The Catalyse Nonfiction Prize

Express Media and Deakin University are thrilled to announce that entries for The Catalyse Nonfiction Prize are now open!

The Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers was started as a joint venture between Scribe Publications and Express Media in 2013, and has since been a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform nonfiction. Deakin University and Express Media are thrilled to continue the legacy of this Prize.

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

In 2022, all shortlisted writers will receive:

  • an invitation to an exclusive Q&A with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers, publishers and editors
  • a generous selection of new-release books from Monash University Publishing and UQP.

The winner receives:

  • a cash prize of $2,000
  • an editorial mentorship to develop their work from Julia Carlomagno, publisher at Monash University Publishing.

The Prize winner will be selected by some fabulous judges to be announced soon! 

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 (AEST) Wednesday 31 August 2022.

Submit your entry now!


Submission Guidelines 

  1. Entries will be accepted in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction. 
  1. 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. 
  1. The entry must be an original work by the entrant and written in English. 
  1. Entrants must be 30 years of age or under as of the closing date (Wednesday 31 August 2022), and be residents of Australia. 
  1. Both previously unpublished writers and writers who have had a work published with a commercial or not-for-profit publishing house are eligible. 
  1. Entries must be neatly typed and double-spaced. Please do not include your name anywhere on the submission. 
  1. 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. 
  1. There is a maximum of two entries per individual. 
  1. Entries must be received by 11:59pm (AEST) Wednesday 31 August 2022; late entries will not be accepted. Express Media takes no responsibility for lost or delayed entries. 


Judging Panel


Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s judges coming soon!


The Catalyse Nonfiction Prize is presented by Express Media and sponsored by Deakin University, Monash University Publishing and UQP.