Literature

The Australia Council for the Arts supports the excellence, diversity and vitality of Australian literature. 

We support the creation and development of new work through grants directly to writers and to the publishing industry, literary magazines and journals. We also provide grants to organisations and programs that contribute to the skills and professional development of Australian writers and the development and presentation of their work. 

The Australia Council for the Arts recognises the importance of the promotion of the work by Australian writers both nationally and internationally to ensure Australia is recognised for its great artists and its quality contemporary writing. We also invest in the development of a vibrant literary culture for all Australians. 


The Australia Council for the Arts supports the excellence, diversity and vitality of Australian literature.

Bruce Pascoe (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

A man of many talents, Bruce Pascoe has had a varied career as a school teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. He is the author of a number of books including Fog a Dox (2012), which won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

A Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond, Bruce is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission.

The Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, formerly the Writers’ Emeritus Award, acknowledges the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to Australian literature.  

Past award recipients include  Kate Grenville (2017), David Malouf AO (2016), Thomas Keneally AO (2015), Frank Moorhouse AM (2013) and Herb Wharton (2012). 

Highlights

2017 Featured Grants

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