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Deakin University and Express Media are excited to present The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize.

Entries of up to 3,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction.

In 2021, all shortlisted writers will receive:

  • an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers
  • a generous selection of new-release books from Black Inc.

The winner receives:

  • a cash prize of $1,500
  • an editorial mentorship to develop their work from Managing Editor and Express Media board member Julia Carlomagno

The Prize winner will be selected by Lur Alghurabi (Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival), Mira Schlosberg (Voiceworks Editor 2018–2020 and author of Guidebook to Queer Jewish Spirituality and Kugel Western) and Briohny Doyle (Lecturer, Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University).

Past winners and shortlisted writers have gone on to sign works as a direct result of the prize: Briohny Doyle (Adult Fantasy, 2017), Oliver Mol (Lion Attack!, 2015), Patrick Mullins (A Liberal View, 2018) and Lech Blaine (Car Crash, 2021).

Entries close 11.59pm Tuesday 14 September 2021.

The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize is presented in partnership with Express Media.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Entries open at 12pm Wednesday 14 July 2021.
  2. Entries will be accepted in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction.
  3. Entries must be up to 3,000 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 (Tuesday 14 September), 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 Both previously unpublished writers and writers who have had a work published with a commercial or not-for-profit publishing house are eligible.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 (AEDT) on Tuesday 14 September; late entries will not be accepted. Express Media takes 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 percent of the entry material may have been previously published (in print or electronic form) on a commercial basis.
  3. 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 of the Deakin University Nonfiction Prize, the entry material wins another prize, the entrant must notify Express Media, as their entry ceases to be eligible.
  4. 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.
  5. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media or continuing staff at Deakin University are ineligible to enter.
  6. An announcement of shortlisted entries will be made on the Express Media and Deakin University websites and in associated media, and shortlisted entrants will be notified by 5pm Sunday 31 October 2021.
  7. 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 Deakin University permission to use part of your entry for the purpose of promoting you as a shortlisted entrant.
  8. The winner may be notified in strict confidence during November, but must agree to keep this news confidential until the announcement of the winning entry.
  9. 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, an editorial mentorship will be awarded to both winners. The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
  10. The judges may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.
  11. The 10 hours of editorial time must be completed within 12 months of the awarding of the prize. The meeting with the publisher may occur at a location in Melbourne, or via phone or Skype, depending on the winner’s preference and location.
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