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Announcing the 2016 Stella Prize winner

The Stella Prize is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 Stella Prize is Charlotte Wood for her novel The Natural Way of Things.

The Stella Prize judges described it as ‘a novel of – and for – our times’ and ‘a riveting and necessary act of critique.’

The winner was announced at an event at the Sydney Opera House on 19 April.

Read Charlotte’s acceptance speech here, and find out more about the book below.


‘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