GC O'Donnell Copyright Essay Prize

The Trustees of the GC O’Donnell Biennial Prize Trust are pleased to announce the 2019 GC O’Donnell Copyright Essay Prize. The Competition is in honour of the late Gustaf (Gus) Charles O’Donnell, author and founder of the Australian Copyright Council and leading thinker on copyright in Australia. A prize of $3,500 will be awarded to the author of an essay displaying original thinking on a topic of the author’s choice in relation to copyright and the protection of the interests of authors. The competition is open to any interested persons including authors, lawyers and students.



1. Entries must be unpublished essays. They must be the original work of the author. They may be on any topic regarding copyright and the protection of the interests of authors. The winning entry is likely to exhibit original ideas on issues of practical importance in copyright or on copyright theory. 

2. Entries should be a minimum of 5,000 and a maximum of 10,000 words in length.

3. Entries can be sent in either digital format, clearly marked with the author’s name in the subject line to info@copyright.org.au, OR in print format to PO Box 1986, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012. All print entries are to be on A4 paper, typed and double-spaced.  The original and two copies should be submitted. The name of the author, a short biography and a summary of the essay (50 to 100 words) should be included either as a separate attachment or on a detachable page. The author’s name should not appear on the essay or its copies. Essays submitted in print format will not be returned.

4. The entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the Board of the Australian Copyright Council. The Board may elect not to award the prize if no entry is of a sufficient standard.

5. The prize will be $3,500. 

6The prize will be awarded at the Copyright Law and Practice Symposium dinner, to be held in Sydney on the night of 22 October 2019.

7. The winning essay will be published in the Copyright Reporter, the journal of the Copyright Society of Australia.

8. Entrants  shall  retain  copyright  in  their  essays.  Where entries are received in electronic format, entrants shall grant the Australian Copyright Council the right to reproduce and communicate the essay for judging purposes. The winning entry shall grant the Copyright Society of Australia a non-exclusive licence to publish the essay in all formats. 

9. Entries must be received by 5pm, Friday 20 September 2019.

Entries should be sent to: Australian Copyright Council, PO Box 1986, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012.
T: +61 2 9101 2377 E: info@copyright.org.au