The Stella Prize                                             


The Stella Prize is a literary award celebrating Australian women's writing.  It is an annual prize celebrating Australian women's contribution to literature, and is named after Stella Maria Sarah 'Miles' Franklin. Both non-fiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.  The winning book will be original, excellent and engaging.

The prize awards one female writer, the winner of the Stella Prize, with a monetary prize of $50,000.  The Stella Prize also seeks to raise the profile of books by women generall, and specifically through its events program, longlist and shorlist.  In doing so, the Stella Prize encourages future generations of women writers by providing role models and improving the level of recognition for Australian women's writing.



The Stella Schools Program seeks to inspire and empower young people – girls and boys alike – to find their own creative voices, challenge stereotypes and imagine a future not limited by their gender.

The program encourages students to: develop their unique voices through writing, storytelling and a range of creative forms; improve their communication skills, hone their creativity and connect with potential writing mentors; critically engage with their own reading habits and the stories they’re exposed to; identify barriers to equality and understand how gendered language plays into power relationships; explore the ways words and language can be used to challenge gender inequality, support and foster marginalised voices, and empower all young people.

The program, which runs nationally, aims to bring about a lasting cultural shift in young people’s attitudes through its work in schools, its events program and its teaching resources.

The Stella Schools Program is for girls and boys in Years 7 to 12 and is comprised of:

    • Girls Write Up: a unique all-day festival for teens that inspires creativity and teaches empowerment through sharing and writing stories
    • Stella Intensives: week-long programs delivered in schools by visiting writers, designed to spark ideas, stimulate creativity and build self-confidence
    • In-school sessions: panels, creative workshops, keynote speakers and in-conversation events with notable women writers on a range of themes, such as ‘The Personal Is Political’ and ‘Choosing a Creative Life’
    • Professional development sessions for teachers and librarians
    • Resources: Extensive reading lists to encourage students to read widely
    • Provocations: a series of live public events, podcasts and articles to stimulate discussion and deepen understanding around a range of issues affecting young people today




As the Stella Prize seeks to recognise and support women writers, and bring more readers to their work, the Stella Prize Schools Program aims to provide role models for girls, encourage the inclusion of more texts by Australian women on school syllabi, and promote wider reading of books by female authors among both girls and boys.

The Stella Prize Schools Program Education Kit offers teaching notes on all the Stella Prize shortlisted books to date.  These teaching notes, for Years 10 to 12, are divided into three broad themes - Identity, History and Place - and all of the notes include links to the Australian Curriculum.  


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