2016 Calibre Prize

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.

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the tenth Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay, which is worth $5,000. Calibre is Australia’s premier award for an original essay. Anyone writing in English is eligible, regardless of where they live.

Essays must range from 3,000 to 7,000 words and must be written in English.

Deadline for entries is 18 January 2016

Online entry is recommended, but posted entries will be accepted. Before entering the Calibre Prize, all essayists must read the Terms and Conditions.

Click here to enter online.

pdfClick here to download a PDF entry form and enter by post.

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Please click here for more information about past winners and to read their winning essays.

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

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