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Australia Council, Create NSW, WA arts funding latest rounds announced

Writing NSW will receive $100,000 from the Australia Council to ‘assist writers to navigate the ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19 that will enable $200,000 in payments to around 300 writers’. Writing NSW has also been successful in the latest round of Create NSW funding, and will receive $190,000 to support NSW writers and writing in 2021.

The Create NSW funding follows Writing NSW’s criticism of the arts funding body’s decision not to award it multi-year organisations funding in August this year.

The successful authors and writing organisations in the latest rounds of Australia Council, Create NSW and WA state arts funding include:

Australia Council


  • Gail Jones ($80,000), Australia Council Fellowship


Individuals and groups

  • Aimee Knight ($14,732)
  • Alice  Bishop ($32,500)
  • Briar Rolfe ($17,800)
  • Chris Womersley ($43,100)
  • Chris Flynn ($50,000)
  • Danielle Wood ($49,800)
  • David Stavanger ($28,000)
  • David Wright ($14,859)
  • Davina Bell ($15,000)
  • Eda Gunaydin ($21,350)
  • Ella Baxter ($15,731)
  • Emily McQuire ($44,800)
  • Esther Ottaway ($12,000)
  • Grace Heifetz ($50,000)
  • Gregory Day ($45,000)
  • Hakea Hustler ($49,443)
  • Kathryn Heyman ($30,000)
  • Kerrie Glastonbury ($17,500)
  • Kylie Boltin ($34,502)
  • Kylie Maslin ($37,200)
  • Maria Zajkowski ($10,000)
  • Michael Brenan ($38,588)
  • Nyadol Nyuon ($15,000)
  • Sarah Ridout ($31,831)
  • Sarah Walker ($10,000)
  • Sonia Orchard ($15,000)
  • Trace Balla ($50,000).

To view the full list Australia Council grant recipients, click here.

Create NSW

Festivals: Annual organisations funding

  • Newcastle Writers Festival ($70,000), for the 2021 Festival Program—Reimagined

Festivals: Organisations projects funding

  • The National Young Writers Festival (NYWF) ($40,000), for the planning, programming and presentation of NYWF in 2021

Literature: Annual organisations

  • Australian Book Review (ABR) ($30,000), to ‘enable ABR to commission more NSW writers, increase payment rates, and to build on successful 2014–2020 NSW programs’
  • Hunter Writers Centre ($70,000), for annual operations and program
  • International Performing Writers Association Word Travels ($131,000), for the 2021 program featuring the international Australian Poetry Slam and Story Week programs
  • Writing NSW ($190,000), to support NSW writers and writing 2021
  • South Coast Writers Centre ($80,000), for the 2021 program
  • New England Writers’ Centre ($22,000), for the 2021 program
  • Booranga Writers Centre ($35,000), for the 2021 program

Literature: Projects funding

  • Luke Carman ($19,500), for the creation and development of ‘Splinters of Ice’, a collection of short stories to be published by Giramondo in 2021
  • Poets Out Loud: Amplify! ($10,990), for the 2021 Youth Poetry Slam Program
  • Gaele Sobott Earthly ($11,250), for writing a collection of poetry and participation in a UK literary event.

To view the full list of recipients of Create NSW funding, click here.

Western Australia Arts 15k-plus grants

  • Writing WA ($59,730), to present a three-day 2021 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, celebrating Asian and Australian literature at the Rechabite in Northbridge
  • The Centre for Stories ($42,465) for its new online journal Portside Review
  • Perth writer Steve Hawke ($29,250), to complete his ninth book Gift Horse.

For more information about the 15k-plus arts grants program see the Government of Western Australia website.



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