Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Program – Committee Members 23-26
Seeking Australian rights managers and publishers to join the VIPs Committee from 23-26.
About the program
The Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program invites international publishers, scouts and literary agents to Australia each year, to showcase Australia’s literary talent, discuss global publishing trends, strengthen cross-cultural relationships, and promote the sale of rights to Australian titles in international markets. The week-long schedule of business meetings, networking events, and industry forum panel discussions is delivered in Sydney across the same dates as the Sydney Writers’ Festival each year.
Since its inception, the program has been delivered in consultation with a Committee of Australian industry representatives, selected on the basis of their extensive industry expertise and international market knowledge. They represent a range of skills and experience across the Australian publishing industry, have strong connections internationally, and are passionate about Australian writers and writing.
Two of our current Committee members Anne Beilby from Text Publishing, and Gaby Naher from Left Bank Literary are concluding their terms this year, and we would like to sincerely thank them for their generous contribution of expertise, enthusiasm and patience across the pandemic disrupted years of the program.
We are seeking two industry representatives to fill their positions on the Committee.
Membership of the Committee comprises a rights manager, a publisher, and a literary agent, with at least one of the Committee members specialising in books for younger readers. With Annabel Barker from Annabel Barker Agency continuing her term as our literary agent representative, we invite applications from publishers and rights managers working in adult fiction and non-fiction (or across lists for both adults and younger readers).
Applications are now open for positions on the Committee for the next three years, with the 2024 program dates of 20-26 May 2024.
If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer.
- selection of the VIPs each year;
- assistance with program planning and events, in particular the industry forum;
- availability for the duration of the program week to host the VIPs in Sydney;
- promoting the program internationally to encourage suitable applications.
An honorarium of $1,500 will be paid to the successful candidates as a contribution towards their work on the program. Return economy airfares to Sydney and accommodation for the program dates will also be covered, along with meals at official VIPs events.
All other costs associated with participation in the VIPs program are the responsibility of the individual.
Further details will be provided to committee members upon invitation.
Who can apply
- Australian rights managers and publishers working in adult fiction and non-fiction (or those working across lists for both adults and younger readers)
Who can’t apply
Your application will be considered ineligible if:
- you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the grant category to which you are applying
- you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
- you owe money to the Australia Council
- it includes requests for funding for activities that have already occurred.
Our staff will assess your application against the published selection criteria and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed.
You will be notified of the outcome of your application approximately six weeks after the closing date.
Expressions of Interest are reviewed against a framework which considers the overall mix of representatives necessary to reflect the Australian publishing industry, including:
- 1. Rights managers and publishers
- 2. Genres and areas of expertise
- 3. A mix of smaller and larger publishing houses
- 4. Geographic spread across states and territories
Applicants are required to respond to the following selection criteria:
- 1. Industry experience and knowledge of international markets
- 2. The contribution you can make to the success of the program
Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.
Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts
All applications involving First Nations artists, communities, or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, and evidence of this must be provided in the application and support material. Read more.
Commonwealth Child Safe Framework
All successful applicants are required to comply with Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will also be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
You must consider how you will promote health and safety and mitigate risk. This includes taking into account the latest Australian Government COVID-19 health and travel advice.
If your application is successful, you will be responsible for your own COVID-19 safety planning and risk management.
No supporting material is required. Please note that you will be unable to attach supporting material to your online application.
You are not required to submit a budget with your application.
If your application is successful, you are responsible for your own COVID-19 safety planning and risk management. This includes taking into account the latest Australian Government COVID-19 health and travel advice.
Applications close: Tuesday 19 September 2023 at 3pm AEST
Program dates: 2023-2026
Location: Online, Sydney
Please note: To apply to Tuesday 19 September closing date you must be registered in our application management system by 4pm AEST on Monday 18 September.
If you have a question, or need help with your application, please call or email us.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately six weeks after the closing date.