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
Eligible Regions: Open For All

Application Process

Apply online through the given link

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

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