Winners and Shortlistees of the Deakin University Nonfiction Prize

2013

The winner of the 2013 Scribe Nonfiction Prize was both Briohny Doyle for I Don’t Know and Oliver Mol for 34 Memories From Growing Up in Texas

Shortlisted writers included:

  • Elizabeth Bryer – A Year in Peru
  • Anna Heyward – Editing Raymond Carver
  • Rafael S. W. – Get Rich Slow
  • Rosanna Stevens – White Ears and Whistling Duck

2014

The winner of the 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize was Robbie Arnott for Birds and Knives and Not Talking About It. 

Shortlisted writers included:

  • Roz Bellamy – The Queerness of Marriage
  • Sian Campbell – Bleach
  • Sam George-Allen – Adult Industry
  • Rebecca Harkins-Cross – The Shadow of the Rock
  • Patrick Lenton – Will You Look At All These Things?
  • Sam Twyford-Moore – High or Low

2015

The winner of the 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize was Patrick Mullins for A Liberal View. 

Shortlisted writers included:

  • Emma Marie Jones – Something To Be Tiptoed Around Until It Goes Away
  • Clem Moriscot – In My Own Tongue 
  • Zoya Patel – Match Fixing
  • Drew Rooke – Machine Highs 
  • Samantha van Zweden – Eating With My Mouth Open

2016

The winner of the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize was Deserae Horswood for My parents ashes are in the boot of my car. 

Shortlisted writers included:

  • 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

2017

The winner of the 2017 Scribe Nonfiction Prize was Lur Alghurabi for Letters from the Grave. 

Shortlisted writers included:

  • Sian Campbell – Harriet and the Aliens
  • Vivian Wei – The Chinese Menu for the Afterlife
  • Christopher Bryant – The Repetition Compulsion
  • Nicola Nixon – Skinless
  • Michael Dulaney – The Prisoners of Colour
  • Amaryllis Gacioppo – A Partial Palermo Street Directory
  • Lou Heinrich – In the Name of the Mother
  • Kate Simonian – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Stalker
  • Claire Lowe – Excess Skin
  • Bastian Phelan – Still Fierce
  • Toby Fehily – It’s Not An Aircraft

2018

The winner of the 2018 Scribe Nonfiction Prize was Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn for The Invisible Sea. 

Shortlisted writers included:

  • Madison Griffiths – Her Body as in an Empty Space
  • Vito Rinaldi – The Jumper
  • Georgia Mill – The Body in Line
  • Jessie Berry-Porter – If I Were To Draw A Line Between Bodies It Would Look Like This
  • Adalya Nash Hussein – Reading
  • Courtney McMahon – On Gender and the Colour Blue
  • Georgia Phillips – Holocene: A Short Story
  • Ana Maria Gomides – What luck, what a fucking curse: on looking and being looked at in my light skin

2019

The winner of the 2019 Deakin University Nonfiction Prize was Olivia De Zilva for Let’s Eat 食飯!

Shortlisted writers included:

  • Kat Capel – work & love
  • Oliver Reeson – Someone who is sensitive to pain
  • Jonno Revanche – Friends of Charlene: The saintlike engineering of Kylie Minogue’s creative catalogue, anti-effeminate respectability, and defacto metropolis maternity princesses
  • Danielle Scrimshaw – Be Gay, Do Crime: Or, The Ballad of Catherine and Ellen
  • Jim Thomas – 15,000 Roentgen
  • Dženana Vucic – A Teleology of Folding, and of Dying
  • Yen-Rong Wong – I can’t talk to my mum about sex