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The Stella Prize is a brand new literary award that celebrates Australian women's writing. With a whopping prize value of $50,000, the award "raises the profile of women’s writing through the Stella Prize longlists and shortlists, encourages a future generation of women writers, and brings readers to the work of Australian women."
Geordie Williamson, Stella Prize ambassador, states that “The Stella Prize is a necessary and urgently needed award. Australia’s women writers need a space where their achievements may be seen in splendid isolation – only then will we appreciate what riches we have to hand.”
The Stella Prize website has recently released the award's first ever shortlist. The shortlisted titles are:
- The Burial by Courtney Collins
- Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
- The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson
- Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy
- Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
If you would like to know more about these books, follow the link to read the blurbs and author bios. If you like, you can also read an excerpt from each novel!
Show your support of Australia's writing women through a donation to the Stella Prize, which will go towards running the award for years to come.
The winner of the first Stella Prize will be announced on the 18th of April. So stay tuned!
Also, don't forget that I am after 5 comments, follows, or 'responses' on my post Are You Up For A Challenge? so that we can hold our very own challenge and prize here at Bouquets of Sharpened Pencils!