Australian Book Review

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Australian Book Review
Editor Peter Rose
Frequency Monthly
First issue  1961 (1961-month)
Country Australia
Based in "Boyd", Southbank, Victoria
Language English
Website www.australianbookreview.com.au
ISSN 0155-2864

Australian Book Review is an Australian arts and literary review.[1] Created in 1961[2] 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 in partnership with Monash University and Flinders University,[5] and supported by various organisations including the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Arts SA, and Copyright Agency Limited.

Editors[edit]

Calibre Essay Prize[edit]

The Calibre Essay Prize is given annually. The prize, first awarded in 2007, is currently worth a total of A$7,500.

The prize is open to authors around the world writing in English. ABR accepts entries from published authors commentators, and emerging writers. All non-fiction subjects are eligible.

Winners[edit]

  • 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
  • 2017 - Michael Adams: Salt Blood

Peter Porter Poetry Prize[edit]

Australian Book Review established its annual Poetry Prize in 2005, and in 2011 renamed it the Peter Porter Poetry Prize[6] in memory of the Australian poet Peter Porter (1929-2010). The Prize is one of Australia's most lucrative awards for poetry. Winning and short-listed entries are published 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.

Winners[edit]

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize[edit]

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 $12,500. The prize is open to authors around the world writing in English.

Winners[edit]

ABR Arts[edit]

In 2012, Australian Book Review launched an extension of its coverage of Australian culture, Arts Update, now known as ABR Arts. It presents reviews of film and television, plays, operas, concerts, dance, and art exhibitions.

Podcasts[edit]

In 2015, Australian Book Review launched two podcasts: Poem of the Week and The ABR Podcast.

Fellowships[edit]

ABR's Fellowship program began in 2011. Funded by ABR's patrons and by philanthropic foundations, the Fellowship program is intended to reward Australian writers. Most ABR Fellowships are now worth $7,500.

Fellowships[edit]

  • Patrick Allington, "What is Australia, anyway?" The glorious limitations of the Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • Rachel Buchanan, Sweeping Up the Ashes
  • Felicity Plunkett, Sound Bridges: A Profile of Gurrumul
  • Jennifer Lindsay, Man on the Margins
  • Ruth Starke, Media Don: A political enigma in pink shorts
  • Kerryn Goldsworthy, Everyone's a Critic
  • Helen Ennis, Olive Cotton at Spring Forest: The modernist photographer at Spring Forest
  • Arthur Furhrmann, Patrick White: A theatre of his own
  • Danielle Clode, Seeing the wood for the trees
  • James McNamara, The Golden Age of Television?
  • Shannon Burns, The scientist of his own experience: A Profile of Gerald Murnane
  • Ashley Hay, The forest at the edge of time
  • Michael Aiken, extract from Satan Repentant
  • Alan Atkinson, How Do We Live With Ourselves? The Australian National Conscience
  • Philip Jones, Beyond Songlines
  • Stephen Orr, Ambassadors from Another Time
  • Elisabeth Holdsworth, If This Is A Jew
  • Marguerite Johnson, "Picnic at Hanging Rock" fifty years on

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