The 2020 Calibre Essay Prize

15 January 2020

Who may enter
Anyone can enter the Calibre Essay Prize.

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

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

We welcome essays of all kinds: personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental. Founded in 2007, the Calibre Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new non-fiction essay.

Entries must be submitted online via the ABR website entry page.

This year the Calibre Essay Prize will be judged by J.M. Coetzee, Lisa Gorton and 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 May 2020 issue (print and online). The runner-up will be published in the June-July 2020 or August 2020 issue (print and online).

Competition website
For further information visit

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