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2020 Stella Prize Shortlist Announced

2020 Stella Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the annual Stella Prize has been announced, featuring a range of fiction and non-fiction books, and an anthology of short stories.

Women authors Jess Hill, Caro Llewellyn, Favel Parrett, Josephine Rowe, Tara June Winch and Charlotte Wood have all made the final cut.

Longlistees received a $1000 prize, and in addition to this, the shortlistees will receive a three-week writing retreat in Point Addis on the Victorian coast, and an additional $2000 cash prize.

The Stella Prize was founded in 2013 to combat gender bias in Australian literary prizes.

The first winner was Carrie Tiffany for her novel, Mateship with Birds.

Charlotte Wood, who is shortlisted once again this year for her novel, The Weekend, won the prize in 2016.

The Natural Way of Things, her fifth novel, was seemingly put on the map when it was awarded the 2016 prize. She told The Guardian that after winning, her ‘sales certainly tripled almost instantly.’

‘I don’t think anyone was setting out to not include women. But I think the Stella brought attention to the unconscious bias that we all about all kinds of things,’ she also said.

Many of the shortlisted books have already reached a level of critical acclaim, with Jess Hill’s investigation into domestic violence in Australia, See What You Made Me Do, has been short and long-listed, for a number of other prizes, including the 2019 Walkley Book Award.

Hill tweeted to thank everyone for their kind words about her book and shortlisting, saying she was ‘grateful (and hopeful) new audiences will read the expertise of the many survivors in this book.’ 

You can read the full shortlist below and our accompanying reviews and articles.


See What You Made Me Do, by Jess Hill | Read the review

Diving into Glass, by Caro Llewellyn | Read the review

There Was Still Love, by Favel Parrett | Read the review

Here Until August, by Josephine Rowe | Read the review

The Yield, by Tara June Winch | Read the article

The Weekend, by Charlotte Wood | Read the review | Read the article