Non-Fiction Writing Competition

Non-fiction (or nonfiction) is the form of any narrative, account, or other communicative work whose assertions and descriptions are understood to be fact. This presentation may be accurate or not—that is, it can give either a true or a false account of the subject in question—however, it is generally assumed that authors of such accounts believe them to be truthful at the time of their composition or, at least, pose them to their audience as historically or empirically true.


Tharunka’s Non-Fiction Writing Competition is open to entries by any student at an Australian university. We accept entries up to 3000 words. Entries can be mailed to Tharunka PO Box 173 Kingsford NSW 2032 or submitted online below. First prize is $800 and a one year subscription to Voiceworks Magazine. Entries close July 17 2012.


“Karma Crash: Sex & the fall of an all-American Yogi” by Vanessa Grigoriadis in New York Magazine: Read it.

“A Giant Among Giants: Glencore goes public” by Ken Silverstein in Foreign Policy: Read it.

“Why Americans Hate the Media: Why has the media establishment become so unpopular?” by James Fallows in The Atlantic: Read it.

“The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!” by Tom Wolfe in Esquire: Read it.

“Superman Comes to the Supermarket” by Norman Mailer in Esquire: Read it.


Lisa Pryor (Journalist), Jason Whittaker (Deputy Editor, Crikey), Dr. Matthew Thompson (Journalism and Media Research Centre, UNSW).

Entries must be original, unpublished works.

Submissions are now closed.

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