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The Stella Prize celebrates Australian women writers

Julia Champtaloup By Julia Champtaloup Published on April 18, 2016

The Stella Prize has announced six extraordinary books for the Stella Prize Shortlist. The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin. The prize was created in 2013 with a strong support from female philanthropists in Australia and also serves to mentor and support female writers through a residency award.

The more well-known Miles Franklin Literary Award celebrates male and female Australian writers and has only awarded 10 female writers since its inception in 1957. The Stella Prize specifically celebrates Australian women’s contribution to literature. It was awarded for the first time in 2013 to Carrie Tiffany for Mateship with Birds. The prize is worth $50,000 with both fiction and nonfiction books eligible for entry.

The 2016 Stella Prize will be awarded in Sydney on the evening of Tuesday 19 April. 

From more than 170 entries, this year’s Stella Prize judges – author and academic Brenda Walker; 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 have chosen a shortlist of six.

The 2016 Stella Prize shortlist is:

Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight (Random House)

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew (Scribe)

A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories by Elizabeth Harrower (Text)

The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau (Bloomsbury)

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (Allen & Unwin)

Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger by Fiona Wright (Giramondo)

Julia is a Sydney based writer covering sustainable living, innovation, books and art.