So I made a really long list for the purposes of Stella predictions…

This is the list I’ll be making my Stella longlist predictions from. Sorry, there’s no particular order. The list seems much shorter than last year’s, so what have I missed?


The Mother Fault Kate Mildenhall
Cherry Beach by Laura McPhee-Browne
A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu
The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham
The Octopus and I by Erin Hortle
The Spill by Imbi Neeme
Loner by Georgina Young
Where The Fruit Falls by Karen Wyld
Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe
It’s Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian
Infinite Splendours by Sofie Laguna
Jane in Love by Rachel Givney
Riptides by Kristen Alexander
The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
The Salt Madonna by Catherine Noske
Melting Moments by Anna Goldsworthy
Almost a Mirror by Kirsten Krauth
A Treacherous Country by K. M. Kruimink
The Things She Owned by Katherine Tamiko Arguile
The Morbids by Ewa Ramsey
Kokomo by Victoria Hannan
Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson
Revenge by S.L. Lim
The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay
Fauna by Donna Mazza
The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle
We Were Never Friends by Margaret Bearman
Life after Truth by Ceridwen Dovey
The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy
Our Shadows by Gail Jones
Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings
Man in Armour by Siobhan McKenna
The Silk House by Kayte Nunn
The Wreck by Meg Kenneally
Sheerwater by Leah Swann
The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton
Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater
No Small Shame by Christine Bell
The Deceptions by Suzanne Leal
The Inland Sea by Madeleine Watts
Desire Lines by Felicity Volk


Rural Dreams by Margaret Hickey
Smart Ovens for Lonely People by Elizabeth Tan
Dreams They Forgot by Emma Ashmere
Ordinary Matter by Laura Elvery
Life, Bound by Marian Matta
In the Time of Foxes by Jo Lennan


Hysteria by Katerina Bryant
A Question of Colour by Patricia Lees & Adam C Lees
A Different Kind of Seeing by Marie Younan, Jill Sanguinetti
A Repurposed Life by Ronni Kahn, Jessica Chapnik Kahn
Unseen by Jacinta Parsons
One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995 by Helen Garner
Blueberries by Ellena Savage
She I Dare Not Name by Donna Ward
The Details by Tegan Bennett Daylight
Come: A Memoir by Rita Therese
Show Me Where It Hurts by Kylie Maslen
No Matter Our Wreckage by Gemma Carey
Untethered by Hayley Katzen


Phosphorescence by Julia Baird
Living on Stolen Land by Ambelin Kwaymullina
The Carbon Club by Marian Wilkinson
Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs
Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago by Tiffany Shellam
The Killing Streets by Tanya Bretherton (true crime, historical)
Vida: A Woman for Our Time by Jacqueline Kent
Women in Boots by Marion Stell & Heather Reid
Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
The Altar Boys by Suzanne Smith
This One Wild and Precious Life by Sarah Wilson
Witness by Louise Milligan
Sad Mum Lady by Ashe Davenport
Truganini by Cassandra Pybus
After the Count by Stephanie Convery
People of the River by Grace Karskens
Only Happiness Here by Gabrielle Carey

I’ve read nine from this list, halfway through two more, and have a bunch of others in my possession. Of those I’ve read, I’m hoping that Baird, Mason and Hannon make the longlist.

Do you have any early tips?

20 responses

  1. I’ve only read The Animals in That Country and The Bass Rock, and I’m keen to get Fathoms. I can never follow this prize particularly closely because most of the books aren’t available here, but I always appreciate your coverage!

    • I have Fathoms, and will get to it after I’ve read some possibles that I have borrowed from the library (I have the library borrowing page open as the longlist is announced so that I can pounce!)

      The Animals in That Country doesn’t really appeal to me however it just won the Victorian Premiers Literary Prize (which is big bucks), so I figure it will appear on the longlist.

      Are the books delayed or simply not available? There seems to be a 6-12 month lag between being released here and then overseas.

      • Missed one! I’ve also read The Inland Sea and it was wonderful – one of my runners-up from last year. (With The Bass Rock my #1 novel overall.)

        I know that a few more are available over here: I have The Last Migration on hold at the library, and I got The Dictionary of Lost Words from NetGalley. The Grenville has been out for a while, and I recognize Laguna’s name from her previous book so she’ll probably be published here. On Twitter I’ve also seen proofs of Sorrow and Bliss heading out into the world. Often I simply presume that books from Australia or Canada won’t be available here, but then can be pleasantly surprised if I actually check 😉 I’ll wait and see what’s longlisted and then will do a proper search.

        I wasn’t keen on The Animals in That Country, but then again, dystopian stuff hardly ever lands with me.

    • Actually just remembered a non-fic book that’s not on your list and has received a lot of publicity here in WA, and that’s The Edward Street Baby Farm by Stella Budrikis. I haven’t read it myself but it’s on the wishlist!

  2. Kate, thank you so much for including my debut short story collection, ‘Life, Bound’, in your list! That’s pretty spectacular company to be in. I’ve been reading massive amounts of Stella-eligible fiction & non-fiction this year and it will be good to see who takes the top honours. The Stellas are very very important.

  3. WOW! This highlights what a rich publishing industry we have here in Australia. And these are just our wonderful women writers! Thank you, Kate. 🙂

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