2018 Calibre Essay Prize now open

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Do you write non-fiction essays? Then this competition is for you!

The Calibre Essay Prize is open for its 12th year.

This prize is hosted by the Australian Book Review (ABR) and according to the website: “is one of the world’s leading prizes for an original non-fiction essay. It is now worth a total of $7,500.”

And good news – it’s not just open to Australian residents. It’s open to anyone in the world who writes in English.

So, what does a submission involve?

From the ABR website: “Essays must range from 3000 to 6000 words and be written in English.”

First prize is AUD$5000 and second prize is AUD$2500. In 2017, Michael Adam won first prize with his essay Salt Blood.

From the ABR website: “Salt Blood’ is a remarkable and highly original meditation on freediving and mortality.” Second prize in 2017 was To Speak of Sorrow by Darius Sepehri and was “about the many kinds of grief and their different expressions in writing and culture, as lament, testimony, or ritual.”

This year’s judges are Andrea Goldsmith, Phillipa McGuinness, and Peter Rose (ABR Editor and CEO).

Entries close 15 January 2018.

Find out more and to enter, go to the ABR website


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