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The winner of the 2023 Calibre Essay Prize is Tracy Ellis for her essay 'Flow States' which appears in our May 2023 issue. The runner up is Bridget Vincent for her essay 'Child Adjacent' which will appear in a future issue. 

For more information about Tracy Ellis, Bridget Vincent and the results of the 2023 Calibre Essay Prize click here.

The shortlist for the 2023 Calibre Essay Prize was announced on 11 April 2023. 

Status: Winner, runner-up and shortlist announced

Prize money: $7,500

Dates: 14 October 2022 – 15 January 2023, 11:59 pm 

Judges: Yves Rees, Peter Rose and Beejay Silcox

The winning essay will be published in the May issue of ABR.

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.



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 April 2023 issue, followed by the runner-up.


Entry fees

Current ABR subscribers: $20
Standard/non subscribers: $30*

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


Entry + subscription bundles

Entry + 1-year digital subscription: $90
Entry + 1-year print subscription (Australia): $110
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 ($20).

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