The Calibre Essay Prize

The Calibre Essay Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new essay and it is now worth a total of $7,500. The Calibre Essay Prize, then known as the Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay, was first presented in 2007 to Elisabeth Holdsworth for her essay 'An die Nachgeborenen: For Those Who Come After' as part of a joint initiative between ABR and Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund.

Past winners include Lucas Grainger-Brown (2018), Michael Adams (2017), Sophie Cunningham (2015), Christine Piper (2014), and Martin Thomas (2013). More information about past winners, and links to their winning essays, can be found here.

Entry has now closed for the 2019 Calibre Essay Prize (worth a total of $7,500). Click here for more information

The 2019 judges are J.M. Coetzee, Anna Funder, and Peter Rose (ABR Editor and CEO). Click here for more information about the judges.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page before contacting us with queries about the Calibre Essay Prize.

We gratefully acknowledge the long-standing support of Mr Colin Golvan QC and ABR Patrons.