The Stella Prize is an Australian annual literary award established in 2013 for writing by Australian women in all genres, worth $50,000. It was originally proposed by Australian women writers and publishers in 2011, modelled on the UK's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction).[1]

The award derives its name from the author Miles Franklin, whose full name was "Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin."[2]

It was established by a group of 11 Australian women writers, editors, publishers and booksellers who became concerned about the poor representation of books by women in Australia's top literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award.[3][4]

"After a rapid acceleration in women's rights in the '70s and '80s, things have started to go backwards," Sophie Cunningham said in a keynote address at the 2011 Melbourne Writers' Festival. "Women continue to be marginalised in Australian culture and the arts sector – which likes to pride itself on its liberal values – is, in fact, complacent. Women are much less likely to win literary awards, to write reviews of books, or have their books reviewed. This, despite the fact they write about half the books published."[5]

Some commentators, such as Erin Handley writing in The Age, have said that fiction and non-fiction are different genres that should be judged separately, highlighting that this is an issue for the Stella Prize. But this is rejected by Dr. Kerryn Goldsworthy, the chair of the Stella judging panel, who stated that comparing fiction and non-fiction is "no harder than comparing books in general," and that "excellence is achievable in any form."[6]

The 2021 Stella Prize guidelines opened entries to books by non-binary as well as women writers.[7]

Award honorees edit

Stella Prize winners, shortlists, and longlists
Year Author Title Result Ref.
2013 Carrie Tiffany Mateship with Birds Winner [8][9][10]
Courtney Collins The Burial Shortlist [11]
Michelle de Kretser Questions of Travel
Lisa Jacobson The Sunlit Zone
Cate Kennedy Like a House on Fire
Margo Lanagan Sea Hearts
Romy Ash Floundering Longlist [12]
Dylan Coleman Mazin Grace
Robin de Crespigny The People Smuggler
Amy Espeseth Sufficient Grace
Patti Miller The Mind of a Thief
Stephanie Radok An Opening
2014 Clare Wright The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka Winner [13][9][14]
Hannah Kent Burial Rites Shortlist [15][16]
Anna Krien Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport
Fiona McFarlane The Night Guest
Kristina Olsson Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir
Alexis Wright The Swan Book
Debra Adelaide Letter to George Clooney Longlist [17]
Gabrielle Carey Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family
Melissa Lucashenko Mullumbimby
Anne Summers The Misogyny Factor
Helen Trinca Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John
Evie Wyld All the Birds, Singing
2015 Emily Bitto The Strays Winner [18][9]
Maxine Beneba Clarke Foreign Soil Shortlist [19][20]
Christine Kenneally The Invisible History of the Human Race
Sofie Laguna The Eye of the Sheep
Joan London The Golden Age
Ellen van Neerven Heat and Light
Ceridwen Dovey Only the Animals Longlist [21]
Helen Garner This House of Grief
Sonya Hartnett Golden Boys
Alice Pung Laurinda
Inga Simpson Nest
Biff Ward In My Mother’s Hands
2016 Charlotte Wood The Natural Way of Things Winner [22][23][9][24]
Tegan Bennett Daylight Six Bedrooms Shortlist [25][26]
Peggy Frew Hope Farm
Elizabeth Harrower A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories
Mireille Juchau The World Without Us
Fiona Wright Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger
Debra Adelaide The Women's Pages Longlist [27]
Stephanie Bishop The Other Side of the World
Jen Craig Panthers and the Museum of Fire
Gail Jones A Guide to Berlin
Amanda Lohrey A Short History of Richard Kline
Alice Robinson Anchor Point
2017 Heather Rose The Museum of Modern Love Winner [28][9][29]
Georgia Blain Between a Wolf and a Dog Shortlist [30][31]
Maxine Beneba Clarke The Hate Race
Catherine de Saint Phalle Poum and Alexandre
Emily Maguire An Isolated Incident
Cory Taylor Dying: A Memoir
Julia Baird Victoria: The Queen Longlist [32]
Madeline Gleeson Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru
Julia Leigh Avalanche: A love story
Fiona McFarlane The High Places
Elspeth Muir Wasted: A story of alcohol, grief and a death in Brisbane
Sonya Voumard The Media and the Massacre: Port Arthur 1996-2016
2018 Alexis Wright Tracker Winner [33][9][34]
Shokoofeh Azar The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree Shortlist [35][36]
Claire G. Coleman Terra Nullius
Michelle de Kretser The Life to Come
Krissy Kneen An Uncertain Grace
Mirandi Riwoe The Fish Girl
Bernadette Brennan A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work Longlist [37]
Kate Cole-Adams Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
Beverley Farmer This Water: Five Tales
Paula Keogh The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love, Madness and Poetry
Sofie Laguna The Choke
Joyce Morgan Martin Sharp: His Life and Times
2019 Vicki Laveau-Harvie The Erratics Winner [38][9][39][40]
Jenny Ackland Little Gods Shortlist [41][42]
Enza Gandolfo The Bridge [43][41][42]
Jamie Marina Lau Pink Mountain on Locust Island [41][42]
Melissa Lucashenko Too Much Lip [44][41][42]
Maria Tumarkin Axiomatic [41][42]
Stephanie Bishop Man Out of Time Longlist [45]
Belinda Castles Bluebottle
Chloe Hooper The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire
Gail Jones The Death of Noah Glass
Bri Lee Eggshell Skull
Fiona Wright The World Was Whole
2020 Jess Hill See What You Made Me Do Winner [46][9][47]
Caro Llewellyn Diving into Glass Shortlist [48][49][50]
Favel Parrett There Was Still Love
Josephine Rowe Here Until August
Tara June Winch The Yield
Charlotte Wood The Weekend
Joey Bui Lucky Ticket Longlist [51]
Yumna Kassab The House of Youssef
Mandy Ord When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over
Vikki Wakefield This is How We Change the Ending
Sally Young Paper Emperors
Gay'wu Group of Women Songspirals
2021 Evie Wyld The Bass Rock Winner [52][53][54][9]
Rebecca Giggs Fathoms: The World in the Whale Shortlist [55][56][57][58][59]
S. L. Lim Revenge: Murder in Three Parts
Laura Jean McKay The Animals in That Country
Louise Milligan Witness
Mirandi Riwoe Stone Sky Gold Mountain
Cath Moore Metal Fish, Falling Snow Longlist [60]
Intan Paramaditha The Wandering
Ellena Savage Blueberries
Nardi Simpson Song of the Crocodile
Elizabeth Tan Smart Ovens for Lonely People
Jessie Tu A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing
2022 Evelyn Araluen Dropbear Winner [61][62][63][64]
Eunice Andrada Take Care Shortlist [65][66][67]
Anwen Crawford No Document
Jennifer Down Bodies of Light
Lee Lai Stone Fruit
Elfie Shiosaki Homecoming
Randa Abdel-Fattah Coming of Age in the War on Terror Longlist [68]
Paige Clark She Is Haunted
Anita Heiss Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray
SJ Norman Permafrost
Lucy Van The Open
Chelsea Watego Another Day in the Colony
2023 Sarah Holland-Batt The Jaguar Winner [69]
Debra Dank We Come With This Place Shortlist [70]
Eloise Grills big beautiful female theory
Adriane Howell Hydra
Louisa Lim Indelible City
Edwina Preston Bad Art Mother
Mandy Beaumont The Furies Longlist [71]
Grace Chan Every Version of You
Jackie Huggins & Ngaire Jarro Jack of Hearts: QX11594
Tracey Lien All That's Left Unsaid
Fiona Kelly McGregor Iris
Thuy On Decadence

See also edit

References edit

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