About Australian Book Review

Australian Book Review (ABR), one of Australia’s major cultural magazines, is committed to the presentation of high-quality journalism and new writing for the widest possible audience: by engaging fully with the broader culture (theatre, music, dance, film, visual arts, festivals); by ensuring diversity of content, writers and readership; by providing a forum for new Australian writers and reviewers; by raising the standards of literary criticism in Australia; and by furthering the recognition of our literary heritage.

ABR is an independent, not-for-profit monthly magazine, governed by an independent Board, managed by a small, skilled editorial and management team, and committed to the publication and promotion of creative and critical writing of the highest standard. Through its print and digital publishing, website, prizes, fellowships, themed issues, internships, events and partnerships, it makes a major contribution to Australia’s culture of ideas. 

Created in 1961, it lapsed in 1974 and was revived in 1978. This year thus marks the fortieth birthday of the second series.

Peter Rose is the Editor; and Colin Golvan QC is Chairperson of the Board. The Editor often consults an advisory board comprising writers and academics around the country.

ABR publishes reviews, essays, commentaries, interviews and new creative writing. The magazine is national in readership, authorship, distribution, events and partners. It is available in print and online via ABR Online.

Through ABR Arts, ABR engages with all the arts and publishes timely, extended reviews of new films, plays, operas, concerts, dance, festivals, and art exhibitions.

ABR’s diverse programs include three prestigious international prizes, writers’ fellowships worth as much as $10,000, themed issues, national events, cultural tours, and paid editorial internships.

ABR is committed to highlighting the strengths of critical and creative writing around Australia and presenting them to an international audience. We pay for everything we publish – print and online – and our rates have almost trebled in recent years.

ABR is a bona fide Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. We have a successful philanthropy program which has helped to transform this magazine in recent years. Our many Patrons are listed elsewhere on the website.