Provocative, political, speculative: your guide to the 2018 Stella shortlist

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  • Six years ago, The Stella Prize burst onto the Australian literary scene with an air of urgency.

The A$50,000 award was the progeny of the Stella Count – a campaign highlighting the under-representation of women authors in book reviews and awards lists.

  • Camilla Nelson
  • The Conversation

In the years since, the prize has challenged the gendered ways in which we think about “significance” and “seriousness” in literature.

Thk 3cJudging a literary award is invariably a contest of aesthetics and politics.

And the Stella has never shied from difficult, taxing or surprising choices.

It has awarded nonfiction in a field traditionally dominated by fiction; first time writers rather than established names; and in an…

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