Now in its fifth year, The 2017 Scribe Nonfiction Prize is a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform work. Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction.

Shortlisted writers will receive:

  • an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers at Scribe Publications on November 23
  • personalised feedback on their entry from the judges
  • a generous selection of new-release Scribe books tailored to their reading interests

The winner receives:

  • a cash prize of $3000
  • an editorial mentorship to develop their work
  • a generous selection of new-release Scribe books tailored to their reading interests.

The shortlist will be selected by Elizabeth Flux (Editor of Voiceworks from 2013 to 2015, writer for JunkeeMetroThe Lifted BrowKill Your Darlings), Tim McGuire (Editorial Committee of Voiceworks from 2015 to 2016, writer for The AustralianBig IssueKill Your DarlingsThe Lifted BrowGoing Down Swinging), Julia Carlomagno (Senior Editor, Scribe Publications) and Fiona Dunne (Creative Producer, Express Media). The winner will be selected by Scribe Publications.

Writers will also have the chance to ask their burning question about the prize, and seek advice on what the judges are looking for during a Live Q&A with David Golding and Julia Carlomagno on Thursday August 3 from 6pm.

Past winners and shortlisted writers have gone onto sign their debut works as a direct result of the prize: Briohny Doyle (Adult Fantasy, May 2017), Oliver Mol (Lion Attack!, May 2015), Patrick Mullins (A Liberal View, forthcoming August 2018), Drew Rooke (The Final Spin, forthcoming May 2018), and Lech Blaine (Car Crash forthcoming late 2018). The 2014 winner, Robbie Arnott, has received critical acclaim for his work, and was awarded The 2015 Tasmanian Young Writers Fellowship.

Entries close 11.59pm Sunday 10 September.

The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is presented in partnership with Scribe Publications.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Entries open at 9 a.m. Wednesday May 31.
  2. Entries will be accepted in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction.
  3. Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. They may be excerpted from a longer work but should preferably also function as stand-alone pieces.
  4. The entry must be an original work by the entrant and written in English.
  5. Entrants must be 30 years of age or under as of the closing date, and be residents of Australia.
  6. Both previously unpublished writers and writers who have had a work published with a commercial or not-for-profit publishing house are eligible.
  7. Entries must be neatly typed and double-spaced. Please do not include your name anywhere on the submission.
  8. Entrants must submit their entries by using the online entry form. Complete one form per entry. Entries submitted without the completed entry form will not be processed.
  9. There is a maximum of two entries per individual.
  10. Entries must be received by 11.59pm. (AEST) on Sunday 10 September; late entries will not be accepted. Express Media take no responsibility for lost or delayed entries.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The submission guidelines form part of the terms and conditions.
  2. No more than 10 per cent of the entry material may have been previously published (in print or electronic form) on a commercial basis.
  3. While previously published authors are eligible, the entry material must not be under consideration with any other publisher (excluding prizes in which a publisher is co-sponsor). Entrants must notify Express Media immediately if their entry ceases to be eligible.
  4. While the entrant may submit the work in other prizes, the entry material must not have previously been awarded first place in any other prize. If, during the judging process of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, the entry material wins another prize, the entrant must notify Express Media, as their entry ceases to be eligible.
  5. Scribe Publications has the first option to publish the entry and/or enter into a commercial arrangement with the prize winner, and the prize money may form part of any commercial arrangement. Within six months of the completion of the awarded editorial time, Scribe Publications will let the prize winner know whether it wants to publish the entry and/or enter into a commercial arrangement with the winner for a project based on the material. Should Scribe wish to publish the winning entry or offer the winning writer a contract to develop the work into a longer project, the writer agrees to negotiate in good faith with Scribe Publications to publish the work on reasonable commercial terms, and not to offer the material to another publisher unless or until such good-faith negotiations have taken place. In the event that Scribe Publications decides not to enter into a commercial arrangement with the prize winner, the winner will be free of commitment to Scribe Publications.
  6. Scribe Publications has the first option to publish the shortlisted entries and/or enter into a commercial arrangement with the shortlisted writers. Within three months of the announcement of the winner, Scribe Publications will let the shortlisted writer know if it wants to publish an entry and/or enter into a commercial arrangement with the shortlisted writer for a project based on the material. Should Scribe wish to publish a shortlisted entry or offer a shortlisted writer a contract to develop the work into a longer project, the writer agrees to negotiate in good faith with Scribe Publications to publish the work on reasonable commercial terms, and not to offer the material to another publisher until such good-faith negotiations have taken place. In the event that Scribe Publications decides not to enter into a commercial arrangement with the shortlisted writer, he or she will be free of commitment to Scribe Publications.
  7. Entrants warrant that their submission is their own original work; that they are the sole author and owner of the copyright in the entry; that the material has not been previously licensed for exclusive use in any form in any territory; that the material does not infringe any existing copyright or licence or any other third-party rights; that the material does not contain any material in breach of official secrets, confidentiality obligations or any other laws; and that all statements in the entry purporting to be facts are true.
  8. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media or Scribe Publications are ineligible to enter.
  9. An announcement of shortlisted entries will be made on the Express Media and Scribe websites and in associated media, and shortlisted entrants will be notified, by 5pm by Friday October 6
  10. Shortlisted entrants agree to take part in events and media activities to promote the Prize. If your entry is shortlisted, you grant Express Media and Scribe Publications permission to use part of your entry for the purpose of promoting you as a shortlisted entrant.
  11. Shortlisted entrants will receive personalised feedback from the competition judges once the winner is announced. This feedback may be written or verbal.
  12. The winner may be notified in strict confidence during October, but must agree to keep this news confidential until the announcement of the winning entry on Thursday November 23.
  13. The judges have the discretion to divide the prize equally between authors of entries they consider to be of equal merit, should the situation arise. In this instance, Scribe Publications will provide an editorial mentorship to both winners. The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. The judges may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.
  15. The 10 hours of editorial time must be completed within 12 months of the awarding of the prize. The meeting with the editor or publisher may occur at the Scribe offices in Brunswick, Victoria, or via phone or Skype, depending on the winner’s preference and location. If the meeting is at the Scribe offices, the winner will be responsible for any associated travel costs.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Nonfiction Guidelines

