After announcing the longlist a couple of weeks ago, we are now thrrrrrilled to announce the shortlist for The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction. Five writers have made the shortlist. The winner will be announced at our launch party in March, and published in issue 25 of our print magazine The Lifted Brow, also out in mid-March. 

We thank our judges: Rebecca Giggs, John D’Agata and Mallory Ortberg.

The shortlist is below.



‘Flaming June - Still Life and the Anthroposcene’
—Sophia O'Rourke

'Music Begins Where the Possibilities of Language Ends’
—Scott Sandwich

'Thought Experiment’
—Harry Saddler

'Humans Pretending to be Computers Pretending to be Human’
—Oscar Schwartz

—Caroline Crew


In conjunction with the relaunch of our print magazine The Lifted Brow in March 2015, this prize is looking to unearth new, audacious, authentic and/or inauthentic voices from both Australia and the world.

We applaud the current focus and fascination with boundary-pushing non-fiction writing that is published online, but we still believe there’s scope to experiment on the page, using true facts, words from life, journals, journalism, collage, theory, tricks, arguments, etc. The essay, as the end of experience, is a malleable form, and we want to celebrate that with this prize.

The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction seeks work that is unlike any other. We want to hear from writers we’ve never read before, and we want writers we already know and love to challenge themselves to create work unlike any they’ve previously produced.

More details about the prize.