Australian Essays

What is an Essay?

Wikipedia describes it thus:

An essay is, generally, a piece of writing that gives the author’s own argument, but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of a letter, a paper, an article, a pamphlet, and a short story. Essays have traditionally been sub-classified as formal and informal. Formal essays are characterized by “serious purpose, dignity, logical organization, length,” whereas the informal essay is characterized by “the personal element (self-revelation, individual tastes and experiences, confidential manner), humour, graceful style, rambling structure, unconventionality or novelty of theme,” etc.

On this page I will be highlighting Australian essays only. That is, essays written by Australian authors (about any topic) or essays written in or about Australian (by any author). I will avoid adding articles and journalism to this list; it is getting long enough as it is!

Australia has one significant essay prize (that I know of) happy to stand corrected.

  • Calibre Essay Prize – “open to all essayists writing in English. We seek essays of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject. We welcome essays of all kinds: personal or political, literary or speculative, traditional or experimental. Founded in 2007, the Calibre Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new non-fiction essay.”

Links to my review will be linked to the title. Other bloggers and their reviews will follow in brackets.

If you have any Australian essay posts or reviews that you would like to be included in this list, please leave a comment below, with your URL.

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