Supported by non/fictionLab and Copyright Agency, this prize calls on boundary-pushing nonfiction entries from new, upcoming or known writers. The winner will receive AU$5000 and publication in Issue #31 of The Lifted Brow – which will be available September 2016. Two runners-up will receive AU$500 and an opportunity to discuss publication prospects with the Brow editors.
“The Lifted Brow & RMIT’s non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction is a chance for writers and readers, and literary lovers of all persuasions to engage deeply with what nonfiction is or might be, what makes nonfiction nonfiction, questions of form and structure, and with how the imagination can lift off the page. The possibilities are endless. And if we think about how the French word for experiment is experience, and to try, then who knows what might emerge out of this great opportunity.”
Francesca Rendle-Short, co-director non/fictionLab Research Group.
The Lifted Brow is the resident small press within RMIT’s newly created student-led publishing house, The Bowen Street Press. The Bowen Street Press is a student-led publishing house which is the backbone of RMIT’s new Master of Writing and Publishing. The Bowen Street Press enables students to explore contemporary opportunities and experience the industry’s challenges first hand by working on a variety of writing and publishing projects.
“There’s a global renaissance in innovative nonfiction — much of the work individual and personal — and at The Lifted Brow we want to secure and grow a space for artists who are experimenting in this field. A lot of nonfiction in Australia is produced with commercial ends in sight, which influences what gets made and why. To counteract this, there needs to be spaces that support thinking about non-fiction as art without the pressure to conform to marketable ideals. We’re proud to partner with non/fictionLab and the Copyright Agency to make this possible, for at least the next few years.”
Ellena Savage, Lifted Brow Editor
non/fictionLab is a world-leading group for new creative practices, based in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University. The group’s research ecology includes essayists, poets, novelists, media-makers, photographers, editors, publishers, and literary and cultural studies scholars.