The inaugural Thiel Grant for Online Writing received over 170 applications covering the breadth of Australian writing for the internet. There was a remarkable diversity of topics and forms pitched by writers from a range of genders and cultural backgrounds. The judges were pleased that so many applications had a broadly political focus, and that most of the proposed concepts were highly suited to being sustained over fifty posts without sacrificing ambition.
After a difficult but delightful afternoon, I and my fellow judges are thrilled to be able to announce the shortlist for the Thiel Grant. The winner will be chosen from these eight proposals and announced here next week, on Wednesday 18th March.
Thanks to all who took the time to prepare an application, and congratulations to these eight outstanding online writers.
Digital/code poetry created in my unique online writing style termed “Mezangelle”.
IT’S ALIVE!: A year with monsters and geniuses. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Melbourne Circle: an account of a walk clockwise around the Melbourne suburbs over 18 months.
Showcasing Aboriginal Australian Literature: highlighting the diversity of talent, voice, creative production and publishing ventures by Aboriginal people.
Thirty (or Fifty) Dates Of Tinder: a series of dates I go on with total strangers met via Tinder.
52 Boxes: getting rid of every cardboard box in the house by emptying at least one each week.
Documenting the experience of visiting the homes and lives of people I played an online role-playing game with 15 years ago.
Body Parts: a commemorative tour of the parts of my body that were removed or fundamentally altered during surgery for ovarian cancer.