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How do arts companies have their productions reviewed in ABR?
ABR publishes timely, extended, knowledgeable reviews of plays, operas, films, concerts of all sorts, dance, festivals and art exhibitions - most of them in Australia, with some from overseas. All reviews appear open-access at ABR Arts. Some later appear in the print edition.
How do publishers have their books reviewed in ABR?
We encourage publishers of all genres to make submissions for review in the magazine.
If you would like a book from your publishing house or independent press to be considered for review, please fill out the form below and send it with a copy of the book to the ABR postal address. Due to the volume of submissions and our small staff, we cannot guarantee a review and nor do we contact you personally to advise on the commissioning status. If a review is commissioned, a PDF of the review will be sent to you upon publication.
Australian Book Review (ABR) is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines. Created in 1961, it lapsed in 1974 and was revived in 1978. This year thus marks the fortieth birthday of the second series.
ABR is a fully independent non-profit organisation. Its primary aims are several: to foster high critical standards; to provide an outlet for fine new writing; and to contribute to the preservation of literary values and a full appreciation of Australia’s literary heritage.
Peter Rose is the Editor; and Colin Golvan QC is Chairperson of the Board. The Editor often consults an advisory board comprising writers and academics around the country.
ABR publishes reviews, essays, commentaries, interviews and new creative writing. The magazine is national in readership, authorship, distribution, events and partners. It is available in print and online via ABR Online.
Through ABR Arts, ABR engages with all the arts and publishes timely, extended reviews of new films, plays, operas, concerts, dance, festivals, and art exhibitions.
ABR’s diverse programs include three prestigious international prizes, writers’ fellowships worth as much as $10,000, themed issues, national events, cultural tours, and paid editorial internships.
ABR is committed to highlighting the strengths of critical and creative writing around Australia and presenting them to an international audience. We pay for everything we publish – print and online – and our rates have almost trebled in recent years.
ABR is a bona fide Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. We have a successful philanthropy program which has helped to transform this magazine in recent years. Our many Patrons are listed elsewhere on the website.
Australian Book Review is founded in Adelaide by Max Harris and Geoffrey Dutton. This first series, edited by Max Harris and Rosemary Wighton, ran until 1974.
Australian Book Review is revived, with John McLaren as Editor
John Gorton writes about six Australian prime ministers
Kerryn Goldsworthy becomes the second Editor
In the 100th issue Manning Clark reviews Kate Grenville’s Joan Makes History
Rosemary Sorensen becomes the fourth Editor, succeeding Louise Adler
David Malouf reviews David Marr’s biography of Patrick White
Robert Dessaix’s influential essay on multiculturalism, ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’
Helen Daniel becomes the fifth Editor; forum on the Helen Demidenko controversy
With the closure of the National Book Council, ABR becomes fully independent
Publication of the 200th issue in the second series
ABR moves to Richmond from Carlton
Tributes to Helen Daniel in the November issue
Aviva Tuffield wins the ABR Reviewing Competition
Peter Rose becomes the sixth Editor
ABR begins publishing new poems
Peter Porter writes at length about Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
La Trobe University becomes principal sponsor
Former Editor Kerryn Goldsworthy reflects on the early years of ABR for the 250th issue in the second series
Flinders University becomes a sponsor
Stephen Edgar wins the first ABR Poetry Prize for his poem 'Man on the Moon'
Elisabeth Holdsworth wins the first Calibre Essay Prize for her essay 'An die nachgeborenen: For those who come after'
Publication of the 300th issue in the second series. The issue includes a birthday feature with an Editorial from Peter Rose and tributes from contributors including Inga Clendinnen, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Richard Walsh, and Clive James.
