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The Spark Prize for Narrative Non-Fiction

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Hardie Grant Publishing has paired up with RMIT Writing and Publishing to launch an exciting new award for writers of narrative non-fiction—The Spark Prize. The inaugural prize is a great opportunity for non-fiction writers to develop their captivating narrative into a publishable book with guidance from Hardie Grant’s professional editorial team. 

To have your narrative non-fiction idea in the running, submit your book proposal with the following:

  • a one-page synopsis 
  • a chapter outline (maximum 3000 words)  
  • a sample of your work in progress (maximum 5000 words) 

Not to be confused with non-fiction on its own, narrative non-fiction includes (but is not limited to) memoir, hybrid memoir, biography, history, current affairs, popular science, journalism, creative non-fiction, cultural studies and humour.   

The winner of the Spark Prize will receive: $2000 prize money, a tailored 6-month mentorship with Hardie Grant’s editorial team, and and a week-long residency at RMIT’s gorgeous McCraith House on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Three shortlisted winners will also be chosen and receive:a book bundle (valued at $250) from Hardie Grant Books, and a two-hour editing session with a Hardie Grant editor.

Additionally, for expert advice and insight on how to write a standout book proposal, RMIT Writing and Publishing will be holding an in-conversation workshop with a panel of esteemed industry professionals from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm AEST on 2 October 2020 (10.30 am to 11.30 am in Western Australia).

Find out more and register for the free Spark Prize workshop via eventbrite.

Submissions for the Spark Prize open on Thursday 17 September 2020 and close Friday 16 October 2020.

For more information about the Spark Prize and how to enter, please visit Hardie Grant’s website.

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