The longlist for the annual Stella Prize celebrating Australian women’s contribution to literature has been announced. This is the award’s seventh year.
The longlist was drawn from over 170 entries. This year’s judges are writer, editor and award co-founder Louise Swinn, writer Michelle de Kretser, journalist and ABC presenter Daniel Browning, investigative journalist Kate McClymont and Head of Children’s and YA Programs at the Sydney Writers’ Festival Amelia Lush.
Each longlisted author receives $1000 in prize money.
● Little Gods by Jenny Ackland (Allen & Unwin)
● Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop (Hachette Australia)
● Bluebottle by Belinda Castles (Allen & Unwin)
● The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo (Scribe)
● The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House)
● The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones (Text Publishing)
● Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau (Brow Books)
● The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie (Finch Publishing)
● Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)
● Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (UQP)
● Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin (Brow Books)
● The World Was Whole by Fiona Wright (Giramondo Publishing)
Chair of the Stella Prize judging panel, Louise Swinn, says: “The 2019 Stella Prize longlist comprises twelve exceptional titles – in a year of riches – from writers at very different stages in their career. Some on this longlist are topical, others are timeless. All of these books – covering sexual assault, arson and its consequences, parental neglect, issues of mental health, dysfunctional and complicated family life, chronic illness, and inherited pain, capture the spirit of the age.”
The shortlist will be announced at Noon on Friday March 8, with the 2019 Stella Prize being awarded in Melbourne on Tuesday April 9.