We’re stoked to announce the winner of The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction:

‘Humans Pretending to be Computers Pretending to be Human’, by Oscar Schwartz.

Oscar Schwartz is a writer from Melbourne exploring the relationship between digital technology and literature. He tweets at @scarschwartz, blogs at and has a podcast called The Future is Now.

Oscar’s piece appears in The Lifted Brow #25: The Relaunch Issue, available now from good newsagents or as part of a subscription.

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

We congratulate the shortlisted and longlisted writers.



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.

More details about the prize.