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.

The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers awards unforgettable opportunities for Australian students of secondary school age, across the categories of poetry, fiction and nonfiction

The prize is judged by John Marsden, Express Media and Hachette Australia.

Fifteen shortlisted writers will be invited to meet John Marsden and participate in an exclusive workshop with a best-selling author.

Prize winners will also receive a cash prize and a book pack of YA titles, courtesy of Hachette Australia, plus publication of their work on the Express Media website and acknowledgement in Australia's premier youth literary journal, Voiceworks.

The prize will be presented in a special event at the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival on Thursday August 31, 2017.

How to Enter

  1. All entries must be received by 9am, Friday June 30, 2017
  2. One entry may be submitted, per category, with a maximum of 2 entries across the 3 categories
  3. Each entry must be submitted via the submissions portal, with one entry per submission form. DO NOT put multiple submissions in one word or PDF document
  4. Submissions of fiction or nonfiction may be up to 3,000 words in length
  5. Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length
  6. All entries must be typed and double-spaced
  7. Your name should not be included anywhere on your submission; it should only be entered in the submission form
  8. Submittable accounts must be created in the entrant’s own name and list the entrant's contact details

Conditions of Entry

  1. Entries must be original works, written entirely by the entrant, and must not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright
  2. Entries must not have previously been published in print or online
  3. The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process
  4. Only shortlisted entrants will receive feedback on entries
  5. All members currently serving on the Express Media board; and/or all paid, permanent staff of Express Media, are ineligible to enter
  6. Entrants must have permission from a parent/guardian/teacher to enter the prize  
Note: Entrants must acknowledge and agree to these terms upon submission. Parent/guardian/teacher of the entrant must confirm permission for entry upon submission.

Prize Details

Shortlisted writers from each prize category receive:

  • Feedback on their writing from Hachette Australia and Express Media judges
  • An invitation to meet John Marsden over lunch hosted by Hachette Australia and Express Media
  • An invitation to take part in an exclusive workshop with best-selling author ********
  • An invitation to attend a premiere event as a guest of the Melbourne Writers Festival

The first place winner of each prize category receives the above, plus:

  • A $500 cash prize
  • A $500 travel reimbursement to attend the winners’ announcement event
  • A book pack of selected works from Hachette Australia’s young adult publications
  • Publication on Express Media's website
  • Acknowledgement in Voiceworks, Australia's premiere youth literary journal

For more information please email education@expressmedia.org.au

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 25th of June, 11:59pm

Theme

#109 'Sprawl' (Spring 2017)

sp         spr                    spr                    spra                  spraw                sprawl   sprawllllllllllllllllllll

Welcome to the process of suburbanisation. Join the tour of Outer (Sub)Urban Car-mmunities. When the centre is no longer the centre, watch the rise of multiple, alternate centres: the geographic centre, the second centre, the CBD, the heartland. Leapfrog development—you’ve jumped over this landlock/you’re locked out of that land. The horizon’s been chased and followed and eaten up, pushed to the sidelines, pulled back and shot off into the distance. All you can do is watch on as you move your heart outwards, mismatch your socks, dream of a tube that sprints underneath you. All limbs are akimbo, spreadeagled to catch your fall. Feel the ground push up against every part of your body, the earth pulsing, pulse quickening, fingertips that stretch apart like a boat pushed away from its dock. The reef is dying, its whiteness widening, and soon there’s only rubble seen from space. On public transport they save room for cats, knees spread apart and open backpacks spilling contents across the aisle. The afternoon plods on, minutes refusing to pass.

~Thanks to EdCommers Phoebe Paterson de Heer and Holly Friedlander Liddicoat 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 25th of June, 11:59pm

Theme

#109 'Sprawl' (Spring 2017)

sp         spr                    spr                    spra                  spraw                sprawl   sprawllllllllllllllllllll

Welcome to the process of suburbanisation. Join the tour of Outer (Sub)Urban Car-mmunities. When the centre is no longer the centre, watch the rise of multiple, alternate centres: the geographic centre, the second centre, the CBD, the heartland. Leapfrog development—you’ve jumped over this landlock/you’re locked out of that land. The horizon’s been chased and followed and eaten up, pushed to the sidelines, pulled back and shot off into the distance. All you can do is watch on as you move your heart outwards, mismatch your socks, dream of a tube that sprints underneath you. All limbs are akimbo, spreadeagled to catch your fall. Feel the ground push up against every part of your body, the earth pulsing, pulse quickening, fingertips that stretch apart like a boat pushed away from its dock. The reef is dying, its whiteness widening, and soon there’s only rubble seen from space. On public transport they save room for cats, knees spread apart and open backpacks spilling contents across the aisle. The afternoon plods on, minutes refusing to pass.

~Thanks to EdCommers Phoebe Paterson de Heer and Holly Friedlander Liddicoat 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 25th of June, 11:59pm

Theme

#109 'Sprawl' (Spring 2017)

sp         spr                    spr                    spra                  spraw                sprawl   sprawllllllllllllllllllll

Welcome to the process of suburbanisation. Join the tour of Outer (Sub)Urban Car-mmunities. When the centre is no longer the centre, watch the rise of multiple, alternate centres: the geographic centre, the second centre, the CBD, the heartland. Leapfrog development—you’ve jumped over this landlock/you’re locked out of that land. The horizon’s been chased and followed and eaten up, pushed to the sidelines, pulled back and shot off into the distance. All you can do is watch on as you move your heart outwards, mismatch your socks, dream of a tube that sprints underneath you. All limbs are akimbo, spreadeagled to catch your fall. Feel the ground push up against every part of your body, the earth pulsing, pulse quickening, fingertips that stretch apart like a boat pushed away from its dock. The reef is dying, its whiteness widening, and soon there’s only rubble seen from space. On public transport they save room for cats, knees spread apart and open backpacks spilling contents across the aisle. The afternoon plods on, minutes refusing to pass.

~Thanks to EdCommers Phoebe Paterson de Heer and Holly Friedlander Liddicoat 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 23rd of July, 11:59pm

Theme

#109 'Sprawl' (Spring 2017)

sp         spr                    spr                    spra                  spraw                sprawl   sprawllllllllllllllllllll

Welcome to the process of suburbanisation. Join the tour of Outer (Sub)Urban Car-mmunities. When the centre is no longer the centre, watch the rise of multiple, alternate centres: the geographic centre, the second centre, the CBD, the heartland. Leapfrog development—you’ve jumped over this landlock/you’re locked out of that land. The horizon’s been chased and followed and eaten up, pushed to the sidelines, pulled back and shot off into the distance. All you can do is watch on as you move your heart outwards, mismatch your socks, dream of a tube that sprints underneath you. All limbs are akimbo, spreadeagled to catch your fall. Feel the ground push up against every part of your body, the earth pulsing, pulse quickening, fingertips that stretch apart like a boat pushed away from its dock. The reef is dying, its whiteness widening, and soon there’s only rubble seen from space. On public transport they save room for cats, knees spread apart and open backpacks spilling contents across the aisle. The afternoon plods on, minutes refusing to pass.

~Thanks to EdCommers Phoebe Paterson de Heer and Holly Friedlander Liddicoat 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.