2019 Stella Shortlist Announced!

by |March 8, 2019

The Shortlist has been announced for the 2019 Stella Prize.

Established in 2013, the award takes it’s name from the author Miles Franklin (AKA Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin).

The aim of the Stella Prize is to recognize and celebrate the contribution to literature made by Australian women, to increase sales and readers of books by Australian women, to equip young readers with the skills to question gender disparities and challenge stereotypes, and to help young girls to find their voice. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

The winner will receive a $50,000 prize, awarded for the best work of literature – fiction or nonfiction – published in 2018 by an Australian woman.

The winner of the 2019 Stella Prize will be announced on Tuesday April 9th.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!

2019 stella shortlist

Little Gods
by Jenny Acland

Little Gods is a novel about the mess of family, about vengeance and innocence lost. It explores resilience and girlhood and questions how families live with all of their complexities and contradictions. Resonating with echoes of great Australian novels like Seven Little Australians, Cloudstreet, and Jasper Jones, Little Gods is told with similar idiosyncrasy, insight and style. Funny and heartbreaking, this is a rare and original novel about a remarkable girl who learns the hard way that the truth doesn’t always set you free.

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2019 stella shortlist

The Bridge
by Enza Gandolfo

Drawing on true events of Australia’s worst industrial accident — a tragedy that still scars the city — The Bridge is a profoundly moving novel that examines class, guilt, and moral culpability. Yet it shows that even the most harrowing of situations can give way to forgiveness and redemption. Ultimately, it is a testament to survival and the resilience of the human spirit.

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2019 stella shortlist

Pink Mountain on Locust Island
by Jamie Marina Lau

An unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction. Embracing the noir tradition and featuring a prose style quite unlike any before, with references that will go both over your head and under your feet, Pink Mountain on Locust Island will flip readers upside down and turn your understanding of the world around around.

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2019 stella shortlist

The Erratics
by Vicki Laveau-Harvie 

When her elderly mother is hospitalised after an accident, Vicki is summoned to her parents’ isolated and run-down ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to care for her father. She has been estranged from her parents for many years (the reasons for which become quickly clear) and is horrified by what she discovers on her arrival.

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2019 stella shortlist

Too Much Lip
by Melissa Lucashenko

A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.

Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her voice in anger.

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley…

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2019 stella shortlist

by Maria Tumarkin

The past shapes the present — they teach us this in schools and universities. But the past cannot be visited like an ageing relative; the past doesn’t live in little zoo enclosures. Half the time, the past is nothing less than the beating heart of the present. So, how to speak of the searing, unpindownable power that the past — ours, our family’s, our culture’s — wields now?

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Meanwhile, stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on Tuesday April 9th 2019…

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