Quarterly Essay is the leading agenda-setting journal of politics and culture in Australia.

Established in 2001, Quarterly Essay presents the widest range of political, intellectual and cultural opinion, and aims to foster debate. It offers a forum for original long-form investigations, profiles and arguments. Each issue contains a single long-form essay, followed by correspondence on previous essays. 

Quarterly Essay has always been at the forefront of cultural discussion, with award-winning essays including Political Animal and Power Trip by David MarrThat Sinking Feeling by Paul Toohey; and Stop at Nothing by Annabel Crabb. Authors include Tim Flannery, Don Watson, Robyn Davidson, Germaine Greer, Robert Manne, George Megalogenis, Laura Tingle, Anna Krien, Waleed Aly, Inga Clendinnen, David Malouf and Noel Pearson.

With over 40 years of experience curating and editing Australia’s most influential writing and journalism, Schwartz Media has a long reputation for excellence. As well as publishing Australia’s agenda-setting politics journal Quarterly Essay, Schwartz Media also publishes the groundbreaking weekend newspaper, The Saturday Paper, the country’s leading current affairs magazine, The Monthly, Australia’s first foreign affairs journal, Australian Foreign Affairs. Schwartz also publishes books under the Black Inc. imprint.

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Quarterly Essay
22-24 Northumberland Street,
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066
Tel: +61 3 9486 0288
Email: [email protected]

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Sophy Williams
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Black Inc.
22-24 Northumberland Street,
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066
Tel: +61 3 9486 0288
Email: [email protected]

For editorial queries regarding QE, please contact the Editor:
Chris Feik: [email protected]

Please note, Quarterly Essay accepts correspondence on the current issue, of any length between 500 and 2000 words, with a preference for brevity. A selection of this correspondence is published in the subsequent issue. All published respondents receive a two-year subscription.

Quarterly Essay is distributed in bookstores in Australia by:
Penguin Random House
Level 28, 2 Southbank Blvd
Southbank VIC 3006

General inquiries
Tel: +61 3 8537 4599

For orders
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Tel: 1300 650 666
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Quarterly Essays are available as audio books via Bolinda Publishing.

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Quarterly Essay is available online to institutional libraries and their users via the Informit e-Library – Humanities & Social Sciences Collection from RMIT Publishing. Most university libraries in Australia will have subscribed to Informit e-Library and therefore already have access to the full text content.

Please note: if your institution does not subscribe to the e-Library – Humanities & Social Sciences Collection, an annual online subscription to Quarterly Essay is available. Price on application. Email: [email protected]

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