Stella Circles

Love books by women? Want to support wonderful writing by Australian women, and ensure your book club will have great books to read in years to come? If you’re passionate about books and reading, and appreciate the importance of literature, creating a giving circle to donate to the Stella Prize is the perfect opportunity to support women writers.

Existing book clubs may like to designate one meeting per year to read a Stella longlisted or shortlisted book, and arrange a collective donation to the Prize in the name of your book club. All Stella Circle donations received go directly to raising the annual prize money awarded to the Stella Prize-winner. Make a difference to our literary culture and become part of history by securing the recognition and the future of Australian women’s literature.

Stella Circles will be warmly acknowledged on our website here. You will also receive a goodie pack from us to show our appreciation – including a Stella tote bag and bookmarks.

We are immensely grateful to all of our donors and supporters. Large or small, every donation is crucial to the Stella Prize. Giving Circles enable individuals to see the impact of their donations in combination with donations from other supporters.

Donations can be made via GiveNow. Each member of the book club can donate separately, or one member can collect the donations and submit on behalf of the group as a whole. Don’t forget to include your book club’s name in the ‘special message’ section, and we will send your thank-you pack to a designated member of your book club.

Find out more about making individual or collective donations to the Stella Prize here.


‘For some time our book club had discussed forming a giving circle and making an annual donation to a cause that mattered to us. We are all aware of our relative good fortune. Our challenge was to decide which of many important issues to invest in? We were clear we wanted to pool our donations to maximise impact, and that we wanted the funds to benefit other women. When one of our members sadly died last year, we decided to honour her by choosing literary initiative – Kerri taught English Literature at Melbourne Girls Grammar and was passionate about reading and sharing ideas – and it was books that fostered our friendship and connection. It also seemed fitting that our first donation be to an organisation that celebrates great women writers and gives voice to the experience of women by showcasing their work. We love the whole notion of the Stella Prize and hope to encourage others to consider the opportunity to form a giving circle around their book club!’

— Julie Reilly, Sabina’s Book Club