We recommend that you pitch your nonfiction work before sending it to us. For advice on how to construct your pitch, and write good nonfiction in general, check out our handy nonfiction guide here. Send no more than two nonfiction pieces (including pitches), each no more than 3000 words. If you are submitting two completed nonfiction pieces, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second completed nonfiction submission.

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).

Those seeking to submit nonfiction pitches, fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 17th of September, 11:59pm

Theme

#110 'Immunity' (Summer 2017/18)

Lie awake, sweating in your bed, building up a memory in your bones. Feel fragile and you are, but hopefully this antigen will denature before you do. Wish you had a pill to fix this, but you don't want to encourage antibiotic resistance. Although you're resistant too, to the hype. You’re not a sheep person, you’re a cow person. Look at the blisters on your hands, you’ll never get smallpox. You were dipped headfirst into the Styx, that dry heel your only vulnerability. So lather on the minty cream you got for Christmas years ago. Build up the layers. Build up the wall, and hurry, because you’ve only got forty-five minutes to bungee jump off it and rescue your ingredients from the jaws of a tiger. To serve your steak medium-rare and convince them that you are in love. You’ve got real talent. They can’t send you home. They tried to once but you bleached your clothes, struck a deal, promised testimony and evidence. The cameras flashed as you left the courtroom, free, exposed to the blinding sun.    

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Grace Finlayson for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Fiction Guidelines

Send no more than two fiction pieces, each no more than 3000 words. If you are submitting two stories, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second fiction submission.

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).

Those seeking to submit nonfiction, poetry or visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 17th of September, 11:59pm

Theme

#110 'Immunity' (Summer 2017)

Lie awake, sweating in your bed, building up a memory in your bones. Feel fragile and you are, but hopefully this antigen will denature before you do. Wish you had a pill to fix this, but you don't want to encourage antibiotic resistance. Although you're resistant too, to the hype. You’re not a sheep person, you’re a cow person. Look at the blisters on your hands, you’ll never get smallpox. You were dipped headfirst into the Styx, that dry heel your only vulnerability. So lather on the minty cream you got for Christmas years ago. Build up the layers. Build up the wall, and hurry, because you’ve only got forty-five minutes to bungee jump off it and rescue your ingredients from the jaws of a tiger. To serve your steak medium-rare and convince them that you are in love. You’ve got real talent. They can’t send you home. They tried to once but you bleached your clothes, struck a deal, promised testimony and evidence. The cameras flashed as you left the courtroom, free, exposed to the blinding sun.    

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Grace Finlayson for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Pitching to Voiceworks

Before submitting your pitch/es, we strongly recommend reading our nonfiction guide here, which has advice on what we look for in nonfiction submissions and how to write good nonfiction in general. Here's the bit on how to construct your pitch:

The best pitches include detail! Clearly lay out your angle and argument, and provide specific examples of the research and anecdotes you’ll draw upon. Submit a document addressing the questions below, along with a 300-word sample from the start of the piece if you have one.

  • What is your key point or argument?
  • What is your particular angle?
  • What is the logical and structural progression of your piece?
  • Why are you the person to write this piece? Personal experience, willingness to research, etc.
  • If you need evidence, where did you get it from? What research have you conducted?
  • Why Voiceworks?
  • How long is the piece going to be?