Michelle de Kretser is our first subject on Open Page
Mark Gomes becomes the first of many full-time paid interns
Maria Takolander wins the first ABR Short Story Prize for her story ‘A Roānkin Philosophy of Poetry’
ABR Online is launched
Gregory Day and Carrie Tiffany share the renamed ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for their stories 'The Neighbour's Beans' and 'Before He Left the Family'
Patrick Allington is the inaugural ABR Patrons’ Fellow, his Fellowship essay 'What is Australia Anyway?: The Glorious Limitations of the Miles Franklin Literary Award’ appears in the June 2011 issue
Judith Bishop wins the renamed Peter Porter Poetry Prize for her poem 'Openings'
ABR moves to Boyd Community Hub in Southbank
Martin Thomas wins the Calibre Essay Prize for his essay “Because it’s your country”: Bringing Back the Bones to West Arnhem Land’ – our best-read online feature to date
Brian Matthews is our first Critic of the Month
Launch of ABR Arts, formerly Arts Update
ABR celebrates its fortieth birthday
Beejay Silcox becomes the ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellow
ABR again increases payments to writers
Third ABR Cultural Tour (Germany)
ABR Open Letter in support of the ABC signed by 100 writers/commentators/artists/public figures
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ABR champions literature and the arts at a time when many writers’ and artists’ earnings are low. Our support for writers and reviewers takes many forms: increased payments, scrupulous editing, public advocacy, talks and workshops, and exposure to our international audience.
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In creating the ABR Laureateship our intentions are twofold: to celebrate our finest writers, but also to advance the work of a younger writer admired by the Laureate. Accordingly, we invited the Laureate to nominate an ABR Laureate’s Fellow, who will work closely with the Editor over a period of weeks or months, and who will give the magazine a substantial work for publication – an essay, a suite of poems or long poem, a short story, or a memoir.
Robyn Archer (2016–)
Robyn Archer – a performer and writer of many accomplishments – is an internationally renowned exponent of classic European cabaret. Audiences here and abroad have relished her inimitable voice, artistry, and superlative diction. In addition to her writing and artistic work, she has directed numerous arts festivals, including Adelaide and Melbourne. She is a ceaseless advocate for the arts and a respected mentor to new generations of artists and artistic directors. Robyn Archer will nominate an ABR Laureate’s Fellow, who will work closely with the Editor on a substantial work for publication. The Fellow will receive $7,500, courtesy of the ABR Patrons.
David Malouf (2014–16)
David Malouf was named as the inaugural ABR Laureate in April 2014. He is one of our most distinguished authors, with an internationally renowned body of work in fiction, poetry, essays, libretti, and memoir. The Laureateship reflects the Editor’s and the Board’s high regard for David Malouf’s artistry, for his principled and eloquent advancement of literature, and for his generosity to readers and writers – and indeed to this magazine. Michael Aiken was chosen as the first ABR Laureate's Fellow and received $5,000 for his Fellowship poem ‘Satan Repentant’, which was published in the August 2016 issue of Australian Book Review.
Welcome to the ABR contributor list for the first series (1961–74). Here you will find a list of all the contributors who have written for ABR since 1961–74 and the issue numbers in which they were published. You can download the PDF of the list here:
Below is the list of issue numbers for that period. As you will see, the original series was organised into volumes until September 1969, where the issues were organised by month and year.
