Monday, March 25, 2013

The Stella Prize - major new Australian literary prize

A major new literary prize worth $50,000 will be awarded for the first time on April 16 this year for the best book published in 2012 by an Australian female author. Named after Stella Maria Miles Franklin  (1879-1954) author of My Brilliant Career and who  had links with the Hurstville area having worked from offices in Hurstville's old Council Chambers and also next to the Hurstville Ritz Hotel in Forest Road. This new award is a celebration and a reminder of the contribution made by Australian women writers to this country's literature.
From over 200 entries the Stella Prize judges narrowed the number to a shortlist of six from a longer one of twelve. The shortlisted titles are:
The Burial by Courtney Collins
Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser   
The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson
Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

Try one, see if you agree with the judges or download an eBook version from the eLibrary collection.


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