The Stella Prize is only in its fourth year but it’s already impossible to imagine Australia’s literary landscape without it. The prize, named after My Brilliant Career author Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, celebrates the best writing by Australian women authors each year.
Once again, the six shortlisted books for 2016 showcase the depth of talent in Australian women’s writing. This year’s shortlist contains two collections of short fiction, three novels and a collection of personal essays. These works embrace themes ranging from hunger to community to sex to cancer to corporate control.
Following the announcement of the winner of the 2016 Stella Prize in Sydney on 19 April, Stella executive director Aviva Tuffield and judge Alice Pung will be joined by this year’s winner, Charlotte Wood, and shortlisted author Peggy Frew. Join us for a vibrant celebration of the best of Australian women’s writing.
Alice Pung is the bestselling author of Her Father’s Daughter, which won the 2012 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards, and Unpolished Gem which won the 2007 Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award; and is also published in the UK, Germany, Indonesia and the US. She is also the editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia.
Aviva Tuffield is a publisher at Black Inc. and executive director of the Stella Prize. She has worked in publishing for almost twenty years, mainly as an editor. She was previously a publisher at Affirm Press and Associate Publisher at Scribe Publications, where she was responsible for building an Australian fiction list. Before that, she was Deputy Editor at Australian Book Review.
Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and a book of non-fiction, and for three years edited The Writer’s Room Interviews magazine. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, was awarded the 2016 Stella Prize. It will be published in the UK and North America in 2016.
Her work has been shortlisted for various prizes including the Christina Stead, Kibble and Miles Franklin Awards. Two novels – The Children and The Natural Way of Things – have been optioned for feature films.
The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as ‘one of our most original and provocative writers.’
Peggy Frew's debut novel, House of Sticks, won the 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Her story 'Home Visit' won the Age short story competition. Her second novel, Hope Farm, was published in 2015. Peggy is also a member of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Melbourne band Art of Fighting.