Visiting International Publishers 2017

2017 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Program: Registration now open, and meet our new VIPs!

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce three new guests joining the 2017 VIPs program:

  • Mr Adrian Searle, Publisher at Freight Books – Scotland
  • Ms Yuan Nan, Vice President of the Publishing Department and Senior Editor at Phoenix Publishing & Media Inc – China
  • Ms Wu Yingying, Editor at Yilin Press, Phoenix Publishing & Media Inc – China

Click here to view their details, and the full list of 2017 VIPs participants.

The new guests join the 14 international publishers, editors, agents, and scouts announced in early March, who’ll be participating in the 2017 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Program in May.

The 2017 VIPs represent a broad range of territories, countries, genres and formats; boutique and multinational publishers; those who are authors themselves (in children’s and non-fiction writing); thoroughly experienced senior editors (in English-language and translation markets); representatives of both emerging and established markets; and those with a particular focus on diversity and First Nations writing. Countries represented include China, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Click here to read the media release.

The selection of this year’s participants was made by the VIPs Committee, in collaboration with Australia Council staff.

Registration now open!

Registration is now open for all meetings and events in the 2017 program, with the full schedule available via the link below. Please refer to these details carefully.

Due to the high demand for meetings, registration is open to Australian publishers or literary agents who publish or represent literary titles, in the areas of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry or children’s books (i.e. creative writing). Publishers primarily involved in educational or reference books and/or other non-literary titles, self-publishers, printers, and distributors, are requested not to register for the 1:1 business meetings, and attend the industry forum sessions and networking functions instead.

Places for all sessions are limited: register early to avoid disappointment!

Registration closes on Thursday 13 April 2017.

Click here to view the full program.

Click here to register.

About the program

The Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Program supports international publishers, scouts and literary agents to participate in an intensive week-long schedule of business meetings, networking events, industry forums, writers’ festival events, and panel discussions with Australian publishers and agents. It provides the visiting delegation with the opportunity to immerse themselves in Australia’s unique literary culture, share insights into global publishing trends, strengthen relationships with their Australian counterparts, and expand opportunities for Australian authors overseas through sales of Australian titles into international markets. The program will be held in conjunction with the Sydney Writers’ Festival from 22-28 May 2017.

Click here to find out more from the 2016 program, or view the VIPs alumni here.


For more information on the 2017 VIPs program or activities, please contact Karen Le Roy on 02 9215 9054 or

The 2017 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Program is delivered in partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

2017 VIPs Commitee

2017 VIPs Commitee

The Australia Council is pleased to announce the new committee of industry representatives for the 2017 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program.

2017 VIPs Expression of Interest

2017 VIPs Expression of Interest

The VIPs program strengthens relationships between Australian publishers and agents and their international counterparts, showcases Australia’s literary talent, and promotes the sale of Australian titles in international markets.

2015 VIPs

2015 VIPs

Click here for more information from the past 2015 program, or view the VIPs alumni here.

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