The Stella prize

The Stella prize is Australia's most prestigious award celebrating and recognising the vibrancy and complexity of women and non-binary writers and their contribution to culture.

The winner is selected from an initial long list of excellent, original and engaging twelve works down to a short list of six. This is its eighth year and the winner of the Stella prize and the accompanying $50,000 prize money was announced online last night.

For more information or to view the announcement, head to the

Stella Prize website

 

.... and the winner is

Stella Winner 2020 - Book see what you made me do

 

See what you made me do by Jess Hill

Available as eBook through Wheelers

Journalist, Jess Hill has won the 2020 Stella prize for See What You Made Me Do, a study of domestic abuse in Australia. Louise Swinn, chair of the Stella Prize judging panel, said Hill's book "meticulously dismantle[s] all of the lazy old lies we associate with domestic abuse" by means of "forensic investigation and highlighting personal stories". It is the first journalistic work to win in the prize's eight-year history, but the third non-fiction winner in a row.

 

stella short list

If you'd like to sink your teeth into some of the other books that made it onto the short and long list we have the following available online 

From the shortlist

The yield by Tara June Winch

Available as eBook through Wheelers

The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

The weekend by Charlotte Wood

Available as eBook through BorrowBox

'People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn't true. The graveyard, the stony dirt - that's what it was like now . . . Despite the three women knowing each other better than their own siblings, Sylvie's death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.' The Weekend

From the longlist

Stella Prize Longlist books

This is how we change the ending by Vikki Wakefield

Available as eBook through BorrowBox

Raw and real, funny and heartbreaking—a story about what it takes to fight back when you're not a hero. Vikki Wakefield writes realist fiction for young adults. Her work explores coming-of-age, family, class, relationships and the lives of contemporary teens.

Paper emperors by Sally Young

Available as eBook through Wheelers

Before newspapers were ravaged by the digital age, they were a powerful force, especially in Australia — a country of newspaper giants and kingmakers. This magisterial book reveals who owned Australia's newspapers and how they used them to wield political power.

Lucky ticket by Joey Bui

Available as eBook through Wheelers

In Lucky Ticket, Joey Bui introduces a diverse range of characters, all with distinctive voices, and makes us think differently about identity, mixed-race relationships, difficulties between family generations, war and dislocation. 

The house of Youssef by Yumna Kassab

Available as eBook through Wheelers

he House of Youssef is a collection of short stories set in Western Sydney. The stories explore the lives of Lebanese migrants who have settled in the area, circling around themes of isolation, family and community, and nostalgia for the home country.