How do arts companies have their productions reviewed in ABR?

ABR publishes timely, extended, knowledgeable reviews of plays, operas, films, concerts of all sorts, dance, festivals and art exhibitions - most of them in Australia, with some from overseas. All reviews appear open-access at ABR Arts. Some later appear in the print edition.

If you would like a production from your company to be considered for review in ABR Arts, please send the relevant information by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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 link to the review will be sent to you upon publication.

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 15:24

About Australian Book Review

Australian Book Review (ABR) is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines. Created in 1961, it lapsed in 1974 and was revived in 1978. This year thus marks the fortieth birthday of the second series.

ABR is a fully independent non-profit organisation. Its primary aims are several: to foster high critical standards; to provide an outlet for fine new writing; and to contribute to the preservation of literary values and a full appreciation of Australia’s literary heritage.

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.

Thursday, 29 March 2018 17:38

ABR Timeline - Highlights


Australian Book Review is founded in Adelaide by Max Harris and Geoffrey Dutton. This first series, edited by Max Harris and Rosemary Wighton, ran until 1974.


Australian Book Review is revived, with John McLaren as Editor


John Gorton writes about six Australian prime ministers


Kerryn Goldsworthy becomes the second Editor


In the 100th issue Manning Clark reviews Kate Grenville’s Joan Makes History


Rosemary Sorensen becomes the fourth Editor, succeeding Louise Adler


David Malouf reviews David Marr’s biography of Patrick White
Robert Dessaix’s influential essay on multiculturalism, ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’


Helen Daniel becomes the fifth Editor; forum on the Helen Demidenko controversy


With the closure of the National Book Council,  ABR becomes fully independent
Publication of the 200th issue in the second series
ABR moves to Richmond from Carlton


Tributes to Helen Daniel in the November issue
Aviva Tuffield wins the ABR Reviewing Competition


Peter Rose becomes the sixth Editor
ABR begins publishing new poems
Peter Porter writes at length about Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes


La Trobe University becomes principal sponsor


Former Editor Kerryn Goldsworthy reflects on the early years of ABR for the 250th issue in the second series


Flinders University becomes a sponsor
Stephen Edgar wins the first ABR Poetry Prize for his poem 'Man on the Moon'


Elisabeth Holdsworth wins the first Calibre Essay Prize for her essay 'An die nachgeborenen: For those who come after'


Publication of the 300th issue in the second series. The issue includes a birthday feature with an Editorial from Peter Rose and tributes from contributors including Inga Clendinnen, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Richard Walsh, and Clive James.


Michelle de Kretser is our first subject on Open Page
Mark Gomes becomes the first of many full-time paid interns


Maria Takolander wins the first ABR Short Story Prize for her story ‘A Roānkin Philosophy of Poetry


ABR Online is launched
Gregory Day and Carrie Tiffany share the renamed ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for their stories 'The Neighbour's Beans' and 'Before He Left the Family'
Patrick Allington is the inaugural ABR Patrons’ Fellow, his Fellowship essay 'What is Australia Anyway?: The Glorious Limitations of the Miles Franklin Literary Award’ appears in the June 2011 issue
Judith Bishop wins the renamed Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her poem 'Openings'


ABR moves to Boyd Community Hub in Southbank


Martin Thomas wins the Calibre Essay Prize for his essay “Because it’s your country”: Bringing Back the Bones to West Arnhem Land’ – our best-read online feature to date
Brian Matthews is our first Critic of the Month
Launch of ABR Arts, formerly Arts Update


Inaugural Environment issue, with the first ABR Eucalypt Fellowship essay by Danielle Clode
Robert Adamson is the first Poet of the Month
David Malouf is named ABR Laureate


Colin Golvan QC succeeds long-time Chair Morag Fraser
First Film & Television issue


New partnership with Monash University
First ABR cultural tour (USA)
Robyn Archer becomes the second ABR Laureate
States of Poetry is launched


Four-year funding from the Australia Council
Four ABR Fellowships
Prominent role in the marriage equality campaign including our Open Letter
Michael Heyward is our first Publisher of the Month


ABR celebrates its fortieth birthday
Beejay Silcox becomes the ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellow
ABR again increases payments to writers
Third ABR Cultural Tour (Germany)
ABR Open Letter in support of the ABC signed by 100 writers/commentators/artists/public figures


Felicity Plunkett becomes the 2019 ABR Patrons’ Fellow.
Andy Kissane and Belle Ling share the Peter Porter Poetry Prize.
Grace Karskens wins the Calibre Essay Prize
Sonja Dechian wins the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
ABR creates the ABR Behrouz Boochani Fellowship and the Indigenous Fellowship

This is issue no. 250, and the twenty-fifth consecutive year, of Australian Book Review. Issue No. 1 appeared in 1978, edited by John McLaren and published by the National Book Council. Since then the journal has survived and thrived, through changes of editor (though not very often) and of editorial policy (though not very much); through changes of appearance, ownership, sponsorship and affiliation.

However, that ‘250’ effaces a whole earlier chapter in the history of ABR. When Issue No. 1 appeared in June 1978, the magazine was not being started: it was being revived. The original incarnation was published out of Adelaide for twelve years, edited in the first instance by Max Harris, Geoffrey Dutton and Rosemary Wighton. Dutton dropped out along the way, but Harris and Wighton continued to edit the journal until its final issue at the end of 1973. The first issue of the original Australian Book Review – Vol. 1, No. 1 – was published in November 1961.

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