Literary Community,  National

  • Australia Council for the Arts
 is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. They support Australia’s arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector.
  • Australian Writers Marketplace – a regularly updated directory of agents, courses and competitions available for an annual fee.
  • The Australian Society of Authors provide a range of free and low cost resources covering writing and publishing, and offer services including contract advice.
  • Asia Pacific Writers Network aim to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, to fight for freedom of speech, work for good understanding and respect between nations and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace in one world.
  • The Australian Writers’ Guild is the professional association for Australian performance writers including film, television, theatre, radio and digital media. Established by a group of radio writers in 1962, the Guild has an almost 50 year history of representing the professional interests of Australian performance writers.
  • BlackWords is the most comprehensive record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander publications available. It covers all forms of creative writing, film, television, criticism and scholarship, both by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and literary cultures.
  • Illustrators Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to strengthen the illustration community while giving their professional, practising members the tools they need to develop fair and fulfilling relationships with their clients.
  • The Children’s Book Council of Australia are best known for their ‘best books’ shortlist each year, but also strive to promote quality literature to young Australians and to support Australian writers and illustrators of children’s books.
  • The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous children living in remote and isolated regions.
  • Express Media provides support and development opportunities for young people in writing and media, and produces Voiceworks magazine.
  • The Australasian Association of Writing Programs exists to provide a forum for discussion on all aspects of teaching creative and professional writing as well as current theories on creativity and writing, and to improve the quality of programs across the country.
  • Australian Copyright Council represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies.
  • The Australian Publishers Association‘s role is to protect and promote the interests of Australian publishers. To do this, we lobby government to ensure publishers’ interests are defended on defamation, copyright, competition policy and taxation. Additionally, in 2004, the APA launched a one-stop website where booksellers can  check the RRP and stock level for any book distributed in Australia.
  • Is there one page to discovery who is winning Literary Awards both within Australia and the rest of the world – there is now!
  • Australian Horror Writers Association formed unofficially in 2003 as a way of providing a unified voice and a sense of community for Australian writers of dark fiction, while helping the development and evolution of this genre within Australia.
  • Australian Poetry, housed at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, is an amalgamation of  the Australian Poetry Centre and Poets Union, with a charter to promote and support Australian poets and poetry locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Australian Society of Travel Writers is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting ethical and honest travel, and the unbiased reporting of it; since its founding in 1975, it has become the most highly respected travel media body in Australia.
  • Romance Writers of Australia pursue their mission to promote excellence in romantic fiction, to help aspiring writers become published and published authors to maintain and establish their careers, and to provide continuing support for romance writers – whatever their genre – within the romance publishing industry.
  • The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.