Vol. 1 No. 1 November 1961
Vol. 1 No. 2 December 1961
Vol. 1 No. 3 January 1962
Vol. 1 No. 4 February 1962
Vol. 1 No. 5 March 1962
Vol. 1 No. 6 April 1962
Vol. 1 No. 7 May 1962
Vol. 1 No. 8 June 1962
Vol. 1 No. 9 July 1962
Vol. 1 No. 10 August 1962
Vol. 1 No. 11 September 1962
Vol. 1 No. 12 October 1962
Vol. 2 No. 1 November 1962
Vol. 2 No. 2 December 1962
Vol. 2 No. 3 January 1963
Vol. 2 No. 4 February 1963
Vol. 2 No. 5 March 1963
Vol. 2 No. 6 April 1963
Vol. 2 No. 7 May 1963
Vol. 2 No. 8 June 1963
Vol. 2 No. 9 July 1963
Vol. 2 No. 10 August 1963
Vol. 2 No. 11 September 1963
Vol. 2 No. 12 October 1963
Vol. 3 No. 1 November 1963
Vol. 3 No. 2 December 1963
Vol. 3 No. 3 January 1964
Vol. 3 No. 4 February 1964
Vol. 3 No. 5 March 1964
Vol. 3 No. 6 April 1964
Vol. 3 No. 7 May 1964
Vol. 3 No. 8 June 1964
Vol. 3 No. 9 July 1964
Vol. 3 No. 10 August 1964
Vol. 3 No. 11 September 1964
Vol. 3 No. 12 October 1964
Vol. 4 No. 1 November 1964
Vol. 5 No. 1 November 1965
Vol. 5 Nos. 2 & 3 December/January 1965-66
Vol. 5 No. 4 February 1966
Vol. 5 No. 5 March 1966
Vol. 5 No. 6 April 1966
Vol. 5 No. 7 May 1966
Vol. 5 No. 8 June 1966
Vol. 5 No. 9 July 1966
Vol. 5 No. 10 August 1966
Vol. 5 No. 11 September 1966
Vol. 5 No. 12 October 1966
Children’s Book and Educational Supplement 1966 (CS66)
Vol. 6 No. 1 November 1966
Vol. 6 (Nos. 2 & 3) December/January 1966-67
Vol. 6 No. 4 February 1967
Vol. 6 No. 5 March 1967
Vol. 6 No. 6 April 1967
Vol. 6 No. 7 May 1967
Vol. 6 No. 8 June 1967
Vol. 6 No. 9 July 1967
Vol. 6 No. 10 August 1967
Vol. 6 No. 11 September 1967
Vol. 6 No. 12 October 1967
Children’s Book and Educational Supplement 1967 (CS67)
Vol. 7 No. 1 November 1967
Vol. 7 Nos. 2&3 December 1967/January 1968
Vol. 7 No. 4 February 1968
Vol. 7 No. 5 March 1968
Vol. 7 No. 6 April 1968
Vol. 7 No. 7 May 1968
Vol. 7 No. 8 June 1968
Vol. 7 No. 9 July 1968
Vol. 7 No. 10 August 1968
Vol. 7 No. 11 September 1968
Vol. 7 No. 12 October 1968
Children’s Book and Educational Supplement 1968 (CS68)
Vol. 8 No. 1 November 1968
Vol. 8 Nos. 2 & 3 December 1968/January 1969
Vol. 8 No. 4 February 1969
Vol. 8 No. 5 March 1969
Vol. 8 No. 6 April 1969
Vol. 8 No. 7 May 1969
Vol. 8 No. 8 June 1969
Vol. 8 No. 9 July 1969 (Children’s Book and Educational Supplement)
Vol. 8 No. 10 August 1969
September 1969 (9:69)
October 1969 (10:69)
November 1969 (11:69)
December 1969 / January 1970 (12:69)
February 1970 (2:70)
March 1970 (3:70)
April 1970 (4:70)
May 1970 (5:70)
June 1970 (6:70)
July 1970 (Children’s Book and Educational Supplement) (7:70)
August 1970 (8:70)
September 1970 (9:70)
October 1970 (10:70)
November 1970 (11:70)
December 1970 / January 1971 (12:70)
February 1971 (2:71)
March 1971 (3:71)
April 1971 (4:71)
Volume 10 Winter Issue (now quarterly) including Children’s Book Supplement ’71 (7:71)
Volume 10 Spring Issue (11:71)
Volume 10 Summer Issue (2:72)
Volume 11 Autumn Issue (5:72)
Volume 11 September 1972 (9:72)
Volume 11 December 1972 (12:72)
Volume 11 April 1973 (4:73)
Volume 11 July 1973 (7:73)