The Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay is intended to generate high quality original essays and to foster new insights into culture, society, and the human condition. Essays are accepted from anyone writing in English is eligible, regardless of where in the world they live.
The tenth Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay is worth AU$7,500.
- The winner will receive AU$5,000
- The runner-up will receive AU $2,500
The winning essay will be published in the print edition and ABR Online.
The Calibre Prize is administered by Australian Book Review (ABR). ABR is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines. Created in 1961, it publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing. The magazine is national in readership, authorship, distribution, partners and influence. It is available in print and via ABR Online. ABR is an independent non-profit organisation. Its primary aims are several: to foster high critical standards; to provide an outlet for fine new writing; and to contribute to the preservation of literary values and a full appreciation of Australia’s literary heritage.
The Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay is intended to generate high quality original essays and to foster new insights into culture, society, and the human condition.
Essays must range from 3,000 to 7,000 words and must be written in English. Anyone writing in English is eligible, regardless of where they live.
The eleventh Calibre Prize will be judged by ABR Editor Peter Rose.
Translations are not eligible.
ABR welcomes essays from leading authors and commentators, but also from emerging writers. All non-fiction subjects are eligible.
Entries are welcome from writers anywhere in the world. There is no age limit.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.
All non-fiction subjects are eligible.
This programme operates on an annual basis.
In 2017 the Calibre Prize will be judged by Peter Rose (ABR Editor), Sheila Fitzpatrick and Geordie Williamson.
How to enter online
- Online entries should be either PDFs or Word documents. The text should be presented with 1.5 spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages should be numbered.
- The author’s name must not appear in the document or in the name of the digital file.
- The file name should only include the title of the essay.
- Online entrants will receive automatic confirmation of receipt.
How to enter by mail
- Use the entry form available for download on the website.
- Essays sent by post must be printed on single-sided A4 paper, with 1.5 spacing and 12 pt font size.
- Only one copy is required.
- Manuscripts and images will not be returned.
- The essayist’s name must not appear on the manuscript – only on the entry form.
- Cheques should be made payable to Australian Book Review.
- Entries will not be accepted by email or fax.
- Address for posted entries: Calibre Prize, Australian Book Review, Studio 2, 207 City Road, Southbank, Victoria 3006, Australia.
- Hard-copy entries will be acknowledged by email within one month of receipt (as long as a valid email address is provided).