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2020 Stella Prize Longlist Announced

2020 Stella Prize Longlist Announced

The 2020 Stella Prize longlist was announced late last week, showcasing a range of memoir, fiction, short stories and non-fiction. 

Since 2013, the Stella Prize has been championing Australian women writers of fiction and non-fiction.

The prize aims to celebrate women’s contribution to Australian literature, bring more readers to women writers, teach young readers to question gender disparity and stereotypes, and reward one writer each year with a $50,000 prize.

Louise Swinn, the Chair of judges and co-founder of the prize, has called the longlist ‘exciting and varied’.

‘The 12 books we’ve chosen are all ambitious texts – bold and unapologetic … This is more than just a snapshot of this time and place, it is an off-road adventure that will force you to think and re-think.’

The rest of the judging panel is made up of journalists Monica Attard and Jack Latimore, editor Zoya Patel, poet Leni Shilton.

The shortlist will be announced on the 6th of March, and the final winner will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney in early April.

This year’s winner will follow 2019 winner Vicki Laveau-Harvie and her memoir, The Erratics.


You can read the full longlist below:

Lucky Ticket, Joey Bui

Songspirals: Sharing women’s wisdom of country through songlines, Gay’wu Group of Women

See What You Made Me Do, Jess Hill

The House of Youssef, Yumna Kassab

Diving into Glass, Caro Llewellyn

When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over, Mandy Ord

There was Still Love, Favel Parrett 

Here Until August, Josephine Rowe

This is How We Change the Ending, Vikki Wakefield

The Yield, Tara June Winch 

The Weekend, Charlotte Wood 

Paper Emperors, Sally Young