Enter the 2017 Horne Prize for essay writing

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After a successful first year, the Horne Prize for essay writing is back. This year, the prize is valued at $15,000.

If you’re a keen essayist, this is your chance to shine. The competition is now open and accepting essays of up to 3000 words.

Like last year, this year’s theme is “Australian Life”. According to the Horne Prize website, “Be that a profile or a reported feature centred on a particular issue, or a series of vignettes or something else that explains who we are and how we live.”

Last year’s winning essay was The Suicide Gene by AWC alumnus Anna Spargo-Ryan. The judges said, “It is shapely and always in the writer’s control. It is a dexterous investigation of a complex issue, personal without ever succumbing to sentimentality.”

To be eligible, your essay needs to be written between 13 July 2017 and 18 September 2017.

Entries close on the 18 September 2017.


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