Travel Fund for Literature

Australia Council Response Package

The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.

With immediate effect, we have suspended many of our investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate our efforts on responding to the crisis situation faced by our artists and arts organisations. 

If you have submitted an application we will be in touch in the coming days.

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Amount: Contributions of $5,000 per successful applicant are available.

About the fund

Individuals or international literary organisations may apply to support authors to travel to attend events or activities associated with publication and promotion of their work overseas. The proposal should include a program of activities designed to engage international readers and literary audiences.

This funding may assist with international air fares and other travel costs associated with participation in literary festivals, book tours or other promotional events.

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Who may apply:

  • Published Australian authors and illustrators of literary works. 
  • International literary organisations including festivals and publishers.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • quality of the work
  • timeliness of the opportunity 
  • significance and range of activities planned 
  • the likely impact of the proposed activities on the author or illustrator’s career 
  • the level of publisher or international literary organisation’s support

Assessment process

Applications will be assessed by Australia Council staff.

Support Material

The following support material is required: 

  • a letter of invitation from the literary organisation
  • a biography of the author
  • up to 10 pages of your work, preferably from the work/s to be internationally promoted/published

Download the RTF version of these guidelines.


To discuss your application, please contact:

Wenona Byrne, Arts Practice Director - Literature, +61292159031,

Joanne Simpson, Grants Officer, +61292159057,

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