Saturday, 24 March 2018

The Stella Prize Shortlist 2018

The shortlist for the 2018 Stella Prize was announced on International Women's Day, 8 March 2018. The six titles vying for the prize this year are:
  • Shokoofeh Azar - The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree
  • Claire G Coleman - Terra Nullius
  • Michelle de Krester - The Life to Come
  • Kristy Kneen - An Uncertain Grace
  • Mirandi Riwoe - The Fish Girl
  • Alexis Wright - Tracker

I was not surprised that past winners Michelle de Krester and Alexis Wright made the shortlist, but I did not expect Sophie Laguna to be dropped from the competition with her novel The Choke.

It is nice to see debut novelists - Azar, Coleman and Riwoe - in competition for their works. I described these books in a previous post about the Longlist. Of the books still in contention, the one I am most keen to read is de Krester.

The winner will be revealed on 12 April 2018.