The Calibre Essay Prize

Currently open: The 2021 Calibre Essay Prize (worth a total of $7,500).


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.

More information about past winners their winning essays can be found here.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and Terms of Conditions before contacting us with queries about the Calibre Essay Prize.


We gratefully acknowledge the long-standing support of  Colin Golvan AM QC, and Peter McLennan and Mary-Ruth Sindrey.