Longlist Annouced for the 2018 Stella Prize


Stella is delighted to announce the 2018 Stella Prize longlist  of powerful books by Australian women.

In a year when women’s voices are demanding to be heard, the 2018 Stella Prize longlist showcases the power and diversity of writing by women in Australia. The determination required to create change, and the political necessity of telling our own stories, shines through in the fiction and nonfiction of this year’s list. Many authors on the longlist explore the importance of narrative for both our understanding of the past and our imaginings of the future. The prominence of books by smaller independent publishers speaks to the vibrancy of Australian publishing, and the longlist as a whole is a testament to the potency of women’s writing in Australia today.

The 2018 Stella Prize shortlist will be announced on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March, and the 2018 Stella Prize winner will be announced on Thursday 12 April.


  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Fiction, Wild Dingo Press)
  • A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work by Bernadette Brennan (Non-Fiction, Text Publishing)
  • Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams (Non-Fiction, Text Publishing)
  • Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman (Fiction, Hachette Australia)
  • The Life to Come by Michelle de Krestser (Fiction, Allen & Unwin)
  • This Water: Five Tales by Beverley Farmer (Fiction,. Giramondo)
  • The Green Bell: A Memoir of Love. Madness and Poetry by Paula Keogh (Non-Fiction, Affirm Press)
  • An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen (Fiction, Text Publishing)
  • The Choke by Sofie Laguna (Fiction, Allen & Unwin)
  • Martin Sharp: His Life and Times by Joyce Morgan (Non-Fiction, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe (Novella, Seizure)
  • Tracker by Alexis Wright (Non-Fiction, Giramondo)