It’s International Women’s Day today and to celebrate, The Stella Prize has announced its 2018 Shortlist.
The Stella Prize winner for 2018 will be announced on the evening of Thursday April 12.
And in other prize listing news, the Australian Book Industry Awards has announced their 2018 longlist.
It’s interesting to see Force of Nature by Jane Harper in the running for General Fiction Book of the Year. I wonder if she will follow up last year’s win with The Dry by taking the prize for the second instalment in this series. Could be a pattern of things to come! While I loved Force of Nature, it has some stiff competition in this category, most notably The Dark Lake and The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club – two favourites of mine from last year.
Other categories I’m interested in is Literary Fiction Book of the Year, with The Choke and See What I Have Done firm favourites of mine. The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, with again, See What I Have Done and The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club standing out for me. Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year, with Atlantic Black my standout choice. International Book of the Year is definitely Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine for me.
You can view the full longlist over at the ABIA website. I’ve only included the categories I’m most interested in here. Stay tuned for the shortlist which is released on Thursday April 19.