Announcing the 2018 Prize for Experimental Non-fiction shortlist


Last month we revealed the longlist for this year's The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction. Now, after careful deliberation, we are thrilled to announce the shortlist, which totals nine pieces.

Before we reveal the 2018 shortlist, we would like to acknowledge again the sixteen excellent pieces that made up our longlist:

  • jessie berry-porter – ‘To Un Fold A Body Of Small Talks’
  • Eloise Grills – ‘big beautiful female theory’
  • Harley Hefford – ‘How To Eat Protein And Eliminate Sadness’
  • Emily Kellogg – ‘List of the Affected’
  • Ashley Lee – ‘Occupy’
  • Kylie Maslen – ‘I'm trying to tell you I'm not okay’
  • Stella Maynard – ‘musk’
  • Harriet McInerney – ‘Bad Weather’
  • Emily Meller – ‘Blueprint for a Theory of the Teen Girl’s Best Friend’
  • Nikkola Mikocki-Bleeker – ‘Provision’
  • Georgia Mill – ‘Lines of psychogeography, pain and the body’
  • S.J. Norman – ‘Blood from a Stone’
  • Bella Klaver – ‘we need to talk about Antarctica’
  • Ursula Robinson-Shaw – ‘Organ Speech’
  • Cassandra Rockwood-Rice – ‘Root Bed’
  • Mira Schlosberg – ‘Dick Talk’

We're delighted to say that the following pieces have made the 2018 shortlist:

  • Ashley Lee – ‘Occupy’
  • Emily Kellogg – ‘List of the Affected’
  • Eloise Grills – ‘big beautiful female theory’
  • Cassandra Rockwood-Rice – ‘Root Bed’
  • Harriet McInerney – ‘Bad Weather’
  • Mira Schlosberg – ‘Dick Talk’
  • Bella Klaver – ‘we need to talk about Antarctica’
  • jessie berry-porter – ‘To Un Fold A Body Of Small Talks’
  • Nikkola Mikocki-Bleeker – ‘Provision’

Congratulations to everyone shortlisted! The winner of this year's Prize for Experimental Non-fiction will receive AUD $5000 and publication in The Lifted Brow. Two runner ups will also receive AUD $500 and discussion with our editors with regard to their pieces.

We will be announcing the winner and runner ups in the near future, so stay tuned for more exciting news.




We would like to thank all our fantastic readers for donating their time and minds to help whittle the hundreds of entries down. And we'd also like to thank our judges, Nadja Spiegelman, Ander Monson, and Ellena Savage, who are deciding the winners of this year's prize.

Our prize would not exist without the generosity the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund as well as RMIT’s non/fictionLab. We thank both of these bodies for their ongoing support.