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2024 Calibre Essay Prize



Posted on 22 October 2023

22 January 2024

Who may enter
The competition is open to all essayists writing in English. There is no age limit.

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

“ We welcome essays of all kinds: personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental. 

Entries must be a single non-fiction essay of 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Essays must be written in English. 

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

Entries must be submitted online via the ABR website entry page.

Entry fee
Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU$30, or AU$20 for current ABR subscribers.

The winner will receive AU$5,000.
The runner-up will receive AU$3,000.
Third place will receive AU$2,000.

The winning essay will be published in the April 2024 issue (print and online). 

Competition website
For further information visit the official competition website.