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The Calibre Essay Prize 2022


Last date
17 January 2022

Who may enter
The competition is open to all essayists writing in English. There is no age limit.

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

 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 a single non-fiction essay of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject.

Essays must be written in English.

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

This year the Calibre Essay Prize will be judged by Declan Fry, Peter Rose, and Beejay Silcox.

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 2022 issue (print and online). The runner-up will be published in the June, July or August 2022 issue (print and online).

How to enroll
For further information visit the official competition website.

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