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Announcing the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize: Emily Bitto for The Strays

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize is Emily Bitto for The Strays.

Our judges said, “The three criteria for judging a Stella Prize winner are that the book is ‘excellent, original and engaging’, and this book effortlessly meets all three. The Strays is like a gemstone: polished and multifaceted, reflecting illuminations back to the reader and holding rich colour in its depths.”

‘I am living proof that a women-only prize can be career changing … Yes, a prize for women’s writing wouldn’t be necessary in an ideal world, but that isn’t the world we live in.’ – Kate Grenville

‘I hope that the Stella Prize, with its graceful flexibility about genre, will encourage women writers to work
in the forms they feel truly at home in, instead of having to squeeze themselves into the old
traditional corsets.’ – Helen Garner