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Authors, literary orgs among latest Cultural Fund recipients

The Copyright Agency has announced the 22 successful recipients of a total $715,522 in funding from its Cultural Fund, as well as the five writer and visual artist recipients of its Create Grants, totalling $100,000.

Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says the pandemic has significantly impacted the writing and arts communities, and ‘the latest round of funding aims to assist Australian writers and artists through essential grants to our key industry trade associations, supporting important publication and promotional opportunities, and directly supporting the creation of works.’

Among the applicants funded are the following literature-related projects:

Multi-year funding

  • Miles Franklin Literary Award: $32,500 in 2021/22, then $37,500 each year for two years
  • NT Writers’ Centre: $22,000 in 2021/22, $17,422 in 2022/23 and $22,000 in 2023/24 for three years of the Chief Minister’s NT Book Award
  • State Library of Queensland: $40,500 per year for two years of Black&Write! editor training


  • Australian Booksellers Association: $20,000 for its campaign to promote Australian books ‘missed during Covid’
  • Australian Library and Information Association: $25,000 for the virtual events for Australian Reading Hour 2022
  • Australian Poetry: $15,000 for Australian Poets Festival 2022
  • Australian Publishers Association: $25,000 for its conference ‘Book Up 2022: What next for the Australian book industry?’ which aims to ‘examine issues such as Covid, sustainability and the challenges of new technology to identify new opportunities for publishers’
  • 100 Story Building: $9980 for author/illustrator masterclasses for children’s writing, editing and publishing program
  • Tablo: $10,000 to commission Australian women writers for Tablo Tales literary imprint series, and to support Ali Cobby Eckermann’s verse novel
  • The Institute of Professional Editors: $11,000 for an author/editor series
  • University of South Australia: $12,000 for Australian Women Writing the Natural World
  • University of Technology Australia: $40,000 for Copyright Agency New Writer in Residence 2022
  • Writing WA: $9,150 for Love to Read Local Week 2022 and author events program.


  • Griffith Review: $30,000 for Emerging Longform Voices Award 2022
  • Island magazine: $17,000 towards better payment for writers and two major literary prizes

Create Grants ($20,000 each)

  • Sophie Cunningham, for her nonfiction work ‘The Time Machines: In search of Australia’s oldest trees’
  • Andy Jackson, for his essays ‘Hunches’
  • Gayle Kennedy, for her memoir
  • Mirandi Riwoe, for her fiction work ‘Sunbirds’.

For more information and to view the full list of recipients, see the Copyright Agency website.


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