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Lenton wins Thiel Grant for Online Writing

Patrick Lenton has won the inaugural $5000 Thiel Grant for Online Writing. Lenton’s project, a proposal to ‘document the experience of visiting the homes and lives of people he played an online role-playing game with 15 years ago’, was chosen as the winner from a shortlist of six writers, which included Nick Gadd, Anita Heiss, Kate Iselin, Meg Kovalik and Tracy Sorensen. The entrants were judged by Thiel, Writers Victoria director Kate Larsen and writer, blogger and Echo Press commissioning editor Angela Meyer. Lenton will commit to producing 50 posts on the project over a 12-month period on his blog. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the award, founded by Melbourne teacher and blogger Philip Thiel, aims to ‘draw attention to the inventive writing being produced specifically for the internet’. To read more about the Thiel Grant for Online Writing, click here.


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