notJack was established to support and protect iconic Australian literary landscapes, by fostering creative engagement with place and promoting the significance of place for Australian writers, their work and readership.
notJack currently supports the protection of the Moolort Plains, from and in which the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winner Romulus, My Father was written. The film of the same name was shot on site. In honour of this book, and the manner in which it crosses several genres to engage with place, the notJack writers’ prize accepts submissions from a wide variety of genres and writing styles.
Information on the Moolort Plains, its significance, and the threat posed to it, may be accessed here and here.
To donate or contribute to the Moorlort Plains campaign, please email the prize at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The notJack Writers’ Prize supports Australian writers in their creative engagement with place. Bush, country, coast, the countryside, land, property, suburbia – all these and more figure prominently in Australian writing, in shaping the significance of place for individual writers and in turn, forming iconic literary landscapes that sustain the cultural and national identities of readers.
Open & Baringhup Categories open August 8th 2016 – November 1st 2016
Youth Category opens November 1st 2016 – March 17th 2016
** notJack offers plans and prizes anew for the 2016 Open and Baringhup Categories. This year will see the introduction of a visual collaboration prize, a $5000 cash prize and an anthology. Start scribbling! Entries are due by November 1st 2016. **
The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figure prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.