Announcing The Stella Prize
The Stella Prize is delighted to announce the 2017 Stella Prize longlist. From more than 180 entries, this year's Stella Prize judges – author and academic Brenda Walker (chair); author and literary critic Delia Falconer; bookseller Diana Johnston; editor and chair of First Nations Australia Writers' Network Sandra Phillips; and author, journalist and screenwriter Benjamin Law – have selected twelve books for the 2017 Stella Prize longlist.
The 2017 Stella Prize longlist is:
- Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird
- Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain
- The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
- Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle
- Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru by Madeline Gleeson
- Avalanche by Julia Leigh
- An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
- The High Places by Fiona McFarlane
- Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane by Elspeth Muir
- The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
- Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
- The Media and the Massacre by Sonya Voumard
Chair of the Stella Prize judging panel, Brenda Walker, says of the longlist:
'The 2017 Stella Prize longlist recognises exceptional writing in a year of especially fine literature by Australian women. This year's longlist is notable for the strength and diversity of investigative, biographical and autobiographical work, as well as for highly accomplished fiction and stories. All of the books are topical and many of them address urgent national issues with particular relevance to women, at a time when women are fighting to be politically seen and heard, and to secure their positions in the public sphere.
'The 12 titles on this longlist are outstanding examples of the literature that the Stella Prize values: original, excellent and engaging. Women's writing is flourishing in this country, and the Stella Prize, now in its fifth year, is dedicated to the recognition and celebration of the growth and continuity of Australian women's literature.'
The judges have a difficult task ahead of them, as they narrow down this outstanding longlist to a shortlist by Wednesday 8 March.