I’m not going to write a long post on the Stella Prize longlist because Paula Grunseit has written a good rundown of the books on the Australian Women Writers’ challenge website. Do check it out if you are interested to know more about the books (which I’ll list below).
The Stella Prize, regular readers here will know, is a new Australian literary prize for women writers, this being only its second year. One prize is awarded for a book that can be fiction (literary or genre, novel or short stories, poetry or prose) or non-fiction.
This year’s longlist was announced yesterday. It includes three books I’ve read and reviewed. (An improvement for me on last year when I’d read none at the time of longlisting, though by the end of the year I had read a few!) As last year, it’s a diverse collection, which includes debut novels, novels by indigenous authors, a short story collection, memoirs, a biography, and social analysis non-fiction (I have no idea what else to call books like Night games and The misogyny factor).
Anyhow, here is the list, in alphabetical order by author:
- Letter to George Clooney, by Debra Adelaide (Picador): fiction, short story collection
- Moving among strangers, by Gabrielle Carey (UQP): non-fiction, memoir
- Burial rites, by Hannah Kent (Picador): fiction, debut novel
- Night games, by Anna Krien (Black Inc): non-fiction, see my review
- Mullumbimby, by Melissa Lucashenko (UQP): fiction, novel
- The night guest, by Fiona McFarlane (Penguin): fiction, debut novel
- Boy, lost, by Kristina Olsson (UQP): non-fiction, memoir
- The misogyny factor, by Anne Summers (New South): non-fiction
- Madeleine, by Helen Trinca (Text): non-fiction, biography, see my review
- The swan book, by Alexis Wright (Giramondo): fiction, novel
- The forgotten rebels of Eureka, by Clare Wright (Text): non-fiction, history
- All the birds, singing, by Evie Wyld (Random House): fiction, novel, see my review
Three books published by UQP (University of Queensland Press)! Good for them.
For those of you who are interested, this year’s judges are:
- Kerryn Goldsworthy, critic and writer (chair, and on last year’s panel)
- Annabel Crabb (journalist and broadcaster)
- Brenda Walker (author and academic)
- Fiona Stager (bookseller, and on last year’s panel)
- Tony Birch (writer and lecturer )
The winner will be announced on March 20.