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New York Publishers Program 2025: Adult lists

$5,000 to support Australian rights sellers, literary agents, and publishers of Australian books for adults to travel to New York in March 2025.

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About the opportunity 

Applications are now open to participate in an Australian publishing delegation to New York from 3-7 March 2025.

North America is the largest rights market in the world for Australian books, 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.

This program will provide Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers of Australian works for adults the opportunity to develop their experience in the North American market, extend their networks, and pitch titles to North American editors. Applicants must represent a minimum of six authors.

The delegation will undertake a five-day program of industry meetings, market briefings and networking opportunities. We will work with the delegates to develop a tailored schedule of meetings.

We will support up to eight delegates with $5,000 each towards the cost of participating. Delegates will be responsible for all associated costs including but not limited to visas, flights, accommodation, and travel insurance.

After an evaluation of previous iterations of the program, we regret that we are no longer able to accommodate self-funded delegates.


To discuss your application, please contact Jo Simpson, Senior Officer, Literature Projects on 02 9215 9086 or

Who can apply

Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers representing a minimum of six authors working in the following areas of creative writing are eligible to apply: adult fiction and non-fiction, including graphic novels.

Please check the general eligibility requirements on our website.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for a grant if:

  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to Creative Australia
  • you publish or represent fewer than 6 authors

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.

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

All successful applicants are required to comply with all 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 additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

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.

Applicants are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

  1. Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, North American markets and networks. Demonstrated suitability of your represented books and authors to the North American market. Applications must include an indicative range of the authors (minimum of six) and adult titles you wish to introduce to the North American market.
  2. Professional experience relevant to the aims of the delegation addressing the timeliness of this opportunity. Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver on any international outcomes that may arise.
  3. The impact of participation in this delegation in achieving the aims of your international market development strategy.

The types of questions we ask in the application form include:

  • a response to the selection criteria
  • supporting material as relevant to the application, including an indicative overview of the adult titles you wish to present to the North American market.

You must include an indicative overview of the range of adult titles you wish to introduce to the North American market with your application.

No other supporting material or budget is required.

Additional information

Once you submit your application, we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

After you submit your application, we first check it meets the eligibility criteria for the grant or opportunity to which you are applying.

Applications for this program are assessed by Creative Australia staff, and industry advisers as required, against the published assessment criteria for the relevant grant program.

We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application no later than 6 weeks after the published closing date for the applicable grant round.

Once all applications have been assessed, you will be contacted about the outcome of your application. If you have been successful, you will also be sent a funding agreement. This outlines the conditions of funding, how you will be paid and your grant reporting requirements. The following accordion items outline these stages in more detail.

If your application is successful, you will receive an email advising you a grant is offered. You must then agree to the conditions of your grant, which represents Creative Australia’s contract with you – this can be done online, by email or by letter. Payment of a grant will not be made until the grant conditions have been agreed and accepted by all the relevant parties.

You should not start a project that depends on a grant until all relevant parties have agreed and accepted the grant conditions and we have evidence of such acceptance on file.

Standard grant conditions require you to, among other things:

  • seek prior approval for making a change to a funded project (for example, changes in the activity budget; changes to key creative personnel; or changes to start or end dates)
  • respond to requests for information about the project or grant
  • satisfactorily account for how the grant is spent (if you do not you will be required to return all monies for which you cannot satisfactorily account)
  • comply with all applicable laws
  • acknowledge our support in all promotional material associated with the project; this includes use of the Creative Australia logo and a standard text of acknowledgement.
  • provide artistic and financial acquittal reports at the end of the project
  • return any unspent grant funds at the completion of your project or on notice from us to return such unspent funds.

Grant agreements must be signed by a legal entity – either a legally constituted organisation or an individual. For unincorporated groups, see the section on administered grants.

All individual or organisation grant applicants based in Australia must have an ABN. Individual applicants without an ABN may have their grant administered by an individual or organisation with an ABN. Organisations operating outside of Australia do not need an ABN to apply. Individuals based outside of Australia may not need an ABN to apply, depending on their circumstances (please check with your accountant or tax advisor).

The name of the applicant must match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account into which we pay the funds. There are no exceptions to this rule. If applicants cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant’s name, they will need to nominate an administrator for their grant.

Groups/ensembles/collectives, unincorporated associations/ unincorporated entities and other bodies with no legal status do not need an administrator if they have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and bank account in their name. If they are unable to provide an active ABN and bank account that matches the name of the applicant, they must nominate an administrator. The name of the administrator must match the name of the ABN and bank account into which funds are paid if the application is successful.

If we approve your application you will need accept the conditions of the grant in a funding agreement.

After you accept your funding agreement online, we will automatically generate a payment for the grant on your behalf. You do not need to send us an invoice.

We will pay grant funds directly into your nominated bank account within two weeks after acceptance of the funding agreement. Grant payments cannot be postponed.

If you do not wish to have the grant funds paid directly into your bank account you can choose to have your grant administered by another individual or legally constituted organisation (Doesn’t apply to Arts Projects – Organisations).

When you apply, you will be asked to provide an active Australian Business Number or ‘ABN’. The ABN that you provide must correspond to the name of the applicant (or the administering body, if one has been nominated). When you accept your funding agreement, you will be asked to enter the details of the bank account you wish the grant to be paid into. The name associated with that bank account must correspond to the name in which the ABN has been registered.

Grant reports are required on completion of your project. Acquitting a grant means accurately reporting on the funded activities and the expenditure of Creative Australia funding.

Please read your funding agreement to check details of the grant acquittal material you should provide.

The grant acquittal report is where you tell us:

  • how you spent your grant
  • what the artistic outcomes of your funded activity were.

If you do not provide a satisfactory grant report at the times and in the manner detailed in your funding agreement, we will not make any further payments that may be due to you, and you will not be eligible  to apply for further grants.

If you do not provide a satisfactory grant report, we may ask you to pay back all or part of the funding provided to you.

We use grant reports to fulfil obligations of accountability to the Australian Government. They are also essential to the development work of Creative Australia. The reports help us evaluate the achievements of funded activities, monitor the effectiveness of grant categories and ensure our policy development is consistent with the experience of artists in the field.

Reporting for Multi-year Funded Organisations

Organisations in receipt of multi-year funding are required to submit financial, statistical, and artistic reporting on an annual basis.

All reporting is submitted online via our arts organisations reporting system.

If you are not sure what reporting you need to submit as part of your annual reporting, or what information to provide, please get in touch.

All recipients must acknowledge that Creative Australia provided funding for their activities. When you acquit your grant, we will ask you how you acknowledged us.

For printed or online material use our logo and this phrase:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body. OR,

(Company Name) is assisted by the Australian Government through the Creative Australia, its prinicipal arts investment and advisory body.

Logos for download.

Where projects do not have a public outcome, or do not produce any printed or online material, you will need to think about how best to acknowledge Creative Australia funding.