The winner of The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction is ‘Trashman Loves Maree’, by W.J.P Newnham.
Newnham will receive AU$5000 and publication of ‘Trashman Loves Maree’ in Issue #31 of The Lifted Brow. The piece will also be made available through TLB’s digital editions for iOS and web.
About the author:
W.J.P Newnham, born in 1965, was just one of the many children under the white stolen generation policies who were torn away from their un-wed mothers. Throughout his childhood he was raised all over country Victoria, and by the time he was 17 had lived in eleven different houses and attended nine different schools. In primary school he was told he could already read at university level. His travels have extended well into his adulthood. He spent many years hitchhiking around Australia and has worked many different jobs including being a slaughter hand and a deckhand and master with now more than 25 years experience working in the Northern Prawn Fishery. He has also travelled at length in Southeast Asia, the Americas and Japan.
Newnham has had his stories featured in a great number of other publications such as ‘Nocturnal Submissions’, ‘Overland’, ‘Meanjin’, ‘Full of Crow’, ‘Gapped Tooth Madness’, ‘Horror Sleaze Trash’, ‘Going Down Swinging’, ‘Street Cake’, ‘SynchChaos’, ‘Storgy’ and ‘Gone Lawn’. He has also had his short story ‘Merry-Crack-Mass’ published by InShort Publishing in the form of a pocket book. Newnham is currently searching for a publisher for his newly finished novella intriguingly titled ‘Fuck You; Hemingway’.
The Lifted Brow is the resident small press within RMIT’s newly created student-led publishing house, The Bowen Street Press.
“The Lifted Brow and 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
“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 nonfiction 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