About Us

The Stella Prize is a major literary award that celebrates Australian women’s writing and an organisation that champions cultural change

The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

The Stella Prize seeks to:

  • recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature
  • bring more readers to books by women and thus increase their sales
  • provide role models for schoolgirls and emerging female writers
  • reward one writer with a $50,000 prize – money that buys a writer some measure of financial independence and thus time, that most undervalued yet necessary commodity for women, to focus on their writing

The Stella Prize runs events at bookshops, festivals and universities around Australia. We also compile the annual Stella Count, tracking the number of books by men and women reviewed in our major newspapers and literary magazines, and in late 2014 launched the Stella Schools Program.

For updates on the Stella Prize’s events and activities, and to receive notifications of our longlist, shortlist and winner as soon as each is announced, please sign up for our enewsletter below.

Donate to Stella

The Stella Prize needs your support. Every single donation is important to us and helps to secure our future, and enables us to continue working to celebrate Australian women writers and champion cultural change. The Stella Prize has achieved much in a very short time, but its future is not secure. To ensure Stella continues as a force for good, please consider donating. It’s tax-deductible, and every dollar makes a difference.

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Direct transfers can be arranged by emailing Aviva Tuffield, Executive Director, at aviva@thestellaprize.com.au.

If you prefer to make a donation by mail, you can download a donation form here. Completed donation forms and cheques can be sent to: The Stella Prize, Studio 706, The Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000.