Only in its 4th year, the Stella Prize is, like the Bailey’s prize, for women authors. From an enormous 170+ entries, the last 6 titles have been chosen by the judges – author and academic Brenda Walker (chair); writer and social commentator Emily Maguire; award-winning writer and essayist Alice Pung; literary critic and author Geordie Williamson; and bookseller and founder of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Suzy Wilson.
Brenda Walker said, “It has been a vibrant year for Australian women’s writing. The books on the 2016 Stella Prize shortlist are all exceptionally strong: finely composed and compassionate literary investigations of the fate of individuals interacting with the natural world and with social authority; with protection and self-protection in complicated environments; with the hard-won joy of living.”
Click here for more information about each of the shortlisted titles and their authors.
The winner of the 2016 Stella Prize will be announced in Sydney on the evening of Tuesday 19 April.