mardi 30 août 2011

In the spotlight: Female-only literary prize

Caption: Sophie Cunningham says female writers need an award. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui

Female-only literary prize puts gender on the agenda

Gabriella Coslovich
August 29, 2011

"FED UP with women being overlooked for literary prizes, sisters are doing it for themselves and establishing Australia's answer to Britain's Orange Prize for fiction, which is open to women only.

Australia's version will be known as the Stella and, at $50,000, will be slightly more lucrative than Britain's £30,000 ($A46,400) prize - although sponsors are still being sought. The Stella will also differ from its British counterpart in that it will be open to all genres of writing by women, not just fiction.

Spurred on by the abysmally low showing of women on the literary prize circuit, an 11-strong group of Australian women, including author and editor Sophie Cunningham, have been working towards establishing the Stella since March, and will be launching the prize this Friday in Melbourne."

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