A joint venture between quarterly magazine The Lifted Brow, RMIT University’s non/fictionLAB, and the Copyright Agency, the Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction was this year won by Brisbane based writer W.J.P. Newnham, for his autobiographical piece Trashman Loves Maree.
The award celebrates work unlike any other, seeking out new and audacious voices from across the world. The winning pieces should be able to combine hard facts with unorthodox form, style, and points of view, all within a 5,000 word limit. The 2016 judging panel consisted of Helen Macdonald, Dodie Bellamy, Maria Tumarkin and Kate Zambrano. The overall winner received $5,000, with two runners up receiving $500 each.
The main prize for 2016 went to W.JP. Newnham for Trashman Loves Maree, which recounts the author’s experiences of being homeless in 1980s Darwin.
In addition to the prize money, Newnham’s piece will also appear in Issue 31 of The Lifted Brow.
For more information on the prize, please see The Lifted Brow website.