I had the pleasure of watching the Stella Prize 2021 Longlist announcement this morning on YouTube. It’s actually the first time I took the time to do that in a while. I don’t think I’ve followed any major literary prize closely since Bernadine Evaristo had to share The Booker Prize win with Margaret Atwood. That still annoys me when I think about it.
Desiring to read more books that don’t seem to get much shine and looking for interesting books by women writers since this month is Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day I decided to take a moment to really see what the Stella Prize is all about.
The Stella Prize was created in 2013. It awards Australian women writers from all literary genres and the winner takes home a health prize of $50,000. From what I heard today the Prize has 3 main criteria: excellent, engaging, original. Sounds promising to me. It was even more so once I started hearing the name of the 12 titles that were chosen for the longlist from an original 160 entries. These 1é longlist authors will be awarded $1,000 in prize money, which is pretty damn cool. The 6 shortlist novels will be announced on March 25th and the winner on April 22nd.
I found this list to be very intriguing. I specifically looking forward to:
Happily more of these titles are available than I thought. So looks like I might be using my Kindle a bit more this year. Will be tying to read a couple of these. Are you interested in the Stella Prize? If so, which books are you interested in reading?
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