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2022 Calibre Essay Prize Judges

07 October 2021 Written by Australian Book Review

Declan FryDeclan Fry is a writer, poet, and essayist. Born on Wongatha country in Kalgoorlie, he was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2020 and awarded the 2021 Peter Blazey Fellowship for the Meanjin essay ‘Justice for Elijah or a Spiritual Dialogue With Ziggy Ramo, Dancing’. His work has appeared in Australian Book Review, Liminal, The Monthly, The Guardian, Overland, Westerly, and elsewhere. Twitter: @_declanfry.

 

 

Beejay SilcoxBeejay Silcox is an Australian writer and critic, and the recipient of ABR’s Fortieth Birthday Fellowship. Her literary criticism and cultural commentary regularly appear in national arts publications, and is increasingly finding an international audience, including in the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and The New York Times. Her award-winning short stories have been published at home and abroad, and have been selected for a number of Australian anthologies.

 

Peter RosePeter Rose has been Editor of Australian Book Review since 2001. Previously he was a publisher at Oxford University Press. His reviews and essays have appeared mostly in ABR. He has published six books of poetry, two novels, and a family memoir, Rose Boys (Text Publishing), which won the 2003 National Biography Award. 

 

21 July 2021 Written by Australian Book Review

Calibre Logo 2021 copy 

ABR welcomes entries in the 2022 Calibre Essay Prize, worth $7,500. The Prize is open to all essayists writing in English. We seek essays of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. We welcome essays of all kinds: personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental. Founded in 2007, the Calibre Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new non-fiction essay.


Status: Open for entry

Prize money: $7,500

Open until: 17 January 2022, 11:59 pm 

Judges: Declan Fry, Peter Rose, and Beejay Silcox  



 

Past winners

Click the link for more information about past winners and to read their essays.

 

FAQs and Terms and Conditions

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us with queries about the Calibre Prize.

Before entering the Calibre Essay Prize, all entrants must read the Terms and Conditions.

 

Exclusivity

Entries may be offered elsewhere during the judging of the Calibre Prize. If an entrant is longlisted and has their essay offered elsewhere, the entrant will have 24 hours to decide if they would like to withdraw their essay on offer elsewhere or from the Calibre Prize. Exclusivity is essential for longlisted essays. The overall winning essay will be published in the magazine in the May 2022 with the runner-up to be published later in the year.

 

Entry fees

Current ABR subscribers: $15
Standard/non subscribers: $25*

*All non-subscribers will automatically receive four-month digital access to ABR free of charge.

 

Entry + subscription bundles

Entry + 1-year digital subscription: $80
Entry + 1-year print subscription (Australia): $100
Entry + 1-year print subscription (NZ and Asia): $190
Entry + 1-year print subscription (Rest of World): $210

Those who purchase a subscription while entering will be able to submit subsequent entries at the subscriber rate ($15).


ABR warmly acknowledges the generous support of ABR Patrons Mary-Ruth Sindrey and Peter McLennan.

2021 ABR Patrons’ Fellowship – worth $10,000

20 July 2021 Written by Australian Book Review

Australian Book Review is pleased to advertise the 2021 ABR Patrons’ Fellowship, worth $10,000.

The ABR Fellowships – funded by the magazine’s generous Patrons – give writers a chance to extend their practice through a series of substantial articles. The Fellow will make a broad contribution to the magazine over the course of twelve months. ABR welcomes proposals from Australian creative writers, freelance reviewers, journalists, commentators and scholars. The Fellow’s articles will appear in the print magazine and online. Contributors to the magazine and previous Fellows and Fellowship applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please read below for information on how to apply. Applications must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on 1 September 2021 (AEDT).

 


Application Guidelines

 

What is the ABR Patrons’ Fellowship?

‍The ABR Fellowships – funded by the magazine’s generous Patrons – give senior contributors a chance to extend their practice through a series of substantial articles. The Fellow will make a broad contribution to the magazine over the course of twelve months. We welcome proposals from writers, reviewers, journalists, commentators, and scholars.

What will the Fellow contribute?

ABR seeks three substantial articles from a highly engaged and professional writer. As ABR broadens its long-form journalism, we look for essays or commentaries on the most pressing issues in literature, the arts, Australian and international politics (especially race and gender), and the environment. Each article will run to about 3,000 words. The articles (agreed on with the ABR Editor) will be staggered over twelve months. They will appear in the print and online editions of ABR. The Fellow will be available for media coverage and at least one event. NB: the Fellow is not expected to complete the Fellowship on-site.

