Australian Book Review

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Australian Book Review
August Issue ABR 2014.jpg
ABR August Cover
Editor Peter Rose
Frequency Monthly
First issue  1961 (1961-month)
Country Australia
Based in "Boyd", Southbank, Victoria
Language English
ISSN 0155-2864

Australian Book Review is Australia's leading literary review.[1] Created in 1961[2] the ABR is an independent non-profit organisation that publishes articles, reviews, commentaries, essays, and new writing. The aims of the magazine are 'to foster high critical standards, to provide an outlet for fine new writing, and to contribute to the preservation of literary values and a full appreciation of Australia's literary heritage'.[3]

History and profile[edit]

Australian Book Review was established by Max Harris and Rosemary Wighton as a monthly journal in Adelaide, Australia, in 1961. In 1971 production was reduced to quarterly releases, and lapsed completely in 1974. In 1978 the journal was revived by the National Book Council and, moving to Melbourne, began producing ten issues per year.[4]

ABR is currently sponsored by Flinders University,[5] and supported by various organisations including the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Arts SA, and Copyright Agency Limited.


Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay[edit]

The Calibre Prize is an annual Australian Book Review initiative intended to generate brilliant new essays and to foster new insights into culture, society, and the human condition. The Prize, first awarded in 2007, is worth A$5,000.

ABR welcomes entries from published authors and commentators, and 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.


Peter Porter Poetry Prize[edit]

Australian Book Review established its annual Poetry Prize in 2005, and in 2010 renamed it the Peter Porter Poetry Prize[6] in memory of the Australian poet. The Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry, and guarantees the winning and short-listed entries wide exposure through publication in ABR.

Entrants must submit a single poem of no more than 75 lines. Multiple entries are permitted, and all poems are judged anonymously.


Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize[edit]

Australian Book Review revived its annual short story competition in 2010, and in 2011 renamed it the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize in memory of the late Australian writer, Elizabeth Jolley. The total prize money for 2011 was $8000, thanks to the support of ABR Patron Mr Ian Dickson.

2011 saw two winners share the Prize, Carrie Tiffany with 'Before He Left the Family' and Gregory Day with 'The Neighbour's Beans'.

Two other stories were shortlisted in 2011: Claire Aman with 'Milk Tray' and Gaylene Carbis with 'What's Richard Ford Got to Do with It?'.



  1. ^ "Literary Magazines Australia". Australia Council for the Arts. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". Austlit. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Patron Program". Australian Book Review. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  4. ^ The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, Second Edition. William H. Wilde, Joy Hooton, and Barry Andrews (eds). Oxford University Press, 1994.
  5. ^ "ABR - Australian Book Review". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Australian Book Review Peter Porter Poetry Prize:
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