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ABR gratefully acknowledges the support of its Patrons
Generous donations from Patrons have transformed Australian Book Review in recent years, with major benefits for Australian writers and readers. These donations have enabled us to expand our programs, to diversify the magazine, and to be more ambitious and outward-looking. Most importantly, we have increased our payments to contributors at a time when paid freelance opportunities are relatively few. Our three literary prizes, our Fellowship program, and ABR Arts are only possible because of cultural philanthropy. With support from Patrons we look forward to preserving and improving the magazine for another forty years. In recognition of our Patrons’ continuing generosity, ABR records multiple donations cumulatively.
Parnassian ($100,000 or more)
Acmeist ($75,000 to $99,999)
Olympian ($50,000 to $74,999)
Morag Fraser AM
Colin Golvan AM QC
Maria Myers AC
Augustan ($25,000 to $49,999)
Anita Apsitis and Graham Anderson
Dr Steve and Mrs TJ Christie
Peter Corrigan AM (1941–2016)
Peter McLennan and Mary-Ruth Sindrey
Ruth and Ralph Renard
Kim Williams AM
Imagist ($15,000 to $24,999)
Emeritus Professor David Carment AM
Professor Glyn Davis AC and Professor Margaret Gardner AC
Lady Potter AC CMRI
Vorticist ($10,000 to $14,999)
Professor Ian Donaldson and Dr Grazia Gunn
Emeritus Professor Anne Edwards AO
Professor Colin and Ms Carol Nettelbeck
Peter Rose and Christopher Menz
Emeritus Professor Andrew Taylor AM
Futurist ($5,000 to $9,999)
Geoffrey Applegate OBE and Sue Glenton
Professor The Hon. Kevin Bell AM QC and Tricia Byrnes
Dr Neal Blewett AC
John Button (1932–2008)
Professor The Hon. Gareth Evans AC QC
Professor Margaret Harris
The Hon. Peter Heerey AM QC
Dr Alastair Jackson AM
Neil Kaplan CBE QC and Su Lesser
Dr Susan Lever
Professor John Rickard
Ilana Snyder and Ray Snyder AM
Mary Vallentine AO
Susan Varga and Anne Coombs
Bret Walker SC
Ruth Wisniac OAM and Dr John Miller AO
Modernist ($2,500 to $4,999)
Professor Frank Bongiorno AM
John Bryson AM
Professor Jan Carter AM
Donna Curran and Patrick McCaughey
Emeritus Professor Helen Ennis
Dr Joan Grant
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Dr Kerry James
Dr Barbara Kamler
Linsay and John Knight
Professor John Langmore AM
Stephen Newton AO
Dr Trish Richardson and Andy Lloyd James
Dr Jennifer Strauss AM
Robert Session AM
Dr Barbara Wall
Jacki Weaver AO
Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby AM
Lyn Williams AM
Romantic ($1,000 to $2,499)
Nicole Abadee and Rob Macfarlan
Samuel Allen and Beejay Silcox
Professor Dennis Altman AM
Australian Communities Foundation (JRA Support Fund)
Judith Bishop and Petr Kuzmin
Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick
Professor Paul Giles
Professor Russell Goulbourne
Professor Nick Haslam
Dr Michael Henry AM
Associate Professor Sarah Holland-Batt
Professor Grace Karskens
Dr Brenda Niall AO
Professor Michael L. Ondaatje
Diana and Helen O'Neil
Judith Pini (honouring Agnes Helen Pini, 1939-2016)
Estate of Dorothy Porter
Emeritus Professor Roger Rees
Professor David Rolph
Dr Della Rowley (in memory of Hazel Rowley, 1951–2011)
Professor Lynette Russell AM
Emerita Professor Susan Sheridan and Emerita Professor Susan Magarey AM
Professor Janna Thompson
Symbolist ($500 to $999)
Damian and Sandra Abrahams
Professor Michael Adams
Dr Georgina Arnott
Professor Nicholas Brown
Professor Kate Burridge
Jim Davidson AM
Dr Peter Goldsworthy AM
Associate Professor Michael Halliwell
Dr Benjamin Huf
Dr Amanda Johnson
Professor Ronan McDonald
Dr Brian McFarlane OAM
Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM
Dr Lyndon Megarrity
Felicity St John Moore
Professor Anne Pender
J.W. de B. Persse
Emeritus Professor Wilfrid Prest
Dr Jan Richardson
Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis
Dr Josephine Taylor
Emeritus Professor Ian Tyrrell
Dr Helen Tyzack
Emeritus Professor James Walter
Professor Jen Webb
Professor Rita Wilson
Dr Diana and Mr John Wyndham
Realist ($250 to $499)
Philip Brown and Penny Adams
Andrew Freeman FACS
Dr Anna Goldsworthy
Margaret Robson Kett
Emeritus Professor Michael Morley
Dr Lucy Neave
Ann Marie Ritchie
ABR Bequest Program
Peter Corrigan AM
Dr Kerryn Goldsworthy
Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis
Advertising in Australian Book Review is the perfect way for you to promote your books, festivals, performances, exhibitions, events and other products to our discerning, affluent, arts-loving, book-buying readers.
There has never been a better time to advertise with Australian Book Review. Thanks to our suite of highly regarded prizes and programs, our vibrant events program, our popular new website and elegant online edition, and our themed issues, our profile has never been higher. Our circulation and readership are steadily growing.
For rates, specifications, and more about our readers, download our ABR Media Kit
For all advertising enquiries, please contact:
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Australian Book Review (founded in 1961) was revived in 1978. In 2018 we celebrated the fortieth birthday of the second series – a milestone for any literary magazine. No other magazine covers Australian writing in such detail. We want ABR to thrive for the next forty years – and beyond.
