Shortlist for Calibre Prize announced

CalibreNow in its eighth year, the Calibre Prize continues to attract outstanding new essays featuring a huge variety of styles and subject matter and is intended to generate brilliant new essays and to foster new insights into culture, society, and the human condition.

All non-fiction subjects are eligible with the Australian Book Review welcoming essays from not only leading authors and commentators, but also from emerging writers.

The judges, Morag Fraser and Peter Rose have shortlisted six from a field of almost one hundred essays. Valued at $5000, the Calibre Prize is Australia’s leading award for an original essay and is one of the world’s most lucrative essay competitions.

The 2014 Calibre Prize shortlisted essays are:

  • The Paradox of Weimar: Hitlerism and Goethe – by Ruth Balint
  • Five Towns – by Martin Edmond
  • Open Ground: Trespassing on the Pilbara’s Mining Boom – by Rebecca Giggs
  • Unearthing the Past – by Christine Piper
  • Something very difficult and unusual: The Love Song of Henry and Olga – by Anne-Marie Priest
  • Blows upon a Bruise – by Stephen Wright

Peter Rose, Editor of Australian Book Review, said “Since its creation in 2006 the Calibre Prize has contributed to a marked expansion of quality essay-writing in this country. As with ABR‘s other prizes, Calibre honours new work, not previously published work. Congratulations to our six nominated essayists.”

This winner of the Calibre Prize will be announced on Wednesday 26 March 2014. For more information, visit: for details.