Stella began in 2012 with the Stella Prize, a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. The aim was to counter the gender bias rife in the Australian literary landscape at the time and promote cultural change through the recognition of women’s perspectives. As an organisation, Stella seeks to:
Stella also runs events at bookshops, festivals and universities around Australia. We compile the annual Stella Count, tracking the number of books by men and women reviewed in our major newspapers and literary magazines.
In 2014, we launched the Stella Schools Program, which aims to inspire change and to empower students – girls and boys alike – by encouraging them to critically engage with their own reading habits and imagine a future not limited by their gender.
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