“We buy the books; we teach the young ones to read; and we want to reward the women writers who enrich our lives by telling our stories.”
“Despite our toshy narrowness women are everywhere in the book world and even on the bestseller lists.”
Tell us about the books you have loved, been inspired or challenged by.
“But for the sake of all those women writers who come after this generation, and all the women readers too, let’s get the heavy machinery out and start levelling that playing-field.”
Read more in today’s Age.
Romana Koval interviews Sophie Cunningham about the prize and its aims.
Joanthan Franzen says he supports the idea of the Stella Prize, which is modelled on Britain’s Orange Prize, as “good affirmative action”.
in 2009 the the shortlist for the Miles Franklin Prize, Australia’s most prestigious literary award, was woman-free.
A group of Australian women writers and publishers are working to set up an equivalent of the Orange prize in their country, to combat what they describe as “the systemic exclusion of women writers over several decades” from the country’s major literary awards.