Pen Pal program


In 2016, the Stella Prize launched the Stella Sparks campaign, inviting all readers to show their support for writing by Australian women.

Stella Sparks will return in January 2017 – stay tuned for more details.

In 2016, all Stella Spark donors were eligible to apply for our Stella Sparks Pen Pal program. Pen Pal participants would engage in an epistolary correspondence with one of the following authors: Hannah Kent, Stella-shortlisted author of Burial Rights; Ellen van Neerven, Stella-shortlisted author of Heat and Light; or Clare Wright, Stella Prize-winning author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.

Three successful applicants were each paired with one of these brilliant Australian women writers, and sent and received three letters each way. The letters could be hand-written, typed or emailed, and could discuss literature, writing, art, politics, music, culture, travel, the weather – whatever topics the successful applicants chose to share with their literary Pen Pals.