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Quarterly Essay is an agenda-setting Australian journal of politics and culture. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words, followed by correspondence on previous essays.

Established in 2001, Quarterly Essay aims to present the widest range of political, intellectual and cultural opinion and to foster debate. It offers a forum for original long-form investigations, profiles and arguments.

Award-winning essays include Political Animal and Power Trip by David Marr, That 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.

Quarterly Essay is part of the Schwartz Media family of publications. The Monthly is the country’s leading current affairs magazine, which since its commencement in 2005 has regularly won the Current Affairs, Business & Finance category at the Australian Magazine Awards. The Saturday Paper, which commenced in 2014, offers serious features, independent commentary and innovative lifestyle content – definitive accounts of the week’s most important stories.

For general enquiries please contact:

Quarterly Essay
Level 1, 221 Drummond Street,
Carlton VIC 3053
Tel: +61 3 9486 0288
Email: [email protected]

For subscription queries, or to order issues of Quarterly Essay, please contact:

Freecall: 1800 077 514 (Australia only)
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For media enquiries and review copies contact:

Tel: +61 3 9486 0288
Email: [email protected]

For international and foreign-language rights queries relating to Black Inc., Schwartz and Quarterly Essay publications, contact:
Sophy Williams
CEO/Rights Director
Black Inc.
Level 1, 221 Drummond Street,
Carlton VIC 3053
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. We do not accept unsolicited proposals for Quarterly Essays.

Quarterly Essay is distributed in bookstores in Australia by:
Penguin Random House
707 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3008

General inquiries
Tel: +61 3 8537 4599

For orders
Penguin Random House
30 Centre Rd 
Scoresby VIC 3179
Tel: +61 3 8537 4400
Fax: +61 3 8537 4497
Email: [email protected]

And in newsagents by:
Gordon & Gotch Australia
Tel: 1300 650 666
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Audio books

Quarterly Essays are available as audio books via Bolinda Publishing.

Informit e-Library

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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