The Calibre Essay Prize 2019

14th January 2019

Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. There is no age limit.

The Calibre Essay Prize is an annual Australian Book Review essay-writing award.

Entries must be a single essay of 2,000 to 5,000 words, written in English. Essays can be on any non-fiction subject.

We welcome essays of all kinds: personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental.

Online entry is required.

This year the Calibre Essay Prize will be judged by J.M. Coetzee, Anna Funder and ABR Editor Peter Rose.

Entry fee
Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU $25, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers.

The winner will receive AU $5,000.
The runner-up will receive AU $2,500.

The winning essay will be published in the April 2019 issue (print and online). The runner-up will be published in the May 2019 or June-July 2019 issue (print and online).

Please visit to learn more about the competition.