Announcing The Stella Prize
On Wednesday 8 March, International Women's Day, the Stella Prize announced the six extraordinary books by Australian women on the 2017 shortlist.
- Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain
- The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
- Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle
- An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
- The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
- Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
Brenda Walker, chair of the 2017 judging panel, said: "The 2017 Stella Prize shortlist celebrates books that combine extraordinary literary accomplishment with the social and familial reverberations of some of the most significant issues of our time: racism, violence against women, the aftermath of totalitarianism, the place of art in everyday life and the way we confront our individual mortality."
This year, for the very first time, the shortlisted prize money was increased from $2000 to $3000 for each shortlistee, thanks to the support of the Ivy H Thomas and Arthur A Thomas Trust managed by Equity Trustees.
For the second year, each of the shortlistees will receive a writing retreat supported by the Trawalla Foundation in addition to the prize money. The Stella Grasstrees Writing Retreat provides shortlisted authors with a three-week immersive retreat at a house in Point Addis on the Victorian coast, and includes associated travel expenses.
The $50,000 Stella Prize will be presented for the best work of literature, fiction or nonfiction, published in 2016 by an Australian woman.
The Stella Prize 2017 winner will be announced on 18 April 2017.