New York Publishing Delegation Program 2018

Event dates:  4-8 June 2018

Amount:  $2,000

Expressions of Interest close:  Midnight, Tuesday 23 January 2018AEDT

Notification:  Late February 2018

About the opportunity

North America is the largest rights market in the world for Australian publishers and rights sellers, with New York at the heart of its publishing industry. It is also the hub for one of the world's largest communities of literary agents and scouts.

Expressions of Interest are now open for participants in an Australian literature delegation to travel to New York from 4-8 June 2018.

The delegation will undertake a five day program of industry meetings, market briefings and networking opportunities. The program will provide Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers with the opportunity to gain experience in the North American market, extend their networks and pitch titles to North American editors.

Successful participants may wish to travel earlier in order to attend the New York Rights Fair which takes place from 30 May - 1 June. More information can be found at

The Australia Council’s International Development Consultant, North America, and Arts Practice Director, Literature, will work with each delegate to develop a tailored program of meetings.

The Australia Council will support six delegates with $2,000 towards the cost of a return flight from Australia to New York, and will arrange and pay for accommodation during the program.

Delegates will be responsible for covering the cost of meals and ground transport in New York, as well as visas and travel insurance. Any additional travel, accommodation, living away from home or other incidental costs are the responsibility of individual delegates. Cost of attendance at the New York Rights Fair will be the responsibility of the participants.


Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers working in trade publishing in the areas of children’s books (including young adult), fiction and non-fiction are eligible to apply.

First Nation Australians and publishers of First Nations Australian writers are encouraged to apply.

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

1.  The impact of participation in this delegation in developing future international opportunities and enhancing international reputation.

2.  Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, North American markets and networks including demonstrated suitability of your represented books and authors to the North American market. Expressions of interest should include an indicative sample of the titles you wish to introduce to the North American market.

3.  The timeliness of this opportunity and a demonstrated ability to plan and deliver on any international outcomes that may arise.

Supporting material

No supporting material or submitted budget is required. Please note that applicants will be unable to attach supporting material to your online application.

Selection process

Australia Council staff will consider expressions of interest according to the selection criteria above and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed.

You will be informed of the outcome of your Expression of Interest by late February 2018.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system . To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Note, this is an Expression of Interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

Changes to grants payments

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

Important information for administered grants

If you plan to have your grant administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.

Submit an EOI


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Sabina Finnern, Project Officer, International Projects on 02 9215 9046 or

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