Creative writing graduate Oliver Mol has won a top award for emerging writers with an autobiographical work inspired by his time in Texas.
The RMIT University graduate was the co-recipient of the inaugural Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers for his piece, 34 Memories From Growing Up in Texas, which draws on memories of his childhood and teenage years in the United States.
The prize is a developmental award to foster talented writers aged 30 or under who are working on a long form or book-length nonfiction work.
In addition to a cash prize of $1000 and a year-long subscription to Scribe Publications, winners have the opportunity to meet with a publisher or an editor to work on their writing.
Mr Mol said he was thrilled to receive the award.
"I had just finished work when I found out and it’s the best thing I have ever heard in my entire life," he said.
Mr Mol, who completed the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) at RMIT last year, grew up between America and Australia.
In his final year at RMIT, he was introduced to "sudden memoir" short nonfiction and wanted to apply that to his novel, Lion Attack!.
34 Memories From Growing Up in Texas is one of the narratives that runs through the novel, which is currently under consideration at Scribe Publications.
As part of his award, Mr Mol will be able to present his final manuscript to editors at Scribe Publications.
The winning work was developed in his final year Major Project course within the Creative Writing degree, Victoria’s most popular undergraduate program for creative writers.
Mr Mol has read creative non-fiction at the Museum of Contemporary Art and interned at The Lifted Brow.
He was also fiction editor at Voiceworks and is part of the Stilts collective based in Melbourne.
In 2012, he was the recipient of a Hot Desk Fellowship from the Wheeler Centre.