The Calibre Essay Prize 2018


15th January 2018

Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. There is no age limit.

The Calibre Essay Prize is an annual Australian Book Review essay-writing award.

Entries must be a single essay of 3,000 to 6,000 words, written in English. Essays can be on any non-fiction subject.

Previously published, prize-winning, or broadcast essays will not be accepted.

Online entry is required.

The Calibre Essay Prize will be judged by Andrea Goldsmith, Phillipa McGuinness, and Peter Rose.

Entry fee
Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU$25, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers.

The winner will receive AU$5,000
The runner-up will receive AU $2,500

The winning essay will be published in ABR’s 400th issue in April 2018.

Please visit to learn more about the competition.