What will the Fellow receive?

‍The Fellow will receive a total of $10,000, in three instalments, and work closely with the ABR Editor, Peter Rose.

Who can apply?

‍Any published writer can apply, however young. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status in Australia. ABR staff and board members are ineligible. Contributors to the magazine are encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from First Nations writers and those with diverse backgrounds.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section on our website. Applicants may wish to discuss their proposals with the Editor before finalising them: (03) 9699 8822 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application should comprise a proposal of two pages plus a short CV. Applicants should summarise the following:

  • their interest in the magazine and its direction;
  • how their contributions will advance ABR and win us new readers;
  • the likely nature/scope/genre of the three articles. (We are mindful that the Fellowship will evolve throughout the year.)

Applicants should also attach two examples of their literary journalism.

Applications must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on 1 September 2021 (AEDT). There is no application fee.

Familiarity with ABR

ABR looks for support and engagement from its senior contributors. Applicants must demonstrate considerable familiarity with ABR – its style, its content, its direction. Those unfamiliar with the magazine should not apply. Visit our website to subscribe to the print and/or digital edition.

Selection process

The Fellow will be chosen by a panel including ABR Editor Peter Rose. We expect to name the Fellow within four weeks of closure. No correspondence will be entered into once the decision has been announced. ABR reserves the right not to award a Fellowship in a particular round.

How can I find out about past ABR Fellowships?

Information about the previous Fellowships is available here.

 


Please read our list of Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us with a question about the ABR Fellowship program.

The ABR Patrons’ Fellowship is generously funded by the ABR Patrons.

 


Click here to find out more about the ABR Fellowship program.

Click here to find out more about current Fellowships.

Click here to find out more about published Fellowships.

2022 Porter Prize Judges

13 July 2021 Written by Australian Book Review

Sarah Holland-BattSarah Holland-Batt is the author of two award-winning books of poetry, Aria and The Hazards (UQP), and a forthcoming volume of essays on contemporary poetry, Fishing for Lightning: The spark of poetry (UQP, 2021). She is the recipient of a number of honours, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry and a Sydney Myer Creative Fellowship. As of 2021, she is the Judy Harris Writer in Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney, and works as an Associate Professor at QUT.

 

Jaya SavigeJaya Savige’s most recent collection is Change Machine (UQP 2020). He is Assistant Professor of English and Head of Creative Writing at New College of the Humanities, Northeastern University, and Poetry Editor for The Australian. His previous collections include Latecomers, which won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Poetry, and Surface to Air, shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year and the West Australian Premier’s Prize. He read for a PhD on James Joyce at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, and has held Australia Council residencies at the B.R. Whiting Library, Rome, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

 

Anders VillaniAnders Villani holds an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where he received the Delbanco Prize for poetry. His first full-length collection, Aril Wire, was released in 2018 by Five Islands Press. A PhD candidate at Monash University, he lives in Melbourne.

 

2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

12 May 2021 Written by Australian Book Review

Status: Entries have closed

First prize: $AU$6,000

Four other shortlisted poets: $AU$1,000

Closes: 4 October 2021

Judges: Sarah Holland-Batt, Jaya Savige, and Anders Villani (read more)


Entries have now closed for the eighteenth Peter Porter Poetry Prize. The Prize was open for entries from 15 July 2021 until midnight, 4 October 2021. This year the Porter Prize is worth a total of AU$10,000 – with a first prize of $6,000.

Entries must be an original single-authored poem of not more than 70 lines written in English. Poems must not have been previously published. The five shortlisted poems will be published in the January–February 2022 issue and the winner will be announced at a ceremony later that month.

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected poetry awards. It honours the life and work of the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010), an honoured contributor to ABR for many years. All poets writing in English are eligible to enter.

Click here for more information about past winners and to read their poems.

 

Terms and Conditions / FAQs

Before entering the Porter Prize, all poets must read the Terms and Conditions.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us with queries about the Porter Prize.

 

Entry fees

Online entry (current ABR subscriber) - $15
Online entry (standard/non subscriber) - $25*

  • *Non-subscribers will receive digital access to ABR free of charge for four months.

 

Special online entry + subscription bundles
Subsequent entries may be submitted at the subscriber rate.

