We’re feeling generous again! New and renewing subscribers can now direct a free six-month digital subscription of ABR to a friend or a colleague. Why not introduce an avid reader – especially a young one – to ABR?

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Yes, you still have time to enter the 2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. It closes at midnight on May 3 (AEDT). The Jolley Prize, worth a total of $12,500, is being judged by Gregory Day, Melinda Harvey, and Elizabeth Tan. Meanwhile, judging continues in the Calibre Essay Prize. In early May, we will inform all entrants of the status of their essays. We look forward to publishing the winning essay in the July issue. And looking ahead, the Peter Porter Poetry Prize will open in July. This will be the eighteenth year for ABR’s poetry prize.

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Voila! At last we have an extra issue, something we’ve wanted to effect for several years. No longer will readers have to endure winter with a June–July double issue of the magazine. A discrete July issue will follow.

We hope you enjoy the extra issue. It’s slightly different in composition from other ones, with more creative writing, several commentaries, and longer review essays, such as Declan Fry’s questioning reading of two new books by Stan Grant, and Lisa Gorton’s brilliant study of the new translation of Beowulf.

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Calibre Essay Prize

When ABR reported on the outcome of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize (won by Yves Rees) in the June–July 2020 issue, we noted a certain elephant in the room. Covid-19, though spreading and mutating, ...

The Jolley Prize shortlist

This year we received 1,428 entries for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – the same number submitted last year. Our judges – past winn ...

News from the Editors Desk

The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is open

ABR News: Felicity Plunkett named the ABR Patrons' Fellow 2019; a new poem by Behrouz Boochani; the Peter Porter Poetry Prize shortlist announced; the Melbourne Writers' Festival moves; Calibres galore; the 2019 Stella Prize shortlist announced; the Melbourne University Publishing furore; and more ...

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