Introducing the inaugural Spark Prize – an exciting new opportunity for writers of narrative non-fiction!
The Spark Prize is your chance to develop a narrative non-fiction project from a budding idea to a publishable book with the guidance of Hardie Grant’s professional editorial team. This biennial, joint venture between Hardie Grant Books and RMIT Writing and Publishing aims to foster talent in the narrative non-fiction genre, providing the successful applicant with the essential tools they’ll need to drive their book proposal to publication.
To enter, simply submit a book proposal for your great narrative non-fiction idea including:
- a one-page synopsis
- a chapter outline (maximum 3,000 words)
- and a sample of (maximum 5,000 words) of your work-in-progress
Narrative non-fiction is non-fiction that tells a fact-based, compelling story. 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. We’re looking for book ideas that will captivate and intrigue a wide audience.
The winner of the Spark Prize will receive:
- $2000 prize money,
- a tailored 6-month mentorship with Hardie Grant’s editorial team,
- and a week-long residency at RMIT’s gorgeous McCraith House on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Three shortlistees will also receive:
- a book bundle (valued at $250) from Hardie Grant Books
- and a two-hour editing session with a Hardie Grant editor
Submissions open: 9 am, 17 September 2020
RMIT Conversation Workshop: 12.30 – 1.30 pm, 2 October 2020
Submissions close: Midnight, 16 October 2020
Shortlist and prize announced: Late November
For more information, visit: https://www.hardiegrant.com/au/books/spark-prize-2020#