Announcing the winner of the 2018 Prize for Experimental Non-fiction


It's finally time to reveal the winner and runner ups of this year's The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction.

Before we do, we would like to thank our talented judges, Nadja Spiegelman, Ander Monson, and Ellena Savage, and again acknowledge the nine incredible pieces that made it to our 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’

We're thrilled to announce that the winner of this year's Prize for Experimental Non-fiction is Eloise Grills for her piece ‘big beautiful female theory’.

Eloise wins $5000 and publication in Issue 39 of The Lifted Brow, which is out 3 September (next Monday). Pre-order a copy online, find it at your local stockist, or subscribe to save some dollarydoos.


Image from ‘big beautiful female theory’ by Eloise Grills


First runner up is Cassandra Rockwood-Rice for her piece ‘Root Bed’. Second runner up is shared between Jessie Berry-Porter for ‘To Un Fold A Body Of Small Talks’ and Bella Klaver for ‘we need to talk about Antarctica’.

Huge congratulations to Eloise, Cassandra, Jessie and Bella, and a big thank you to everyone who submitted and gave us a chance to read your work.




About the prize:

The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction is an annual writing prize that aims to unearth new, audacious, authentic and/or inauthentic voices from both Australia and the world.

The prize opens every year in March and entries close the end of May. Writers can submit pieces up to 5000 words or equivalent.




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.