Copyright Agency will help launch The Big Issue’s Fiction Edition this week, as the national publication reaches its 10th year of supporting Australian fiction writers.

2014 marks the 5th consecutive year the Copyright Agency has sponsored the Fiction Edition through its Cultural Fund. The sponsorship has enabled The Big Issue to print 16 extra pages in the special issue.

A total of 12 stories have been ‘blind’ selected by the judges from more than 400 submitted by established and emerging authors across Australia. This year, the stories centre on the theme, ‘Take Me Away’ and NSW artist Michel Streich has provided the illustrations.

Special launches will be held this week as part of the Melbourne and Brisbane writers’ festivals, where representatives of the Copyright Agency will launch the Fiction Edition alongside The Big Issue’s Editor, Alan Attwood and a panel of contributors.

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund supports a wide variety of projects assisting writers, artists, publishers and the Australian cultural community to deliver new work and fresh initiatives. Copyright Agency’s members allocate 1.5 per cent of the company’s income to the fund each year. Since 1995, the fund has provided more than $12 million to Australia’s cultural sector.

The Big Issue’s Fiction Edition will be available nationally until 12 September.