Finch Memoir Prize

The Finch Memoir Prize is an annual publication prize for an unpublished memoir of between 40,000 and 80,000 words. The winner is chosen by independent judges who are not connected to the publisher. The award was founded in 2010 by Finch Publishing Director, Rex Finch, with the aim of encouraging Australian writers, published and unpublished, to write their life stories and add to the body of Australian creative non-fiction. As they say, truth is stranger than fiction – which is probably why so many Australian readers love real-life accounts. Memoirs can also be inspiring and uplifting, reflecting the resilience of the human spirit. Sometimes they can just make you laugh out loud.

Above all, Finch Memoir prize books are just really good reads.

In this tradition Bad Apple Press are keeping the spirit of Australian stories alive and are reviving the Finch Memoir Prize. As a nod to the legacy of the number of substantial and influential books published by Finch Publishing over its 25 years in operation, we have decided to keep the name of the prize, even though it will be run entirely by Bad Apple Press.

Unfortunately the Finch Memoir prize will not be held this year as we are actively seeking sponsorship to continue running it. We are aiming for 2021 at this stage. If you have a manuscript you would like us to consider please see our submissions guide.

Previous Memoir Prize Winners


Bad Apple Prize is actively seeking sponsorship for this prize. We are also seeking a media partner/s to assist in getting the word out there.

Every penny helps give these new authors a great start!

If you or an organisation that you are involved with would like to support the Australian publishing industry and keep Australian authors and their stories alive please don’t hesitate to contact us.