Rights Fund for Literature

Key dates 

Round 1: Applications are now closed for Round 1

Round 2 

  • Applications will open for second round in February 2020
  • Applications close: 28 April 2020 (11:59 AEST) for activity from 1 September 2020 – 31 December 2020

Amount: Contributions of $5,000 per successful applicant will be available in two rounds per year.

About the Program

Support is available for literary agents, rights managers and publishers to attend international markets such as book fairs to sell rights in Australian works.

Read our FAQ's


Who may apply:

  • Literary agents, rights managers and publishers representing Australian authors
  • individuals or collectives representing a range of Australian literary titles

What you can apply for:

Support is available for the promotion of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or analytical prose).

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • quality of the works, including the writers involved
  • evidence of the individual or organisation’s thorough planning and ability to carry out the proposal to a high standard
  • individual’s demonstrated experience selling rights

Assessment process

Applications will be assessed by Australia Council staff.

Support Material

The following support material is required: 

  • an indicative itinerary or sample meeting schedule
  • a list of titles in which rights are held
  • biographies of key personnel
  • previous rights guides or catalogues

Download RTF version of these guidelines.


To discuss your application, please contact:

Wenona Byrne, Arts Practice Director - Literature, +61292159031, W.Byrne@australiacouncil.gov.au

Joanne Simpson, Grants Officer, +61292159057, J.Simpson@australiacouncil.gov.au

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