undertake professional skills development and career-enhancing opportunities.

The Fellowship is not intended to support projects involving the teaching of English as a second language or for academic purposes.

The successful Fellow will be expected to write a report of between 5,000 and 10,000 words and to present their research findings at teachers’ conferences, and to their colleagues and peers.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of independent peers. Projects may start after 1 August 2020 and should be completed by August 2021.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding

Copyright Agency

There are six core elements to the program:

  • Virtual writers’ festivals – This will support scheduled writers’ festivals to make their programs digitally available by paying the Australian participants the participation fees they would have received if the program had proceeded normally. This money will cover over a hundred writers and interviewers in festivals we already support including the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Byron Writers Festival. The agency has included funds to cover assistance to other festivals that may not be able to proceed as ‘normal’.  Closes 14 April 2020
  • Emergency action fund – This is composed of $150,000 to be allocated in grants of between $5,000 – $20,000. It will focus on distributing this money as widely as possible so most grants will be around $5,000. The funding is open for writing and visual arts projects that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 or are responding directly to it. Applicants to this program should ideally demonstrate that they have matched funding. Closes 23 April 2020
  • New commissioned literary works – The program will support the publication of between 20-30 works by Australian writers responding to the disasters Australia has faced in early 2020. The working title for this is Our Year of Fire, Flood, and Plague: Australian writers respond to the challenges of 2020. Pieces from this series will be published in The Guardian. Money is also set aside to facilitate a book publication of these pieces. Writers of each of these essays will be paid the rates recommended by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).
  • Funding for innovative online projects – This includes an amount to support innovative projects that are responding to COVID-19. Writers and interviewers across Australia are setting up smart new ways of taking Australian writers to audiences. This money is available for the payment of monies to writers who participate in such online projects. Closes 14 April 2020
  • New commissioned visual arts work This component is for photographic and other visual documentation of the crisis for publication in journals, magazines and exhibition in a major gallery, and to possibly tour when the current events are resolved. The funding available for the generation of this work is $25,000. Closes 23 April 2020

Application forms to apply for the funding will be available shortly.

Information on the new guidelines and timelines under the initiative is available on our COVID-19 Emergency Funding page. Read more

  • Closing: 23 April 2020
  • Categories: Festivals, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Translation Fund for Literature

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program is currently suspended.

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or analytical prose).

Funding is available to contribute to the translator’s fee and/or author’s advance only.

Australian publishers may also apply to support Australian translators producing foreign language works for local publication.

Amount: Contributions of $5,000 per successful applicant are available in two rounds per year.

Key dates

Round 1: Applications are now closed for Round 1

Round 2 

  • Applications open for the second round in February 2020
  • Applications close: 28 April 2020 (11:59 AEST) for activity from 1 September 2020 – 31 December 2020

For more information: Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: 28 April 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Varuna the National Writers House

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Held in partnership with Affirm Press, these publishing intensive mentorships provide a unique opportunity for up to four writers developing exceptional new work.

For the 2020 Mentorship Award, Affirm Press is looking for YA manuscripts and middle-grade fiction (10+) with sci-fi and fantasy themes.

Key dates

Applications open 16 March and close 29 April 2020.

If successful, you will be required to take your residency between Monday November 2 and Sunday November 8, 2020.

Fees

There is a fee of $60 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $30. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $385 towards your residency and you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300.

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  • Closing: 29 April 2020
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Cultural Fund - Grants for Organisations - Round One

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.

We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

In most cases, the Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations are for a single project for up to a year; however, in some instances funding for three years may be approved. Please contact the Cultural Fund to discuss a potential proposal.

Grants for Round One will support projects that start after 1 August 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 May 2020
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.

The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Cultural Fund - Grants for Organisations - Round Two

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.

We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

In most cases, the Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations are for a single project for up to a year; however, in some instances funding for three years may be approved.

Grants for Round Two will support projects that start after 6 July 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 12 June 2020
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Author Fellowship

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Author Fellowship will support an established Australian author to develop and create a new work, and is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult writers, and journalists.

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 project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.

To be eligible to apply, the author must have a publishing contract 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 October 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 June 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

Copyright Agency

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.

Projects must start after 1 October 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 June 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Olga Masters Short Story Award

South East Arts

2020 brings exciting news to the Olga Masters Short Story Award, with the continued support of the Masters family, the Award is now administered by South East Arts, in partnership with The South Coast Writers Centre, and Island Magazine. Additionally, with support from local author JD Shaw, there is now a new youth prize.

The Award welcomes entries from writers of all ages resident in Australia. Short stories (2000 to 4000 words) on the theme of life in rural Australia.

What does it cost to enter a story?
Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of $25 (includes GST).
 Members of the South Coast Writers Centre and youth (18 years and under) are eligible for a discounted entry fee.

How to enter
Register online through the Olga Masters Short Story Award page and pay the entry fee. Stories must be submitted online no later than midnight on 10 July 2020.

Prizes
Main Prize is $1500 for first and $500 for runner-up. In the Youth Prize there is a $500 first prize and a $250 prize for runner-up (13 to 18 years) and a creative writing tutorial with JD Shaw for 12 years and under.

For more information visit: The Olga masters Short Story Award Website

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  • Closing: 10 July 2020
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Varuna Residential Fellowships

Varuna the National Writers House

Varuna Residential Fellowships offer two to three weeks of full board and accommodation at Varuna including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, the companionship of your fellow writers and a one-hour Varuna Conversation with a Varuna consultant.

In 2021, Varuna will offer 24 Varuna Residential Fellowships, including our prestigious Flagship Fellowships.

Key dates

Applications for the 2021 residency program will open June 15, 2020 and close midnight on July 29, 2020.

Varuna Residential Fellowships can be taken between January and the end of May 2021.

Fees

Application fees are $65 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $35.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $315 per week towards your residency (note that this fee is waived for the Henry Handel Richardson fellowship).

And you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300.

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  • Closing: 29 July 2020
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Aesthetica Magazine

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. Hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.

The winners are also presented with further opportunities to expand their literary careers: £1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.

Entry costs: Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18

Aesthetica champions artists across a range of media, with talent development at its core. It presents two further awards: the Aesthetica Art Prize and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). Through its three awards, Aesthetica showcases leading practitioners and supports their career through its international reputation and links with the creative industries.

For more information visit aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/ Read more

  • Closing: 31 August 2020
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature

CREATE Grant

Copyright Agency

CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work by providing time to write and create.

These grants are not intended to support academics with scholarly or academic works.

Projects should span up to twelve months.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers from the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.

These grants will support projects that start after 1 December 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 September 2020
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

Each year, five fellowships, including accommodation, all meals, travel expenses and manuscript consultations, are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia.

This fellowship program is open to writers of all genres of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, graphic novels, dramatic/screen writing, writing for radio, translation, essays or short fiction. Submissions in language are welcomed.

The fellowship week also includes professional development opportunities, including one-on-one mentoring session, and a half day group workshop .

Key dates

For 2021 fellowships, applications open mid-October 2020 and will close mid-December 2020.

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  • Closing: 14 December 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals