New York Publishers’ Program

Applications are now closed.

Event dates:  9-13 September 2019

Amount:  $3,000

Applications close:  Midnight, Tuesday 21 May 2019 AEST

Notification:  Mid-June 2019

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.

Applications are now open for participants in an Australian literature delegation to travel to New York from 9-13 September 2019.

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.

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

Delegates may wish to extend their travel in order to attend the Brooklyn Book Festival which takes place from 16-23 September 2019. More information on the festival can be found at

The Australia Council will support eight delegates with $3,000 towards the cost of participating in the delegation. Delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with participation in the delegation, including flights, accommodation, visas, travel insurance, ground transport, meals and incidentals, and tickets to events.


Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers working in the following areas of creative writing are eligible to apply:fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry and/or children’s books (including young adult).

First Nations 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. Applications 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 the online application.

Selection process

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

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by mid-June 2019.

How to submit an application

Applications must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online application management system.

Note, applications to International Development funding opportunities do 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.


To discuss your application, please contact Karen Le Roy, International Market Adviser – North America on 02 9215 9054 or

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