Stella Prize

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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 has stated that comparing fiction and non-fiction is "no harder than comparing books in general", and that "excellence is achievable in any form".[6]

Award winners[edit]

Year Author Title Publisher
2016 Charlotte Wood The Natural Way of Things[7] Allen and Unwin
2015 Emily Bitto The Strays[8] Affirm Press
2014 Clare Wright The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka[9] Text Publishing
2013 Carrie Tiffany Mateship with Birds [10] Pan Macmillan


Winners in bold.










See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alison Flood (4 May 2011). "Australian 'Orange prize' to promote women writers' status". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Elizabeth Webby, writing at the Stellas, Miles Franklin and Kibble awards, The Conversation, 28 April 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  3. ^ "Stella Prize website". 
  4. ^ Alison Flood (2 November 2012). "Canada and Australia launch women's literary prizes". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Coslovich, Gabriella (29 August 2011). "Female-only literary prize puts gender on the agenda". Melbourne: The Age. 
  6. ^ Erin Handley, The problem with the Stella Prize. [1], The Age, 6 May 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  7. ^ "Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things wins $50,000 Stella prize", The Guardian, 19 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016
  8. ^ 2015 The Stella Prize, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 24 June 2015
  9. ^ Anne Maria Nicholson Stella Prize: Clare Wright wins $50,000 book award for The Forgotten Rebels Of Eureka, ABC News, 30 April 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  10. ^ Bronwyn Lea, Carrie Tiffany wins a Stella Prize of her own, The Conversation, 17 April 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  11. ^ The Stella Prize 2016 Shortlist, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 10 March 2016
  12. ^ The Stella Prize 2015 Shortlist, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 24 June 2015
  13. ^ The Stella Prize 2014 Shortlist, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 24 June 2015
  14. ^ The Stella Prize 2013 Shortlist, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 24 June 2015
  15. ^ The Stella Prize 2016 Longlist, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 10 March 2016
  16. ^ The Stella Prize 2015 Longlist, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  17. ^ The Stella Prize 2014 Longlist, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 25 June 2015
  18. ^ The Stella Prize 2013 Longlist, The Stella Prize. Retrieved 25 June 2015