10 years of the Stella: how Australia’s women’s writing prize changed a nation’s literature

Publishers speak of the profound effect the prize has had on Australia’s book industry in the decade since its establishmentOn International Women’s Day in 2011, a group of Australian women writers and editors appeared at a literary salon and spoke about their frustration at the male-dominated books industry. The following month, when the Miles Franklin shortlist was released featuring only male authors, those women decided it wasn’t enough to just talk about the gender disparity they saw – they needed to do something.A decade later, and the Stella prize, its title a reclamation of Miles Franklin’s first name, has become a heavyweight in Australian literature. Open to fiction and nonfiction since awarding its first prize in 2013 – and since expanding to include non-binary identifying authors and, as of this year, single-author poetry collections – the Stella now has a profound effect on Australia’s literary landscape. Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2021-10-07 01:56:57 UTC ]
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