Stella Prize

The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.


The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013.

Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.


The Stella Prize seeks to: 
  • recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature 
  • bring more readers to books by women and thus increase their sales 
  • provide role models for schoolgirls and emerging female writers 
  • reward one writer with a $50,000 prize – money that buys a writer some measure of financial independence and thus time, that most undervalued yet necessary commodity for women, to focus on their writing.

2019 Longlist


The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie (Finch Publishing)
(S) Little Gods by Jenny Ackland 
Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop (Hachette Australia)
Bluebottle by Belinda Castles (Allen & Unwin)
(S) The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo (Scribe)
(S) Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau (Brow Books)
Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)
(S) Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (UQP)
(S) Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin (Brow Books)
The World Was Whole by Fiona Wright (Giramondo Publishing)

2018 Longlist


Tracker by Alexis Wright
A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work by Bernadette Brennan
Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams
(S) Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman
(S) The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
This Water: Five Tales  by Beverley Farmer
The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love, Madness and Poetry by Paula Keogh
(S) An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen
The Choke by Sofie Laguna
Martin Sharp: His Life and Times by Joyce Morgan
(S) The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe

2017 Longlist

The Media and the Massacre, Port Arthur 1996-2016 by Sonya Voumard
Wasted by Elspeth Muir
The High Places by Fiona McFarlane  (part read DNF)
(S) An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
(S) Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir by Catherine de Saint Phalle
(S) Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain
Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird

2016 Longlist


The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
The Women's Pages by Debra Adelaide
The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
Panthers and the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig
(S) Hope Farm by Peggy Frew (part read DNF)
A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones
(S) The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau
A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey
Anchor Point by Alice Robinson
(S) Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger by Fiona Wright

2015 Longlist


The Strays by Emily Bitto (Affirm Press)
(S) Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette)
(S) The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally (Black Inc)
(S) The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin)
The Golden Age by Joan London (Random House)
Laurinda by Alice Pung (Black Inc)
Nest by Inga Simpson (Hachette)
In My Mother's Hands by Biff Ward (Allen & Unwin) 

2014 Longlist 

Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide (Picador)
(S) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Picador)
(S) Night Games by Anna Krien (Black Inc)
Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko (UQP)
(S) The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Penguin) (part read DNF)
Madeleine by Helen Trinca (Text Publishing)
(S) The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (Giramondo)
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (Random House) 

2013 Longlist


Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany (Picador)
Floundering by Romy Ash (Text)
Mazin Grace by Dylan Coleman (UQP)
(S) The Burial by Courtney Collins (Allen & Unwin)
The People Smuggler by Robin de Crespigny (Penguin)
(S) Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)
Sufficient Grace by Amy Espeseth (Scribe)
(S) The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson (5 Islands Press)
(S) Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
The Mind of a Thief by Patti Miller (UQP)
An Opening by Stephanie Radok (Wakefield Press)


WINNERS are moved to the top of the list with their book cover
(S) Shortlisted
(R) Read but not reviewed

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