• arts & culture

12 August 2016

A new literary prize valued at $15,000 has been launched by The Saturday Paper in partnership with Aesop.

The Horne Prize, named in honour of the late Professor Donald Horne, will recognise excellence in Australian non-fiction and essay writing.

The Horne Prize will be given for an essay:

  • Of exceptional quality
  • Of no more than 3000 words
  • Written between August 5 and October 31, 2016

Entries should address some part of the theme 'Australian Life', 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.

Essays in a conventional news format or a more literary style are acceptable, but must be grounded in interviews and observation.

A shortlist will be announced on November 30; the winner will be announced and the winning essay published in The Saturday Paper on December 24.

Donald Horne, an eminent writer, editor, journalist, academic and public intellectual, is widely remembered for his book The Lucky Country, an incisive critique of Australian culture first published in 1964.

Entries for The Horne Prize close on October 31, 2016.

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