Online entry + digital ABR subscription - $80
Online entry + Print subscription (Australia) - $100
Online entry + Print subscription (NZ and Asia) - $190
Online entry + Print subscription (Rest of World) - $210

 


Click here for more information about past winners and to read their poems.

We gratefully acknowledge the long-standing support of Morag Fraser AM and Andrew Taylor AM. 

Payment Complete – Elizabeth Jolley Prize

03 May 2021 Written by Australian Book Review

Success

Thank you for entering the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.

If you created a new account to enter, you can now sign in with the Username and Password you entered. Simply click 'Sign In' in the top left-hand corner to enter your details. We hope you enjoy reading our extensive archive going back to 1978.

If you wish to submit another entry to the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, click here to return to the entry form. Remember to first sign in with your new ABR account before entering multiple entries.

ABR Editorial Cadetship

26 February 2021 Written by Australian Book Review

Applications are now closed for the ABR Editorial Cadetship.

The Cadetship (supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas) is a full-time twelve-month position, starting in April 2021. The total package is worth $45k to $50K per annum (plus superannuation).

pdfPosition description and application guidelines

 

 


 

'I feel a tremendous sense of pride to have worked for a prestigious literary and arts journal that upholds exemplary editorial standards while fostering emerging talent.'

Dilan Gunawardana
ABR Deputy Editor (Digital) 2017-2018, ABR Editorial Intern 2016–17

‘Being on the staff of a magazine of the calibre of Australian Book Review, with its long history in Australian letters and fine editorial standards, is a singular experience, and it has no doubt been the defining event of my professional life thus far.’

Milly Main
ABR Ian Potter Foundation Editorial Intern, 2012

 

‘As the recipient of an internship at Australian Book Review in 2009, I know the benefits of such a program firsthand. My internship was an unqualified success, and resulted not only in an increase in my editing knowledge and skills, but also in full-time employment.’

Mark Gomes
ABR Australian Publishers Association Editorial Intern, 2009

2021 Jolley Prize Judges

07 January 2021 Written by Australian Book Review

Gregory DayGregory Day is a novelist, poet, and musician from the Eastern Otways region of southwest Victoria, Australia. His latest novel, A Sand Archive, was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award. Day is a winner of the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and was joint winner of the 2011 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for 'The Neighbour's Beans'. In 2020, Day was awarded the Patrick White Prize for his ongoing body of work.

 

 

 

 

 

Melinda Harvey

Melinda Harvey is a book critic who has written for a wide variety of publications, including Australian Book Review, since 2004. She is on the judging panel of the Miles Franklin Literary Award (2017-present) and works on the Stella Count, which assesses the extent of gender bias in Australia’s book pages annually (2014-present). She currently holds a JUNCTURE Fellowship for Mid-Career and Established Critics at the Sydney Review of Books and is Lecturer in English at Monash University.

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Tan(photograph by Leah Jing McIntosh)Elizabeth Tan is a writer from Perth. She is the author of two books: Rubik (2017), a novel-in-stories, and Smart Ovens for Lonely People (2020), a short story collection which won the 2020 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

Camilla Chaudhary wins the 2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

18 December 2020 Written by Australian Book Review

Australian Book Review is delighted to announce that Camilla Chaudhary is the winner of this year’s ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for their story ‘The Enemy, Asyndeton’. She receives $6,000. This year’s prize – worth a total of $12,500 – received 1,428 entries from thirty-six different countries. Lauren Sarazen placed second and receives $4,000 for her story ‘There Are No Stars Here, Either’, and John Richards placed third and receives $2,500 for his story ‘A Fall from Grace’.

The 2021 Jolley Prize was judged by Gregory Day, Melinda Harvey, and Elizabeth Tan. The judges’ report, as well as the full longlist, can be found below. 

Each of the shortlisted stories are published in the 2021 August issue (purchase single issues here). ABR extends a warm congratulations to Camilla Chaudhary, Lauren Sarazen, and John Richards, as well as to the longlisted entrants. Thank you to all who entered this year’s prize. We look forward to receiving your entries next year. 

 

Winner

Camilla Chaudhary
for The Enemy, Asyndeton

Camilla ChaudaryCamilla Chaudhary was born in Birmingham, UK, to British and Pakistani parents. After graduating from Cambridge University, she worked briefly as a literary publicist in London before moving into social policy research. She started writing fiction while her children were young and has just completed a second novel, Notes on a Jilting. She currently lives in Sydney with her husband and three children and continues to combine her career in research with writing.

