The 2019 Stella Prize shortlist is testament to the depth of talent in women's writing in Australia today. The shortlisted books – ranging across fiction and non-fiction – are innovative, funny, enriching and erudite. Now, the judges face the difficult task of choosing a winner.
The Stella Prize was founded to elevate the writing of Australian women with an annual, $50,000 literary prize. Now in its seventh year, it’s an indispensable fixture in Australia’s literary culture – driving book sales, sparking book clubs and boosting the careers of many fine local writers.
In April, we'll host a conversation with Louise Swinn, chair of the 2019 judging panel, and Vicki Laveau-Harvie – announced on 9 April as the winner of this year's award, for her memoir, The Erratics. Together, they'll discuss the winning book and the evolution of the Stella Prize.
Hill of Content will be our bookseller for this event.
Louise Swinn is a writer, publisher, critic, literary event chair and the editor of Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion (Allen and Unwin, 2019). Her work appears regularly in the Age, the Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She was one of the founders of Sleepers Publishing, the Small Press Network and the Stella Prize.
Vicki Laveau-Harvie is passionate about writing, education and communication. Her memoir, The Erratics, won the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize and the 2019 Stella Prize.