The longlist for the 2018 Stella Prize – presented for the best work of fiction or nonfiction by an Australian women published in the previous calendar year – was announced last night. The shortlist will be announced on March 8 and the winner at a ceremony in Sydney on April 12.
The longlist comprises seven works of fiction and five of non fiction. Eight of the titles are published by small presses.
Chair of judges Fiona Stager said the longlist “challenges the reader to experience the pleasures of reading different forms of writing: speculative fiction, novella, memoir, biography, non-narrative nonfiction, history, short stories and work in translation. Included are authors who have inverted genres through imaginative and subversive literary techniques”.
This year’s prize is judged by Stager the co-owner of Avid Reader, author Julie Koh, editor, writer and poet Ellen van Neerven, writer and critic James Ley and writer, editor and publisher Louise Swinn.
This year’s longlisted titles are:
- The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Shokoofeh Azar, Wild Dingo Press)
- A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work (Bernadette Brennan, Text)
- Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness (Kate Cole-Adams, Text)
- Terra Nullius (Claire G Coleman, Hachette)
- The Life to Come (Michelle de Kretser, A&U)
- This Water: Five Tales (Beverley Farmer, Giramondo)
- The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love, Madness and Poetry(Paula Keogh, Affirm)
- An Uncertain Grace (Krissy Kneen, Text)
- The Choke (Sofie Laguna, A&U)
- Martin Sharp: His Life and Times (Joyce Morgan, A&U)
- The Fish Girl (Mirandi Riwoe, Seizure)
- Tracker (Alexis Wright, Giramondo)