Calibre Prize

Sophie Cunningham is the winner of this year’s Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay. The judges – Delia Falconer and Peter Rose – chose Ms Cunningham’s essay from a field of almost 100 essays. She receives $5,000 from ABR.

Our winner is well known to Australian readers as a former publisher, Edit ...

Morag Fraser

At our AGM in March, Morag Fraser AM left the board after nine years as Chair and twelve years on the board. At a memorable function afterwards, board and staff members paid tribute to our esteemed colleague. Among the tributes published in a small testimonial was this one from Peter Rose: ‘It has been a joy working with you closely. No Editor – no editor intent on ef ...

News from the Editor's Desk - March 2015

The Editors
Thursday, 26 February 2015

Reading Australia

ABR is delighted to be participating in the new round of Reading Australia essays on classic Australian titles. Reading Australia – an ambitious initiative of Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund – offers students, school teachers, and general readers insightful and accessible 2,000-wor ...

News from the Editor's Desk - December 2014

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Performances of the year

We know how much our readers (not to mention nominated authors) enjoy our annual ‘Books of the Year’ feature. This year – to highlight ABR’s fast-expanding arts coverage (both in the magazine and in Arts ...

News from the Editor's Desk - November 2014

The Editors
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Dahl Trust and ABR

Welcome to our first issue on the environment. Generous support from the Bjarne K. Dahl Trust has enabled us to devote extensive space and resources to aspects of the celebration and endangerment of our natural environment.

Central here is Danielle Clode’s ...

News from the Editor's Desk

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Calibre Prize

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 avail ...

News from the Editor's Desk

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Flipping over fiction

Welcome to our annual Fiction issue! In this issue you will find the three shortlisted stories from the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, as well as other features on fiction,

News from the Editor's Desk

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ABR Patrons’ Fellowship

Because of the kindness of our many Patrons, we are able to offer another ABR Patrons’ Fellowship, worth $5,000. We are seeking proposals for a major article on any subject. ABR Fellows work closely with Pete ...

News from the Editor's Desk

Friday, 30 May 2014


We last redesigned our website in March 2013, and the increase in usage was immediate. But all websites need to evolve, and we realise that the delivery of ABR Online has not been ideal. We have heeded your comments and in June we will lau ...

News from the Editor's Desk

The Editors
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Laureate for ABR

Last month, in conjunction with Melbourne Conversations, we presented ‘An Evening with David Malouf’ in front of a capacity house at Deakin Edge, Melbourne. Fittingly, the subject being poetry, this was held on 23 April (Shakespeare’s 450th birthday).

After the formal convers ...