  

Second

‍Lauren Sarazen
for There Are No Stars Here, Either

lauren.sarazen copyLauren Sarazen is a writer who lives in Paris, France. Originally from Southern California, she graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Creative Writing and received her MA in Literature from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her words have appeared in Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The London Magazine, The Washington Post, VICE, Elle, Air Mail, and more.

 

Third

J‍ohn Richards
forA Fall from Grace’‍

John RichardsJohn Richards has previously lived in Manchester, London, and Singapore. He now lives in Brisbane with his wife and four children. In a previous life he was a lawyer. ‘A Fall from Grace’ is his first published work of fiction. He is writing more short stories and a novel.

 

 

 


 

Full longlist

‘What Happened on Djinn Island’ by Shastri Akella (USA)
‘A Dog’s Life’ by Dominic Amerena (Greece)
‘The Funeral of Maria Luisa Rafaella Ciervo’ by Melinda Borysevicz (Italy)
‘The Enemy, Asyndeton’ by Camilla Chaudhary (New South Wales) – Shortlisted
‘The Memorial’ by David Cohen (Queensland)
‘Ghost’ by Daryl Li (Singapore)
‘Furniture’ by Jennifer Mills (South Australia)
‘Everything Bagel’ by Matthew Pitt (USA)
‘The Annex’ by Anthony Purdy (Canada)
‘A Fall from Grace’ by John Richards (Queensland) – Shortlisted
‘There Are No Stars Here, Either’ by Lauren Sarazen (France) – Shortlisted
‘Revisionist’ by Liza St. James (USA)
‘Bad Tub’ by Liza St. James (USA)
‘Ver Says’ by Laura Elizabeth Woollett (Victoria)

 


 

Judges’ comments

‘A Fall from Grace’ is a deliciously enigmatic story, rich in the overtones of the international canon – Balzac, Calvino, Borges. Set in pre-revolutionary rural France, a talented painter’s career receives an unforeseen jolt that simultaneously shadows his life and propels his work from realist proficiency to metaphysical greatness. The story brilliantly elides character with environment, capturing us via a delicately crafted blend of reportage, imagery, and atmosphere. Ultimately, the writer’s own image-making power fuses with the compelling narrative of the painter, giving us the thrill of historical fiction at its most immersive.

In ‘The Enemy, Asyndeton’, Elizabeth is godmother to teenaged Julia, but actually it’s Julia’s younger sister, Asha, with whom Elizabeth feels the greater bond. One conversation ignites a peculiar obsession in Elizabeth, awakening her hitherto tepid godmotherly instincts. ‘The Enemy, Asyndeton’ is a delightful, nimble story; the characters bristle with life, and the dialogue is crisply rendered. The author deftly prevents Asha’s precocity from sliding into tweeness, and, although it becomes increasingly apparent that Elizabeth is making a little too much of Asha’s ‘seething inner brilliance’, the author depicts Elizabeth’s predicament with warmth, understanding, and humour.

In ‘There Are No Stars Here, Either’, a woman named Caroline travels through Italy while conducting an online relationship with D, a man she met two weeks earlier. This story is written in effervescent sentences that capture the enthusiasm and fickleness of its narrator as well as of her continuous headlong movement. Also captured are the intensities of youthful romance, a state in which the imagination is irrepressible, even when it has little to go on. The story pokes gentle fun at the strange pull of a mediated life over real-world experiences: the pull is strong enough to have Caroline barely taking in the prodigious beauty that surrounds her, such as the paintings of the Italian Renaissance in the Florence galleries or the palaces, piazzas, and canals of Venice.

 


ABR warmly acknowledges the generous support of ABR Patron Ian Dickson, who makes the Jolley Prize possible in this lucrative form. We congratulate all the longlisted and shortlisted authors.

 


 

Previous winners

Subscribers to ABR can read previous prize-winning stories to the Jolley Prize. To read these stories, click here.

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Payment Complete – Calibre Essay Prize

14 October 2020 Written by Australian Book Review

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Thank you for entering the Calibre Essay Prize.

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If you wish to submit another entry to the Calibre Essay Prize, click here to return to the entry form. Remember to first sign in with your new ABR account before entering multiple entries.