Stella Prize 2020 shortlist announced

6 books are selected for the $50,000 prize

Stella Prize

The jury panel for the Stella Prize have now announced the six shortlisted titles for this year’s prize. The selection is made from the 12 books that were longlisted last month.

Each shortlisted entry will receive a $2,000 prize money, along with a three-week immersive retreat at a house in Point Addis on the Victorian coast. The winner is entitled to a $50,000 prize.

Stella Prize 2020 shortlist

The selected books, in no particular order, are:

Diving into Glass by Caro Llewellyn

“Diving into Glass” is an emotional memoir. It talks about family, purpose, and vulnerability. It is a painful yet funny portrait of the truth about disabilities. The book is set on the backdrop of childhood trauma and mental illness.

Here Until August by Josephine Rowe

“Here Until August” is a collection of short stories comprising of characters who are traveling beyond the boundaries of the worlds known to them. It aims to show us how the places where we choose to live our lives can just as easily turn inward as outward.

See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill

“See What You Made Me Do” is a non-fiction book about psychology and the ways in which abusers exert control in the darkest and most intimate of settings. The prose tries to dismantle the flawed logic of victim-blaming.

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

“The Weekend” is the story of three friends in their seventies, who gather for a last weekend at the former holiday home of a friend who has recently passed. The author has already won the prize in 2016 for “The Natural Way of Things”.

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The Yield by Tara June Winch

“The Yield” is a work of fiction. The narrative contains words from the language of the Wiradjuri people. In general, it talks about the role a language plays in driving the people and their culture.

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

“There Was Still Love” is a historical fiction novel set in Prague and Melbourne in the twentieth century. It aims to celebrate the strong women who bind the families together, despite dislocation due to wars. It is a story of family, love, and memories.

What about the winner of Stella Prize 2020?

The winner will be declared on April 8 in Sydney.


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