We have decided to vary our usual procedure and include an editorial for this issue since Australian Literary Studies is at a point at which it faces a number of crucial decisions. The source of our predicament is the decision of the members of the current Literature Fund of the Australia Council to withdraw the funding which had sustained the journal for thirty-three years since its inception in 1963.

The Fund and its predecessors have always hitherto respected the fact that ALS represents a special case. Through the number of its subscribers; the wide overseas distribution of such subscribers; the fact that as most subscribers are teachers and students in the Australian literature field their voices are heard by many; and through the existence of the best selected bibliography in Australian literary studies, ALS has served a valuable role as a promoter of Australian literature and its criticism.

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Published 1 October 1997 in Volume 18 No. 2. Subjects: Australian literature - Funding & patronage.

Cite as: Duwell, Martin and Laurie Hergenhan. ‘Editorial.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, 1997, doi: 10.20314/als.f2479445b3.