If your pitch is selected

If we think the work you pitched would be a good fit for Voiceworks, we will (ideally) get in touch around two weeks after the pitch deadline. We’ll provide advice and direction on how to approach the piece, and request a full draft to be submitted around three weeks later. This isn’t very much time! Because of the tight turnaround, we prefer pitches that demonstrate some prior research, preparation and thought, so that you’re not scrambling to research and write an entire piece from scratch in a matter of weeks.

Just to be clear, the full drafts we request are not guaranteed publication, but responding to our suggestions early on gives your piece the best possible chance. 

Nonfiction Guidelines

Send no more than two nonfiction pieces (including pitches and completed pieces). If you are submitting two pitches, please upload them both in this submission, rather than creating a second pitch submission.

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).

Those seeking to submit completed nonfiction, fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 3rd of September, 11:59pm

Theme

#110 'Immunity' (Summer 2017/18)

Lie awake, sweating in your bed, building up a memory in your bones. Feel fragile and you are, but hopefully this antigen will denature before you do. Wish you had a pill to fix this, but you don't want to encourage antibiotic resistance. Although you're resistant too, to the hype. You’re not a sheep person, you’re a cow person. Look at the blisters on your hands, you’ll never get smallpox. You were dipped headfirst into the Styx, that dry heel your only vulnerability. So lather on the minty cream you got for Christmas years ago. Build up the layers. Build up the wall, and hurry, because you’ve only got forty-five minutes to bungee jump off it and rescue your ingredients from the jaws of a tiger. To serve your steak medium-rare and convince them that you are in love. You’ve got real talent. They can’t send you home. They tried to once but you bleached your clothes, struck a deal, promised testimony and evidence. The cameras flashed as you left the courtroom, free, exposed to the blinding sun.    

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Grace Finlayson for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Poetry Guidelines

Please send no more than three poems, each no more than 100 lines in total, and combine all poems into one document. Check out some tips for strengthening your poetry submission here.

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).

Those seeking to submit fiction, nonfiction and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 17th of September, 11:59pm

Theme

#110 'Immunity' (Summer 2017/18)

Lie awake, sweating in your bed, building up a memory in your bones. Feel fragile and you are, but hopefully this antigen will denature before you do. Wish you had a pill to fix this, but you don't want to encourage antibiotic resistance. Although you're resistant too, to the hype. You’re not a sheep person, you’re a cow person. Look at the blisters on your hands, you’ll never get smallpox. You were dipped headfirst into the Styx, that dry heel your only vulnerability. So lather on the minty cream you got for Christmas years ago. Build up the layers. Build up the wall, and hurry, because you’ve only got forty-five minutes to bungee jump off it and rescue your ingredients from the jaws of a tiger. To serve your steak medium-rare and convince them that you are in love. You’ve got real talent. They can’t send you home. They tried to once but you bleached your clothes, struck a deal, promised testimony and evidence. The cameras flashed as you left the courtroom, free, exposed to the blinding sun.    

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Grace Finlayson for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks Editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. 
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Visual art submissions include comics, illustrations, drawings, graphics, photography, etc. We recommend that you pitch your comics before sending them to us. For advice on how to construct your pitch, check out our handy guide here

We print in black-and-white (greyscale) and our page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. Please supply your images at actual size and 300dpi. Please name your files—strings of numbers and letters are easily confused with other submissions.

Please send no more than three pieces. If you are submitting more than one piece, please upload them all in this submission, rather than creating a second visual art submission.

We will notify you as soon as we can with news on whether your submission has been accepted. Voiceworks is largely run by a team of volunteers, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Deadline

Sunday the 15th of October, 11:59pm

Theme

#110 'Immunity' (Summer 2017/18)

Lie awake, sweating in your bed, building up a memory in your bones. Feel fragile and you are, but hopefully this antigen will denature before you do. Wish you had a pill to fix this, but you don't want to encourage antibiotic resistance. Although you're resistant too, to the hype. You’re not a sheep person, you’re a cow person. Look at the blisters on your hands, you’ll never get smallpox. You were dipped headfirst into the Styx, that dry heel your only vulnerability. So lather on the minty cream you got for Christmas years ago. Build up the layers. Build up the wall, and hurry, because you’ve only got forty-five minutes to bungee jump off it and rescue your ingredients from the jaws of a tiger. To serve your steak medium-rare and convince them that you are in love. You’ve got real talent. They can’t send you home. They tried to once but you bleached your clothes, struck a deal, promised testimony and evidence. The cameras flashed as you left the courtroom, free, exposed to the blinding sun.    

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Grace Finlayson for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good work. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 for a single published piece or $150 for a multi-page suite.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.