Deadline: December 30, 2022

Entry fee: $30

About the competition

The Calibre Essay Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new essay and it is now worth a total of $7,500. The Calibre Essay Prize, then known as the Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay, was first presented in 2007 to Elisabeth Holdsworth for her essay ‘An die Nachgeborenen: For Those Who Come After‘ as part of a joint initiative between ABR and Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Entries are now open for the 2023 Calibre Essay Prize.

More information about past winners their winning essays can be found here.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and Terms of Conditions before contacting us with queries about the Calibre Essay Prize.

Competition guidelines

  • Entries for the 2023 Calibre Essay Prize will be accepted until 11:59 pm (AEST), 30 December 2022. (NB: This means at the end of the day on 30 December 2022.)
  • Entries are welcome from living writers writing in English anywhere in the world.
  • There is no age limit.
  • ABR staff and board members are not eligible to enter. 
  • ABR contributors, volunteers, and interns may enter.
  • Entries are only permitted in Word documents (.doc or .docx)
  • Essays must be written in English.
  • Entries must be a single non-fiction essay of 2,000 to 5,000 words (any endnotes should be included in that word count).
  • The text should be presented with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size.
  • The pages should be numbered.
  • The file name should only include the title of the essay. Entrants should not include their own name in the file name.
  • Images are allowed, but the total file size must not exceed 3MB.
  • Read the whole guideline here.
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