MEDIA RELEASE: July 2009
THE CALIBRE PRIZE worth $10,000 –
and introducing YOUNG CALIBRE worth $3000
(ABR) and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) are delighted to seek entries for the fourth Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay. The Calibre Prize, with a first prize of $10,000, is one of the world’s major essay competitions.
We are also pleased to introduce the inaugural Young Calibre Prize which is open to those who are 21 or under. The first prize is $3000.
The Calibre and Young Calibre Prizes are intended to generate brilliant new essays and to foster new insights into culture, society and the human condition. We welcome essays from leading authors and commentators but also from emerging writers. All non-fiction subjects are eligible: from life writing to literary studies, history to politics, biography to philosophy, natural history to popular science, travel writing to environmental studies.
The guidelines and application form are now available on the ABR website: www.australianbookreview.com.au and attached herein. Essayists must reside in Australia or be Australian citizens living overseas. They will have until 1 December 2009 to submit their works. Multiple entries are permitted, and all essays will be judged anonymously.
Calibre essays must range from 3000 words to 10,000 words.
Young Calibre essays must range from 1000 to 3000 words.
ABR will publish the winning essays.
ABR once again thanks CAL for funding the Calibre Prize. Previous winners were Elisabeth Holdsworth: ‘An die Nachgeborenen: For Those Who Come After’ in 2007; Rachel Robertson: ‘Reaching One Thousand’ and Mark Tredinnick: ‘A Storm and a Teacup’ in 2008; and Kevin Brophy: ‘“What’re yer lookin’ at yer fuckin’ dog?”: Violence and Fear in Žižek’s Post-political Neighbourhood’ and Jane Goodall: ‘Footprints’.
For further information, please contact:
Tel: (03) 9429 6700
Note for Editors
Australian Book Review was founded in 1961, revived in 1978, and has appeared continuously since then. Peter Rose is the Editor. The magazine offers the fullest coverage of Australian books and literary culture. But ABR is not just interested in writers and writing. Its interests lie everywhere, and encompass current affairs and the broader culture. Essays have long been a major feature of the magazine, which has been a significant player in the form's revival in Australia. Past essayists published in ABR have included , Glyn Davis, , and Hazel Rowley.
ABR – a not-for-profit organisation – is fully independent. It is essential reading for those seeking broad, independent coverage of the latest books and ideas.
Copyright Agency Limited is an Australian copyright management company whose role is to provide a bridge between creators and users of copyright material. CAL represents authors, journalists, visual artists, photographers and publishers as their non-exclusive agent to licence the copying of their works to the general community.
CAL manages an important part of copyright for creators and publishers: the right to reproduce their works. As a not-for-profit, member-based company they have distributed over $500 million since 1989 and now represent the reproduction and communication rights of thousands of Australian authors, journalists, visual artists, photographers and publishers.
CAL provides a legal and practical method to the public, business and government to copy published works. As a single resource, CAL can provide copyright clearances for hundreds of thousands of books, articles, essays and artwork through their licences to copy or through their online permission service Copyright Express.