India Literature Exploratory
Event dates: 20 – 27 January 2020
Applications close: 3 September 2019
Notification: Mid September 2019
About the opportunity
The Australia Council now invites applications from Australian literature and publishing sector professionals to attend key literature and networking platforms in India in January 2020.
The Australia Council will lead a gathering of four Australian literature and publishing sector professionals; including publishers, commissioning editors, literary magazine editors, curators of writers’ centres and literature festivals, programmers of words and ideas programs and for the first time writers on a week long research, engagement and networking program in India. To best leverage the trip, writers intending to apply must confirm that their work is published and available for purchase in India.
The core program will include an introduction to the literary landscape of Delhi; Jaipur Bookmark and Jaipur Literary Festival. There will be an allied program of customised meetings and networking engagements tailored to the interests of the specific individual/organisation designed in close collaboration with the successful applicant.
This program organised by the Australia Council, and supported by the Australian High Commission in India, is committed to fostering people to people links for ethical collaboration and connection between Australian and Indian literature and publishing sectors.
Outcomes from previous delegations have included:
- Programming outcomes for Indian writers at Melbourne Writers Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Adelaide Writers’ Week, Newcastle Writers Festival and Byron Writers Festival;
- Collaborations and exchanges between Australia and Indian publishing houses; and
- Rights sales of Australian and Indian work.
Rights sales have been a positive outcome of previous programs, however, the Australia Council’s broader ambition is to build rich and reciprocal cultural exchanges between both countries.
The Australia Council will provide each successful applicant with a grant of $3,000 to assist with travel expenses and accommodation. These delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the meeting including international flights, visas, insurance, and accommodation.
The Australia Council also recommends the following dynamic cultural gatherings in India during that time of year for applicants interested in extending their stay at their own expense:
- Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, 4 – 12 February 2020
- International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Thrissur, 20 – 29 January 2020
- Kolkata Literary Festival, Kolkata, 18 – 20 January 2020
- Kerala Literature Festival, Kozhikode, 16 – 19 January 2020
The Australia Council, in addition to the travel grants, will arrange and cover costs for:
- Internal economy class flights between Delhi and Jaipur and ground transport to programmed events;
- Registration to festivals and events in the core program;
The Australia Council will support up to four participants with $3,000 towards the cost of a return flight from Australia to India, accommodation, visa and travel insurance. Any additional travel, living away from home costs, additional accommodation costs and all other incidental costs are the responsibility of individual participants.
Australian literature and publishing sector professionals; including publishers, commissioning editors, literary magazine editors, curators of writers’ centres and literature festivals, programmers of words and ideas programs and for the first time writers are eligible to apply. Please note that writers intending to apply must confirm that their work is published and available for purchase in India.
Participants of prior India Literature Exploratory delegations will need to supply additional information on the outcomes from their previous attendance to be competitive for this opportunity.
Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.
You are required to respond to the following selection criteria:
- The impact of the opportunity in developing your engagement or your organisation’s engagement with the literature and publishing sector in India.
- A demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, cultural exchange and reciprocal relationship building within the South and South East Asia regions.
- A proven commitment to capacity building, cultural exchange and/or audience development with Australia’s South and South East Asian diaspora communities.
- The timeliness of this opportunity and demonstrated ability to plan and deliver on any international outcomes that may arise.
Diversity and access
The Australia Council encourages applications from applicants who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas.
The Australia Council’s programs and processes are designed for accessibility and best use by a diverse demographic. We work with individual applicants to find the best approach to accommodating access, childcare, carer and other support needs. Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the closing date to discuss your access and support requirements.
No supporting material or submitted budget is required.
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 September 2019.
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.
How to submit an application
Click on the ‘Apply Now' button at the bottom of this page. Applications must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online Application Management System (AMS).
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Make sure you register well before the closing date. It can take up to two business days to process your registration.
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Note: Applications to International Development funding opportunities do not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.
If you are applying as an organisation, please specify the staff member(s) who will participate in this activity as part of your application. If this changes, please notify us as early as possible as this may affect the status of your application.
For any questions in relation to the program, please contact Nithya Nagarajan, International Market Adviser, South/East Asia on (02) 9215 9324 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org