Spark Prize for narrative non-fiction now open

Do you write narrative non-fiction? Do you have an idea for a publishable book, but just need an extra boost? 

Hardie Grant has just launched its inaugural Spark Prize for narrative non-fiction. 

According to the Hardie Grant website, the winner will receive:

  • $2000 prize money, 
  • a 6-month mentorship with Hardie Grant’s editorial team, 
  • a week-long residency at RMIT’s gorgeous McCraith House on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria 


There are also prizes for three shortlisted proposals.

What is narrative non-fiction?
Hardie Grant defines it: “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.” 

So if you have a project in progress that fits the description, this competition is for you.

What do you have to do to enter?
According to the Hardie Grant website, you’ll need to submit a book proposal including:

  • a one-page synopsis 
  • a chapter outline (max 3,000 words)
  • and a sample of your work-in-progress (max 5,000 words) 


This is a great opportunity to practise writing book proposals.

Submissions open 17 September 2020 and close 16 October 2020. 

To find out more and learn how to enter, visit the Hardie Grant website.

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