Stella prize: longlist for $50,000 award includes Alexis Wright and Michelle de Kretser

Ten books in running for award for writing by women showcase ‘a cornucopia of literary riches’, says chair of judging panel

A literary portrait of Helen Garner, a memoir of poetry and mental illness, and a novel about the erotic encounters of a robot feature in the books in contention for this year’s $50,000 Stella prize.

Previous Miles Franklin award winners Alexis Wright, Michelle de Kretser and Sofie Laguna are among the 10 authors who have been longlisted for the prize, which was founded partly to redress the gender imbalance in Australian literary awards. Wright was nominated for her biography of Indigenous activist Tracker Tilmouth, while De Kretser and Laguna were nominated for their most recent novels, The Life to Come and The Choke respectively.

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