Welcome to the Australian Literary Agents’ Association!

The Australian Literary Agents’ Association was formed in 2003 in order to provide a public presence and a point of contact for Australian literary agencies and their staff.

What do literary agents do?

They seek outlets for the work of writers they represent, and oversee the contract relationships between authors and those who use their work — book and magazine publishers, film, theatre, radio and television producers, and others. They see that their authors get a fair and profitable deal. They are especially concerned with publishers’ advances, the way publishers promote their authors, overseas rights, translation rights, film rights and opportunities, and many other detailed contract matters.

Members of the Association are obliged to adhere to the principles outlined in the code of practice.

This Internet site presents the ALAA to the public. Follow the links at the top of the page to see a list of members. The contacting an agent page tells writers how to find a suitable literary agent and how to present their writing to best advantage. The useful links page offers a list of links to dozens of literary contacts in Australia including writers’ organisations, writers’ centres and manuscript assessment services. And the literary events page will give you an overview of the many events and festivals around Australia.