The Stella Prize has  become a much-loved fixture on Australia’s literary scene, as evidenced by the support of our wonderful Stella Ambassadors.

Ellen Koshland – Founding Patron

ellen-square‘All countries have a public imagination, a set of stories by which they know themselves. In Australia these stories have been largely male, for a raft of reasons. The Stella Prize is an opportunity to add to and fill out this picture, and create a fuller, richer, more accurate Australian story – one that represents us all.’

Quentin Bryce AD CVO

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‘The Stella Prize makes a fabulous contribution to our cultural life and to the advancement of our brilliant women writers.’


Carol Schwartz AM

CSchwartz‘Creating the Stella Prize for women writers will acknowledge women as inspiring literary role models for other women (as well as for literary audiences generally), for years to come. This is a really significant and much needed advance in the world of literature.’


Professor Gillian Triggs

‘The Stella Prize both celebrates stellar women writers and encourages young people to read and think critically. I am honoured to be an Ambassador for Stella.’


Catherine Andrews

Catherine Andrews head shot 20151111‘Equality is not negotiable and must be sought in all industries across the country. We want our children to read the words of our men and women. Women writers have been marginalised for too long. The Stella starts to even the score.’

Dr Sandra Phillips

‘Working towards the common good by enabling recognition of women’s achievements is lifelong and cross-generational work requiring energetic labour of love. That’s why I am a Stella Ambassador championing cultural change with other Australian women writers.’

Claudia Karvan

DJ1_6378_8mb_150dpi‘The Stella Prize is much-needed recognition of the wonderful books being written by our women writers —one that is necessary for a vibrant and diverse publishing industry.’


Anna Funder

Anna-Funder‘Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin felt she would be read with more respect if she wrote under a man’s name, so she did. Can this really still be so? I was shocked to learn how severely writing by women is underrepresented in reviews, on school curricula, and on prize lists. The Stella Prize – more than a prize, more like a cultural phenomenon – seeks to make the review pages better, the school curricula broader and the prize lists more exciting by including more books by women. It terrifies me to think of good books by women that never got the recognition they deserved, and of the writers who didn’t get the encouragement they needed. The only thing to unite ‘women’s writing’ has been its quality of being irrationally vulnerable to cultural oblivion. What’s in an author’s name? Everything, apparently: recognition, money, awards, respect, readers. It’s vital for good and great Australian writers now to get the recognition they deserve.’

Brenda Walker

Brenda Walker‘Every prize I have won (not a multitude, as it happens, just three!) has done so much for me in terms of confirmation and the chance to buy writing time or travel. So I think the more available prizes the better.’


Eva Cox AO

eva-cox head shot‘Statistics clearly show women authors, in relation to their proportions as readers and writers, miss out on general prizes. If so many measures show the differences, could it be that standards and merit are still gender biased? The most likely explanation is yes. So as merit does not come with genes, we still need to balance the books!’


Kate Grenville

Kate_Grenville‘I am living proof that a women-only prize can be career changing. The Idea of Perfection, which won the Orange Prize, won no Australian awards and was only shortlisted for one minor prize. After that win my professional life turned around completely — suddenly my books were taken seriously, won prizes and for the first time featured on heavy-duty shortlists … Yes, a prize for women’s writing wouldn’t be necessary in an ideal world, but that isn’t the world we live in.’

Wendy Harmer

Wendy Harmer Headshsot‘Hooray for The Stella Prize which recognises that women writers and readers are the pillars of the Australian publishing industry. We buy the books; we teach the young ones to read; and we want to reward the women writers who enrich our lives by telling our stories.’

Geordie Williamson

GEORDIE-WILLIAMSON‘The Stella Prize is a necessary and urgently needed award. Australia’s women writers need a space where their achievements may be seen in splendid isolation – only then will we appreciate what riches we have to hand.’


Geraldine Brooks

geraldine-brooks head shot‘My first writing prize was like a strong breeze at my back, drowning out the whispers of self-doubt and, no less importantly, buying me time to try something that might or might not work out.  I can see the Stella Prize working as that same sort of magical leaven, lifting a new generation of women writers to ever loftier heights.’

Adam Bandt MP

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‘The Stella Prize recognizes that women are central to Australia’s literary endeavour and gives encouragement to future generations of writers. The Stella Prize is long overdue and very much welcome.’

Jane Caro

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‘Once, we were locked out altogether, now we have access but only limited. So many bright, energetic, talented women fighting for such small spaces.’


Fabian Dattner

fabian-dattner‘I am thoroughly frustrated at the myriad ways the incredible voices and insights of women are so often marginalised. I am amazed that, in this most central of art forms, women are less visible – to young readers, on school curricula, in awards, in the media. For this reason I think we should all help The Stella Prize: in kind, by donating, by sharing their mission, by advocating for women authors. Change happens because we stand up to be counted. Promoting the voice of women is a saving grace.’

Judge Graham Anderson

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 3.40.57 pm‘When the Stella Prize was announced in 2013, I welcomed it enthusiastically, particularly as a source of reliable recommendations for the best of our newer and less familiar women writers. Having read half of the thirty-six longlisted Stella Prize books over its first three years, I am yet to be disappointed. An added bonus has been the introduction to the best of Australia’s nonfiction writing.’