Trent is an assistant editor of The Courier Mail and a senior writer for award-winning colour magazine Qweekend. Trent was named national Feature Journalist of the Year at the 2010 and 2008 News Awards. In 2009, he was Highly Commended at the Walkley Awards, nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award, nominated for five Queensland Media Awards and named a News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year finalist for the third year in a row.
Trent has written for numerous Australian news media publications including The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and the Herald-Sun. His writing also includes several short film screenplays, including Silencer, which was named a finalist in the 2006 Tropfest short film festival and screened at the American Film Institute Film Festival.
Trent was also nominated for a 2010 AFI Best Short Fiction screenplay award for his latest film, Glenn Owen Dodds, starring David Wenham. The film won the prestigious International Prix Canal award at the world’s largest short film festival, The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France.
Trent is also the author of a book, Detours, released in 2011, the culmination of three months immersed in Brisbane's homeless community.