Scribe announces the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers 0 Comments

Scribe announces the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers

Scribe, in partnership with Express Media, is pleased to announce an exciting new award: the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. This is a developmental award to foster talented writers aged 30 or under who are working on a long-form or book-length nonfiction work. The prize is open to writers working in any nonfiction genre, such as memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction. Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.

The prize is supported by the generosity of Scribe Publications, the independent Melbourne house founded in 1976. In addition to a cash prize of $1,500, the winner receives a meeting with a publisher or an editor, and up to 10 hours of editorial time to work on developing the piece to Scribe’s publication standard or to developing it into a book-length project. The winner also receives a ‘subscription’ to Scribe: one new-release title sent out to them each month for 12 months, weeks before it’s released in shops.

‘We’re so pleased to be offering this prize in 2013,’ said nonfiction editor Julia Carlomagno. ‘We wanted to provide a professional development opportunity to a young writer: not only some money to help with the writing process, but also a start to what may become an ongoing conversation about their work.

‘Express Media has always been an enthusiastic home for young Australian writing, and we’re looking forward to reading lively, creative, and thoughtful entries that demonstrate how diverse and exciting the category of nonfiction writing can be.’

Scribe’s founder and publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, said, ‘We see this as a natural extension of our longstanding commitment to serious nonfiction, and we’re delighted to be partnering in it with Express Media, who have an admirable record of fostering young writers.’


Entries open on 20 July. Visit for more information.

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