25 July 2016

Announcing the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize Shortlist

Express Media and Scribe Publications are pleased to announce the shortlist for The 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers.

Now in its fourth year, the prize is a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform nonfiction work.

In 2016, entries from all over Australia covered areas of nonfiction including memoir, journalism, biography, essay and creative nonfiction. There were a record number of entries, up more than 40% from last year. As such, the prize has a longer shortlist than in previous years.

The 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers shortlist is:

  • Jamie-Lee Dwyer – Zig-Zag (part two)
  • Louise Jaques – Go Gentle
  • Ellena Savage – Blueberries
  • Anna Jacobson – How to Knit a Human
  • Katerina Bryant – A Pig in Mud
  • Phoebe Tully – Let Them Eat Kale
  • Anastasia Kanjere – The Lighted Door: A Memoir of Love and Fear
  • Michelle Balogh – Shan-Yi
  • Lech Blaine – iGrief
  • Emily Clements – The Lotus Eaters
  • Sam Robertson – Containing Multitudes
  • Ronnie Scott – Sights
  • Bert Spinks – On a Hasty Journey Across Iceland
  • Deserae Horswood – My parents ashes are in the boot of my car


All shortlisted writers have the opportunity to attend a skills-development masterclass with nonfiction writers Tom Doig and Melanie Joosten, and will receive detailed feedback from the judging panel.

The 2016 shortlist was selected by Kelsey Oldham (Nonfiction Editor, Voiceworks), Zoya Patel (Highly Commended, 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize), Robbie Arnott (Winner, 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize), Julia Carlomagno (Senior Editor, Scribe Publications) and Fiona Dunne (Creative Producer, Express Media).

The winner will be selected by Scribe Publications and receives a cash prize of $3000, an editorial mentorship to develop their work, and 25 new and soon-to-be-published books tailored to their interests.

Scribe’s founder and publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, will present the winner as part of Scribe’s 40th birthday celebrations on Thursday 18 August in Melbourne.