Calibre Essay Prize Frequently Asked Questions

When does the 2017 Calibre Essay Prize close?

Entries close at midnight on 15 March 2017.

I don’t live in Australia and I am not an Australian citizen. Can I still enter?
Yes. Anyone can enter the Calibre Essay Prize. But all essays must be written in English.

I’m interested in the Calibre Essay Prize but don’t know much about it. How can I familiarise myself with the competition?
This
is the eleventh time that Australian Book Review has presented this prize. Past issues containing the shortlisted and winning essays are available for subscribers to read online in our online archive or to purchase in hard-copy from our online store.

Click here for more information about past winners.

How can I find out more about Australian Book Review?
ABR is a cultural magazine that appears in print and online ten times a year. You can order individual copies of the print edition or subscribe for one year or more. An annual subscription to ABR Online costs AU$50 – or $10 for 30 days’ access to the current issue.

Can I enter multiple essays as one entry?
No. Separate entries must be made, and fees paid, for each essay entered into the Calibre Essay Prize. This is to ensure that a record is kept of each essay entered, and also to ensure that payment is successfully made for each.

Is there a limit to the number of essays I can enter?
No, but as stated above, each essay must be entered and paid for separately, as individual entries.

Can I enter by post?
No, entries must be submitted online.

I have written an essay with a colleague. Are we eligible to enter the Calibre Essay Prize?
No, entries must be single-authored.

Who is eligible to pay the discounted entry fee?
Current print subscribers and yearly online subscribers may pay the discounted entry fee of AU$15 per entry. Non-subscribers pay AU$24 per entry. Full time students around the world may also enter at the $15 rate but must supply the name of the institution they attend and their student ID number as proof of eligibility. If you would like to subscribe to Australian Book Review in print or ABR Online, click here.

Alternatively you can purchase a subscription to ABR Online with your entry for the combined price of AU$55. We will then send you your login details by email and you will be entitled to enter any additional essays at the discounted rate. We also offered combined print subscriptions and Calibre entry packages. A full list of these rates appears below:

Calibre Entry (Subscriber): $15
Calibre Entry (Full-time student): $15
Calibre Entry (Non-Subscriber): $24
Calibre Entry + ABR Online Subscription: $55
Calibre
Entry + ABR print subscription (within Australia): $95
Calibre Entry + ABR print subscription (within New Zealand/Asia): $140
Calibre Entry + ABR print subscription (ROW): $155

Note: Print subscribers must provide their subscriber number to be eligible for the discounted rate (this can be found on the flysheet sent out with the magazine, or on renewal notices – alternatively, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will provide you with your subscriber number). Likewise, yearly subscribers to ABR Online must provide the email address with which they registered the online subscription. Full-time students must supply the name of the institution where they are enrolled as well as their student ID number.

Can I pay with PayPal?
At this time we are accepting credit card payments ONLY – Visa and MasterCard. We regret that we cannot accept AMEX at this time.

Will I receive confirmation of payment?
Yes, once you have submitted your online entry and payment form, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you supplied in the form. Keep a copy for your records. If you cannot find the confirmation email, be sure to check that it has not gone to your spam or junk folders.

Who are the judges this year?
The 2017 judges are Sheila Fitzpatrick, Peter Rose (ABR Editor and CEO), and Geordie Williamson.

Will you give me feedback about my essay?
We don’t have the time or resources to comment on individual essays.

Should endnotes be included in the word count?
Yes. The maximum number of words is 7,000. While not rejecting endnotes, we recommend against the inclusion of many.

Are images acceptable?
Yes. You may illustrate your essay, but the total file size should not exceed 3 MB.

Is there a set theme or topic for the Calibre Essay Prize?
No, essays can be on any non-fiction subject.

How should I format my essay?
Online entries should be presented with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages should be numbered. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the name of the digital file. 

How can I stay in touch with news about the Calibre Essay Prize?
If you have provided us with a current email address we will contact you with news about the Prize. Another way to stay up-to-date with news about the Prize and other ABR prizes and events is to sign up to our monthly e-News. You can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

My question isn't answered here, what should I do?
If you have a question about the Calibre Essay Prize that isn't answered here, or in the entry guidelines, please contact us via the comments facility below and we will respond when we can.


This is the eleventh time that Australian Book Review has presented this prize. Past issues containing the shortlisted and winning essays are available for subscribers to read online in our online archive or to purchase in hard-copy from our online store.

Click here for more information about past winners.

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