2017 PRIZE FOR EXPERIMENTAL NON-FICTION
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
Claudia La Rocco, Wayne Koestenbaum, Eileen Myles, Leslie Jamison, Fiona Wright
May 29th, 2017
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.