AustLit aims to include the bibliographic history and, where possible, links to the full text of creative Australian literature: fiction, drama, poetry, children's and young adult literature, travel writing, autobiography, memoir, biography, essays, Indigenous life stories and oral history.
AustLit also covers critical material on Australian literary works, creative writers and critics, on Australian literature in general and biographical material about Australian writers and other significant figures in Australian literature. Material is also included about organisations concerned with the development and production of Australian literature and its distribution such as publishers, distributors, literary agencies, magazines, journals and newspapers, writers' groups, writer's festivals and the Literature Board of the Australia Council.
Information relating to Australian awards, prizes and literature funding, and manuscripts can also be found here.
Does your work qualify for inclusion?
To be included in AustLit as an author, illustrator or translator, your work must have been published either in book form, or in a journal, magazine or newspaper. Playwrights and screenwriters who have had their work produced are also eligible for inclusion. The kind of writing you do must fall within AustLit's scope for inclusion.
Selective or minimal coverage
If it is 'non-literary', non-fiction by Australian authors is either not included in AustLit or is covered only minimally. Examples of minimally covered material include:
- works of an unambiguously political, historical, economic, sociological, practical or scientific nature
- textbooks, guidebooks and information books
- columns and feature articles in newspapers with social or personal comment or opinion that are primarily journalistic in nature and not distinguished as literary by editorial comment
- works focusing on the broader areas of Australian studies, culture and language
International works are either not included in AustLit or covered minimally.
Examples of minimally covered material include:
- works that meet the criteria for inclusion in an AustLit research project
- works that have a relationship to an Australian work
Works written by authors before they arrived in Australia or after they left Australia (especially authors who were born in a country other than Australia) may appear inconsistently across the database due to changes in policy across AustLit's lifetime. Please contact us if you want further information about a particular author.
AustLit covers organisations that publish, represent, and financially support Australian authors:
- Australian publishers, including multinational publishers with a publishing base in Australia
- Australian authors' groups and societies, such as the Australian Society of Authors
- film and theatre production companies, such as Southern Star
- writers' centres in the states and territories, such as the Victorian Writers' Centre
- literary agencies, including multinational agencies with a local base in Australia
- arts and cultural organisations, such as the Literature Board of the Australia Council
- arts and literary festivals, such as the Brisbane Writers' Festival
AustLit aims to provide access to high quality online resources such as web-based journals and texts. Sites by and about Australian authors, publisher sites, and organisations relevant to Australian literary and print culture will be indexed. We also link to the National Library's PANDORA project.
While we cannot vouch for the longevity or validity of the contents of indexed websites or e-publications, online resources recorded on AustLit conform as far as we can ascertain to the following standards:
- provide access to accurate information, either current or with retrospective validity
- allow links from other services
- follow accepted privacy and practice guidelines
- not breach copyright provisions
- not include any potentially defamatory material, inappropriate material or any other legally questionable content