You can help to entertain and edify generations of new readers. Have you considered making a gift in your will to ABR? What better way is there to make a long-term contribution to our literary culture? Bequests help us to offer literary prizes, to commission more new writing and literary journalism, to fund literary fellowships, to increase payments to writers, and to broaden our internship program for bright young writers and editors.
Sarah Holland-Batt is Chair of ABR. Sarah, who joined the Board in 2017, is the first Queenslander to hold this position – and our youngest Chair to date. Her most recent book of poems is The Hazards (UQP, 2015), which received the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, fellowships at MacDowell and Yaddo colonies in the United States, and an Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio Library in Rome, among other honours. She presently works as an Associate Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT.
Professor Rae Frances AM
Colin Golvan AM QC
Dr Billy Griffiths
Professor Vanessa Lemm
Professor Sharon Pickering
Robert Sessions AM
Professor Ilana Snyder
Dr Danielle Clode
Dr Clare Corbould
Professor Mark Edele
Dr Kári Gíslason
Professor Tom Griffiths AO
Professor Sue Kossew
Dr Bruce Moore
Dr Rachel Robertson
Professor Lynette Russell
Professor Alistair Thomson
Dr Peter Tregear
Dr Ben Wellings
Professor Rita Wilson
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 Advice 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 – Advice 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.
Is ABR Arts looking for new contributors?
ABR Arts covers all the arts – film, theatre, music, dance, art exhibitions, festivals, etc. We pay for everything we publish, and we are publicly committed to increasing our rates when we can. All reviews appear promptly online; some later appear in the print edition.
ABR is always looking for discerning critics and arts journalists. This document – Advice for new ABR Arts contributors – sets out what we offer our journalists, how we work with them, and what we require from them in return.
We welcome expressions of interest from arts journalists.
Does ABR pay its writers?
ABR pays for everything it publishes – print or online. ABR is a proud advocate for young writers and a keen defender of critical standards.
Does ABR accept poetry submissions?
ABR is not currently accepting poetry submissions.
The next Peter Porter Poetry Prize (worth a total of $10,000) will open in July 2020.
Does ABR accept short story submissions?
ABR is not currently accepting submissions of non-Jolley short stories.
The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (worth a total of $12,500) will open again in early 2021.
The ABR Patrons Program has transformed the magazine and greatly benefited Australian writers and freelance writers. At a time of real financial difficulty for many writers and diminishing paid freelance work elsewhere, our generous Patrons have enabled us to increase our payments substantially, to diversify our programs, and to foster brilliant new writing. We pay for everything we publish, and we are committed to increasing our current rates.
ABR – Australia’s leading literary magazine since 1961 – is a stylish and dynamic publication. Our support for writers and reviewers takes many forms: increased payments, scrupulous editing, public advocacy, talks and workshops, active marketing and PR, and exposure to our international audience.
ABR is an independent not-for-profit organisation fully dependent on money raised from subscribers, donors, foundations, government, and advertising. ABR is a bona-fide Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and are much appreciated. Private support is essential for the continued growth of ABR.
In recognition of our Patrons’ continuing generosity, ABR records multiple donations cumulatively.
What do ABR Patrons support?
Better payments for writers
Three annual literary prizes
Fiction and poetry in the magazine
Discounted subscriptions for young readers
National arts coverage through ABR Arts
ABR acknowledges its generous Patrons at the following levels:
Realist: $250 to $499
Symbolist: $500 to $999
Romantic: $1,000 to $2,499
Modernist: $2,500 to $4,999
Futurist: $5,000 to $9,999
To donate to ABR click here.
To view our current list of ABR Patrons click here
Alternatively, you can download a Patrons donation form and post or fax it: (03) 9699 8803
In 2001 Peter Rose became the Editor of Australian Book Review. Previously he was a publisher at Oxford University Press throughout the 1990s. His reviews and essays appear in various publications. He has published several books of poetry, a family memoir, Rose Boys, and two novels, the most recent being Roddy Parr (Fourth Estate, 2010). He edited the 2007 and 2008 editions of The Best Australian Poems (Black Inc.). His most recent publication is a volume of poems, The Subject of Feeling (UWA Publishing, 2015). Peter Rose’s long experience in publishing and the literary world complement the magazine’s history of central involvement in Australian letters.
Amy Baillieu completed a Masters of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the same university with majors in English Literature and French. She also attended the Sorbonne in Paris, where she completed a Cours de Langue et Civilisation Français in 2007. She was Junior Editor for two years before becoming Philanthropy Manager and then Deputy Editor in 2012.
Jack Callil became Digital Editor in 2020 after being Assistant Editor for two years. He is also a freelance copyeditor, proofreader, and podcast producer, and has worked editorially with both Meanjin and Voiceworks. His writing spans journalism, reviews, non-fiction, and fiction, and has featured in Vice Australia, The Lifted Brow, Junkee, Imprint, Voiceworks, and Australian Book Review, among others. In 2017, his creative nonfiction piece 'When Everything Goes Shit For A Bit' was winner of the Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Award. In 2018, he was an Express Media judge for the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize. His twitter is @jackcallil
Grace Chang holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics) and has worked in various roles including government, finance and insurance.
John Hawke is a Senior Lecturer, specialising in poetry, at Monash University. His books include Australian Literature and the Symbolist Movement, Poetry and the Trace (co-edited with Ann Vickery), and the volume of poetry Aurelia, which received the 2015 Anne Elder award.
Christopher Menz commenced working at Australian Book Review in 2010. Prior to that, he had a twenty-five year career in Australian art museums, specialising in the decorative arts. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. In addition to reviewing for ABR he has published extensively on European and Australian decorative arts, in particular on the design work of William Morris. He also leads cultural tours for ABR and Academy Travel.
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