The Calibre Prize is intended to generate brilliant new essays and to foster new insights into culture, society, and the human condition. We welcome essays from leading authors and commentators, but also from emerging writers. All non-fiction subjects are eligible.
The Calibre Prize, now in its eighth year, continues to attract outstanding new essays. This year we received almost 100 essays, with a huge variety of styles and subject matter. The judges – Morag Fraser and Peter Rose – have shortlisted six of them:
- Ruth Balint: ‘The Paradox of Weimar: Hitlerism and Goethe’
- Martin Edmond: ‘Five Towns’
- Rebecca Giggs: ‘Open Ground: Trespassing on the Pilbara’s Mining Boom’
- Christine Piper: ‘Unearthing the Past’
- Ann-Marie Priest: ‘“Something very difficult and unusual”: The Love Song of Henry and Olga’
- Stephen Wright: ‘Blows upon a Bruise’
This year the winner (who will receive $5000) will be announced at a special ceremony on Wednesday, 26 March. This will take place in the Assembly Hall at Boyd, starting at 6 pm. The essayists will read extracts from their essays.
Australian Book Review will publish the winning essay in the April issue, followed by the other shortlisted essays.