The 2018 PRIZE FOR EXPERIMENTAL NON-FICTION, brought to you by the lifted brow and rmit's non/fictionlab
This prize 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.
First prize is AU$5000 + publication in The Lifted Brow
Two runners-up will each receive AU$500 and discussion with editors w/r/t publication of their pieces
Nadja Spiegelman, Ander Monson and Ellena Savage
May 31st, 2018
WORD LIMIT:5000 words
Submissions to this prize need to be able to be published on the printed page. We applaud the current focus and fascination with boundary-pushing non-fiction that is published online, but we still believe there’s scope to further experiment on the page, using facts, maybe-facts, words from life, journals, journalism, collage, theory, photography, illustration, tricks, arguments, etc. The essay, as the end of experience, is a malleable form, and we want to celebrate that with this prize.
What is ‘experimental non-fiction’? Like all non-fiction writing it is steeped in facts, real events and real people, with the aim of communicating information, argument, and truth. It differs from traditional non-fiction in that it tries to convey its meaning using unorthodox form, or style, or voice, or point-of-view, or etc. The best pieces of experimental non-fiction are those in which any unorthodox element deepens the meaning and authenticity of the subject matter.
Nadja Spiegelman is the author of the memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This. The daughter of Maus author Art Spiegelman and New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly, she grew up in New York City, and now divides her time between Paris and Brooklyn.
Ander Monson is the author of six published books of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, with two more forthcoming. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and the New York Public Library Young Lions award, he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in General Nonfiction, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers award in Nonfiction, the Graywolf Prize in Nonfiction, the Annie Dillard prize in Creative Nonfiction, and a John C Zacharis prize from Ploughshares. His story 'Reduce Your Likelihood of Murder' won the World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest, and his work has been anthologised in the Best American Essays. He’s received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and the Howard Foundation. He is the president of the Tucson Poetry Festival, the editor and publisher of the journal DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press, and the founder of the website Essay Daily.
Ellena Savage is an Australian lyric essayist, editor, teacher, and PhD candidate. She is from Melbourne, via Sydney, regional New South Wales, and Athens. Ellena's essays, poems, and short stories have been published widely in small places. She is a former editor of The Lifted Brow. Her chapbook Yellow City is forthcoming with The Atlas Review in July, 2018, and she is working on her debut collection of essays Blueberries.