The Scribe Nonfiction Prize

The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers 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

Each year, the shortlist of talented young writers is identified by a judging panel of editors and writers from the literary community, including members of the Voiceworks Editorial Committee, former shortlists and winners, and representatives of Express Media and Scribe Publications.  

Shortlisted writers receive an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with nonfiction authors, and personalised feedback on their entry from the judges, and a a book pack from Scribe Publications.

In addition, the winner, selected by Scribe Publications, receives:

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

Past winners and shortlisted writers have gone onto sign and publish their debut works as a direct result of the prize including Briohny Doyle (The Island Will Sink), Patrick Mullins, Drew Rooke, Oliver Mol (Lion Attack!), and Lech Blaine. The 2014 winner, Robbie Arnott, has received critical acclaim for his work, and was awarded the was awarded The 2015 Tasmanian Young Writers Fellowship.

Entries open on Monday May 30 and close at 11:59pm on Sunday September 10, 2017. More details and terms and conditions of entry will be announced in April.


The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is generously supported by Scribe Publications.