Calibre Essay Prize 2018

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the twelfth Calibre Essay Prize. The Calibre Prize, founded in 2007, is one of the world’s leading prizes for an original non-fiction essay. It is now worth a total of $7,500. Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. The winning essay will be published in ABR’s 400th issue in April 2018.


  • First Prize: $5,000
  • Second Prize: $2,500


  • All essays must be written in English
  • Essays must be between 3,000 and 6,000 words
  • You may illustrate your essay, but the total file size should not exceed 3 MB
  • Entries must be single-authored
  • Essays can be on any non-fiction subject

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018

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