Australian Book Review
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Australian Book Review is one of Australia's leading arts and literary reviews. Created in 1961 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'.
History and profile
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.
ABR is currently in partnership with Monash University and Flinders University, and supported by various organisations including the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Arts SA, and Copyright Agency Limited.
- 1961 to 1974 - Geoffrey Dutton, Max Harris and Rosemary Wighton
- 1978 to 1986 - John McLaren
- 1986 to 1987 - Kerryn Goldsworthy
- 1988 - Louise Adler
- 1989 to 1995 - Rosemary Sorensen
- 1995 to 2000 - Helen Daniel
- 2001 to present day - Peter Rose
Calibre Essay Prize
The Calibre Essay 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.
The prize is open to authors around the world writing in English. ABR welcomes entries from published authors commentators, and emerging writers. All non-fiction subjects are eligible,
- 2007 - Elisabeth Holdsworth: 'An die Nachgenborenen: For Those Who Come After'
- 2008 - Rachel Robertson: 'Reaching One Thousand' and Mark Tredinnick: 'A Storm and a Teacup'
- 2009 - Kevin Brophy: ‘"What’re yer looking at yer fuckin’ dog": Violence and Fear in Žižek’s Post-political Neighbourhood’ and Jane Goodall: 'Footprints'
- 2010 - Lorna Hallahan: 'On being Odd' and David Hansen: 'Seeing Truganini'
- 2011 - Dean Biron: 'The Death of the Writer' and Moira McKinnon: 'Who Killed Matilda?'
- 2012 – Matt Rubinstein: 'Body and Soul: Copyright and Law Enforcement in the Age of the Electronic Book'
- 2013 - Martin Thomas: '"Because it's your country": Bringing Back the Bones to West Arnhem Land'
- 2014 - Christine Piper: 'Unearthing the past'
- 2015 - Sophie Cunningham: 'Staying with the trouble'
- 2016 - Michael Winkler: 'The Great Red Whale'
Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Australian Book Review established its annual Poetry Prize in 2005, and in 2011 renamed it the Peter Porter Poetry Prize in memory of the Australian poet Peter Porter (1929-2010). 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. To date, Judith Bishop is the only poet to win the prize twice. The prize is open to poets around the world writing in English.
Entrants can submit a single poem of no more than 75 lines. Multiple entries are permitted, and all poems are judged anonymously.
- 2005: Stephen Edgar: 'Man on the Moon'
- 2006: Judith Bishop: 'Still Life with Cockles and Shells'
- 2007: Alex Skovron: 'Sanctum'
- 2008: Ross Clark: 'Danger: Lantana'
- 2009: Tracy Ryan: 'Lost Property'
- 2010: Anthony Lawrence: 'Domestic Emergencies'
- 2011: Judith Bishop: 'Openings' and Tony Lintermans: 'Self-portrait at Sixty'
- 2012: Michael Farrell: 'Beautiful Mother'
- 2013: John A. Scott: 'Four Sonnets'
- 2014: Jessica L. Wilkinson: ‘Arrival Platform Humlet’
- 2015: Judith Beveridge: 'As Wasps Fly Upwards'
- 2016: Amanda Joy: 'Tailings'
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
Australian Book Review revived its annual short story competition in 2010, and in 2011 renamed it the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize in memory of the late Australian writer, Elizabeth Jolley (1923-2007). The total prize money is now worth $12,500, thanks to the support of ABR Patron Mr Ian Dickson. The prize is open to authors around the world writing in English.
- 2010: Maria Takolander: ‘A Roānkin Philosophy of Poetry’
- 2011: Carrie Tiffany: 'Before He Left the Family' and Gregory Day: 'The Neighbour's Beans'
- 2012: Sue Hurley: ‘Patterns in Nature’
- 2013: Michelle Michau-Crawford: 'Leaving Elvis'
- 2014: Jennifer Down: 'Aokigahara'
- 2015: Rob Magnuson Smith: 'The Elector of Nossnearly'
In 2012, Australian Book Review launched a major extension of its coverage of Australian culture, Arts Update. Arts Update presents stylish reviews of major film and television, plays, operas, concerts, dance, and art exhibitions. Our critics offer timely reviews of performances from Australia and overseas. With Arts Update, ABR, is now a comprehensive arts magazine. Arts Update reviews are available freely via the ABR website.
In 2015, Australian Book Review launched two podcasts – Poem of the Week and The ABR Podcast. Both podcasts can be found on iTunes (Poem of the Week and The ABR Podcast) and SoundCloud (Poem of the Week and The ABR Podcast) and can also be listened to on the ABR website. Shownotes are available for every episode.
ABR's Fellowship program began in 2011. Funded by ABR’s generous Patrons and by philanthropic foundations, the Fellowship program is intended to reward outstanding Australian writers and to advance the magazine’s commitment to critical debate and literary values. ABR will offer two or four such Fellowships each year. Most ABR Fellowships are now worth $7,500.
- ABR Patrons’ Fellowship, Patrick Allington, '"What is Australia, anyway?" The glorious limitations of the Miles Franklin Literary Award' (Published in June 2011, no. 332)
- ABR Sidney Myer Fund Fellowship, Rachel Buchanan, 'Sweeping Up the Ashes' (Published in December 2011–January 2012, no. 337)
- ABR Sidney Myer Fund Fellowship, Felicity Plunkett, 'Sound Bridges: A Profile of Gurrumul' (Published in June-July 2015, no. 372)
- ABR Copyright Agency Fellowship, Jennifer Lindsay, 'Man on the Margins' (Published in October 2012, no. 345)
- ABR Patrons’ Fellowship, Ruth Starke, 'Media Don: A political enigma in pink shorts' (Published in March 2013, no. 349)
- ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship, 'Everyone's a Critic' (Published in May 2013, no. 351)
- ABR George Hicks Foundation Fellowship, Helen Ennis, 'Olive Cotton at Spring Forest: The modernist photographer at Spring Forest' (Published in July–August 2013, no. 353)
- ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship, Andrew Fuhrmann, 'Patrick White: A theatre of his own' (Published in November 2013, no. 356)
- ABR Dahl Trust Fellowship, Danielle Clode, 'Seeing the wood for the trees' (Published in November 2014, no. 366)
- ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship, James McNamara, 'The Golden Age of Television?' (Published in April 2015, no. 370)
- ABR Patrons’ Fellowship, Shannon Burns, 'The scientist of his own experience: A Profile of Gerald Murnane' (Published in August 2015, no. 373)
- ABR Dahl Trust Fellowship, Ashley Hay, 'The forest at the edge of time' (Published in October 2015, no. 375)
- ABR Laureate's Fellowship, Michael Aiken
- ABR RAFT Fellowship: Alan Atkinson
Each year Australian Book Review offers a one-year, full-time Editorial Internship. Interns are paid $45,000 and work closely with the Editor, Peter Rose.
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