The Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay is open again. The winner will receive $5,000. This year, for the first time, Calibre is open to writers around the world. We also have a quick, inexpensive online entry system. Guidelines and the entry form are available on our website. Entries close on 19 January 2015. The judges on this occasion are Delia Falconer and Peter Rose, our Editor.
Calibre has been a major contributor to the renascence of the essay in this country. Past winners include Kevin Brophy, Christine Piper, and Martin Thomas. This is the ninth time we have offered Calibre. We are only able to do because of the continuing generosity of Mr Colin Golvan QC.
Our Environment issue
We’re having fun planning our first Environment issue, to be published in November, with grand support from the Bjarne K. Dahl Trust. The centre-piece is a long article by Danielle Clode, the inaugural ABR Dahl Trust Fellow. This special issue will also feature a photo essay by renowned photographer Alison Pouliot. Other contributors include Tom Griffiths, Ruth Morgan, Mark McKenna, Ian Lowe, and Bill Gammage.
Nature Writing Prize
Like Calibre, the Nature Writing Prize – now being offered for the third time – is worth $5,000. The Nature Conservancy, which presents this prize, seeks essays of 3,000 to 5,000 words that are ‘set within an Australian Landscape and explore the author’s sense of “place”’. ABR will publish the winning essay. Entries close on 24 December, so we know what the judges – Jesse Blackadder and Robert Gray – will be doing over Christmas. Enter now via TNC's website.
A fine comic talent
Laurie Clancy (1942–2010) was an integral player in the entrenchment of ABR in its second guise. During the 1980s it was rare for an issue not to carry a review or article by Clancy; he wrote for the magazine dozens of times. Clancy published novels and criticism, but his short stories are particularly esteemed. Peter Pierce rates him as ‘one of the finest comic talents to write short fiction in Australia’. Now we have a substantial collection of the short stories: Jovial Harbinger of Doom (Michael Hanrahan Publishing, $35 pb), selected and edited by Richard Freadman. A review will follow.
Give a free gift subscription to ABR
We’re feeling generous again. New and renewing subscribers have until 31 December to give a friend a six-month subscription to ABR (print or online). You can qualify for this special offer by renewing your current subscription even before it is due to lapse. Renew for two years and give away two free subs, etc. Why not introduce a young reader or writer to ABR?
Comments on our website
Comments on our website are increasing in volume each month (we print some of them on our Letters page). But some commenters are a little confused about our online system. Here are some tips.
Readers’ Choice Award
One lucky voter will receive twenty-five Text Classics, courtesy of Text Publishing. Two voters will receive two-year complimentary subscriptions to ABR Online.