Publishing

Publishing subsidies are available to individuals, collectives, institutions or publishing companies for publishing projects that: 

  • Demonstrate literary or artistic excellence 
  • Contribute to New Zealand’s cultural life 
  • Contribute to New Zealand arts development through critical discourse 

Strong publishing projects: 

  • Involve New Zealand writers, illustrators or artists 
  • Involve editors and designers who have a track record of producing high-quality work 
  • Have cost effective ways to produce, distribute and promote the work 
  • Can demonstrate that funding is necessary to make the project financially viable 

Applications to support artform publications – i.e. publications about New Zealand arts and artists – should be made under the relevant artform. 

How many publications can I apply for? 

  • Arts Grants: up to five print publications, journals, e-books and/or audiobooks per funding application, up to two applications per year. 
  • Annual Arts Grants: between four and ten print publications, journals, e-books and/or audiobooks per annual application. Please check your eligibility for Annual Arts Grants before applying. 
  • Toi Uru Kahikatea: between four and ten print publications, journals, e-books and/or audiobooks per year. 

What publishing costs can I apply for? 

Standard format publications and children’s picture books: up to $5,000 

A publishing subsidy is available for the production, marketing and distribution costs of print publications, journals and e-books. You can apply for an additional subsidy up to $5,000 if the publication is: 

  • in te reo Māori or a language of the Pasifika peoples of New Zealand 
  • a non-fiction work 
  • an artform publication. 

Audiobooks: up to $5,000  

A publishing subsidy is available for the production, marketing and distribution costs of audiobooks. You can apply for an additional subsidy support up to $5,000 if the audiobook: 

  • requires significant cultural knowledge and language skills i.e. is in te reo Māori or a language of the Pasifika peoples of New Zealand 
  • is long i.e. over 10 hours duration 

Large format, heavily illustrated publications: up to $12,000 

A publishing subsidy is available for the production, marketing and distribution costs of large format, heavily illustrated print publications, journals and e-books. 

You can apply for additional support up to $12,000 if the publication is: 

  • in te reo Māori or a language of the Pasifika peoples of New Zealand 
  • a non-fiction work 
  • an artform publication. 

You can also apply for fees for independent editors and writers if the publication is: 

  • an artform publication 
  • a print or online journal with multiple contributors 
  • a multi-author anthology 

You can also apply for: 

  • Te reo translation 
  • Audience/market development activities that achieve funding programme outcomes.  

A strong application would include: 

  • a sample of the manuscript or page proofs 
  • an audio sample, if applying for an audiobook 
  • reviews and sales data from previous publications 
  • confirmation of a publishing partnership, if applicable 
  • an explanation of how the author will be compensated (e.g. royalties, fees, licenses agreements, etc.) or a copy of the contract with the author 
  • information about, and confirmation from, contributors 
  • evidence that you have permission to use any copyright or licensed material 
  • information about the format and print specifications of the publication (e.g. a print quote and a design quote) 
  • a production timeline 
  • a distribution strategy that clearly identifies: 
    • the market for the work 
    • the size of print run 
    • how the publication will be promoted and distributed, and to whom 
    • the number of complimentary copies and who you intend to give them to 
    • the number of copies for sale, whether through informal or established distribution channels 
    • the retail price (if applicable) 
  • a budget that reflects all project expenses and income, including any expected sales income for the first 12 months, if the publication is to be sold 
  • for music publishers, confirmation of whether you are a member of APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) or AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society).