Submissions

How do publishers have their books reviewed in ABR?

We encourage publishers of all genres to make submissions for review in the magazine.

If you would like a book from your publishing house or independent press to be considered for review, please fill out the form below and send it with a copy of the book to the ABR postal address. Due to the volume of submissions and our small staff, we cannot guarantee a review and nor do we contact you personally to advise on the commissioning status. If a review is commissioned, a PDF of the review will be sent to you upon publication.

• Review submission form

Is ABR open to new writers?

Australian Book Review has a proud history of publishing new and younger writers and critics. Each year we publish around 300 writers/critics. Of them, usually 80–100 are completely new to the magazine – a measure of our openness to new voices and talent.

If you want to write for ABR, please read this pdfAdvice for New Reviewers, in which Peter Rose, our Editor, summarises what we look for in reviewers and describes how best to approach the magazine for work. This is intended to be a practical and encouraging document.

In a separate document – pdfAdvice for ABR Contributors – Peter Rose sets out what we offer contributors and what we need from them.

Before you approach ABR, get to know the magazine. Find out if its style and content suit your work. If you don't subscribe, buy a few issues or think about subscribing. In our new contributors we look for many things – wide reading, excellent grammar, punctuality, professionalism – but we are also looking for people with a real understanding of our style, our direction, and our content.

Does ABR pay its writers?

ABR pays for everything it publishes – print or online – and it pays increasingly well. Our standard rate for reviews has increased by 150% since 2013. We intend to increase these rates in coming years.

In his May 2015 editorial, Editor Peter Rose deplored the low or non-payment of freelance reviewers, especially younger ones. ABR is a proud advocate for young writers and a keen defender of critical standards.

Does ABR accept poetry submissions?

ABR publishes new poems throughout the year – in addition to poetry reviews, States of Poetry, Poet of the Month, and the Peter Porter Poetry Prize. We publish established and emerging poets – from Australia and elsewhere. We welcome submissions of no more than four poems in a single Word file or individual Word files. It’s helpful if poets who are new to ABR send us a brief biography.

Poems appearing in the print magazine currently attract payment of $400.

N.B. Space for poetry in the magazine is limited – apart from States of Poetry and the Porter Prize. Each year we publish about 30–40 additional poems. Thus, of necessity, we are forced to decline many outstanding poems. Fortunately, there are many other outstanding venues for fine new poems.

Poets should submit their work to ABR via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We do not accept submissions for the States of Poetry anthology project. The individual state editors select those poems.

Does ABR accept fiction submissions?

ABR is proud to present the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (established in 2010 and now worth $12,500) and to publish the shortlisted stories in the magazine. ABR also publishes new short stories on our website as part of  'ABR Fiction'. Some of these stories also appear in the print magazine. You can read short stories previously published in the magazine here.

ABR welcomes submissions to ABR Fiction from short story writers. Stories can be any length (although our preference is for stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words) and they should not have been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere. Our minimum payment for a short story is $400 (if the story appears on the website only) and $500 (if the story also appears in the print magazine).

Stories should be sent as word documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Response times may vary but we will endeavour to read and respond to all submissions within three months of receipt.