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2023 Stella Prize Longlist Announcement


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Be the first to hear from Stella’s panel of esteemed judges as they announce the books longlisted for the 2023 Stella Prize.


Now in its eleventh year, the Stella Prize has become a mainstay of Australia’s literary awards scene, championing the careers of women and non-binary writers.

Be among the first to discover the 2023 longlist with judges Alice Pung, Astrid Edwards, Beejay Silcox, Jeff Sparrow and Alison Whittaker offering their insights into the stories, themes and ideas explored in each of the 12 works.

Following the announcement, you’ll have the opportunity to get your hands on copies of the full longlist courtesy of local booksellers Neighbourhood Books.

Presented by Stella in partnership with the Wheeler Centre


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Astrid Edwards

Astrid Edwards is a bibliophile. She hosts The Garret: Writers on Writing, judges literary prizes and teaches in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University. She has served on the boards of Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria, and was also a Member of the ... Read more

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne writer and journalist whose books include Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter, Laurinda, Close to Home and One Hundred Days. One Hundred Days was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. She is the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in A... Read more

Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox is an essayist and literary critic. Her literary criticism and cultural commentary regularly appears in national arts publications, and is increasingly finding an international audience, including in the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and The New York Times. Her award-winn... Read more

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, broadcaster, and Walkley award-winning journalist. He is a columnist for The Guardian Australia, a former Breakfaster at Melbourne’s 3RRR, and a past editor of Overland literary journal. His most recent books are Provocations: New and Selected Writing; Crimes a... Read more

Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi multitasker. Between 2017–2018, she was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Alison is a Senior Researcher at the Jumbunna Institute at UTS. Her debut poetry collection, Lemons in the Ch... Read more


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