What’s Your #StellaSpark?

The 2017 Stella Sparks campaign aims to ensure the sustainability of the Stella Prize as an organisation, and also to celebrate and recognise the impact of nonfiction writing by women on Australian culture and society.

We want to hear about the incredible works of nonfiction by Australian women that have inspired and informed you ­– your nonfiction Stella Sparks.

A nonfiction Stella Spark is the book, essay, article or other piece of nonfiction writing by an Australian woman that struck a spark for you: we want to hear about the writing that spoke truth to power, reshaped your perspective, or revealed something new to you about creativity, art, society, gender or Australian life. Share a photo of your nonfiction Stella Spark (if it’s in printed form) or a link if it’s available online, along with the story of why you chose it across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #StellaSpark.

We want to celebrate the many Australian women who have shaped our country’s sense of itself through their keen-eyed ability to tell true stories with courage, insight and creativity. Join in the conversation, and help spread the word about great nonfiction writing by Australian women!

To share your nonfiction #StellaSpark, follow these steps:

  • Take a photo of yourself with the nonfiction book that struck a spark for you, that inspired or informed you. If your nonfiction Stella Spark isn’t in printed form, but is available online, you may like to share a link instead. OR you can skip directly to the next step.
  • Post your nonfiction Stella Spark on social media – Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram – using the hashtag nonfiction #StellaSpark, e.g. ‘My nonfiction #StellaSpark is Ceridwen Dovey’s essay for the Monthly on autobiographical fiction, ‘The pencil and the damage done’.
    OR
    ‘My nonfiction #StellaSpark is Inga Clendinnen’s history book Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact.’
  • If you wish, you can expand further on why you love this particular piece of writing, or how it sparked your interest. E.g.‘My nonfiction #StellaSpark is Inga Clendinnen’s Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact, for its mixture of anthropology and narrative history, and what it reveals to us about the true history of our country.’
    OR
    ‘My nonfiction #StellaSpark is Ceridwen Dovey’s essay for the Monthly on autobiographical fiction, ‘The pencil and the damage done’, because it brilliantly demolishes gendered assumptions about autobiographical authority. https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2014/november/1414760400/ceridwen-dovey/pencil-and-damage-done’
  • Tell your friends about the Stella Sparks campaign, and become an official Stella Spark supporter by donating to Stella!
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