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Frequently Asked Questions regarding ABR

When was Australian Book Review founded?

Australian Book Review, edited by Max Harris and Rosemary Wighton, was founded in 1961. The first series folded in 1974. The magazine was revived in 1978.

How often does it appear?

Eleven times a year.

Who is the Editor?

Peter Rose.

Do you pay your writers?

ABR pays for everything it publishes.

Do you have a digital edition?

We do – ABR Online.

Does the magazine only review Australian books?

No. About a quarter of books reviewed in ABR are published overseas.

Does ABR only publish book reviews?

No. We also publish essays, commentaries, Q&As, travel writing, new creative writing, podcasts, and arts reviews.

Are you open to new writers?

Definitely. Each year about a quarter of our writers are new to the magazine. We encourage writers and reviewers to approach us.

Do you edit reviews and articles?

ABR edits and proofreads thoroughly. Contributors are shown our edits. We will also send them proofs on request.

How should I go about seeking freelance work at ABR?

First, consult our guidelines for reviewers and arts journalists. We encourage new writers to acquaint themselves with ABR before approaching us. ABR looks for writers who are familiar with our content, our style, our mission.

How can I subscribe to ABR?

Via our Subscriptions page.

If I’m not ready or able to subscribe yet, how can I keep up with your programs?

Sign up for our free e-bulletins. Alternatively, we would be happy to send you a PDF version of the current issue (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

How can I make a donation to ABR?

Via our Donations page.

Do you review film and theatre and music, etc.?

We do. Our arts content has soared in recent years, and we are actively looking for assured arts journalists.

Do you offer prizes?

We conduct three annual prizes – the Peter Porter Poetry Prize ($10,000), the Calibre Essay Prize ($7,500), and the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize ($12,500).

I am not Australian? May I enter these prizes?

Anyone writing in English can enter our prizes, regardless of where they live.

Does ABR offer a manuscript assessment service?


Do you publish letters to the editor?

We welcome letters. Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments can also be posted on the website.

Do you accept review copies of new books?

Yes. Please consult our Submissions page.

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