The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

Named in honour of poet, novelist and short story writer Neilma Gantner (1922-2015), the travel fund recognises the unique value of travel in the development of new writing and literary careers.

In partnership with the Myer Foundation, the travel fund opened in 2017 to emerging, midcareer and established Australian writers and literary sector workers. This includes writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, employees and associates of literary organisations and journals, and other literary professionals currently living in Australia.

Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 to $10,000.

Frequently Asked Questions & Terms and Conditions

Key Dates

Round 1 - Closed

Applications open: 24 July 2017 - 21 August 2017

Travel to occur: 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

Round 2 - Closed

Applications open: 1 February 2018 - 1 March 2018

Travel to occur: 1 May 2018 - 30 April 2019

Round 3 - Closed

Applications open: 16 August 2018 - 13 September 2018

Travel to occur: 1 November 2018 - 31 October 2019

Round 4 - Yet to open

Applications open: 1 March 2019 - 29 March 2019

Travel to occur: 1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020

Round 5 - Dates yet to be confirmed

Round 6 - Dates yet to be confirmed


Round 1

Alexandra Collier, Andrew Bovell, Arwen Summers, Bren MacDibble, Eda Gunaydin, Mark O'Flynn, Michael Earp, Michael Green, Robert Dessaix and Vanessa Russell.

Round 2

Bruce Pascoe, Chris Andrews, Damon Young, Ellen van Neerven, Emma Viskic, Janine Mikosza, Jennifer Porter, Jessica Friedmann, Laura Woollett, Louis Klee, Melinda Smith, Rebecca Giggs and Sam Cooney

Round 3

Allison Colpoys, Cassandra Pybus, Christine Sun, Eleanor Limprecht, Josephine Wilson, Katherine Collette, Lauren Chater, Sam Twyford-Moore and Tom Holloway

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