Last year, a new literary award was announced – an Australian award for female writers. There has been a ton of discussion on the position of female writers in the world, and whether a prize for women only is warranted. If you want to read more about this, do some internet searching. My position is yes, for a whole bunch of reasons, I’m not going to go into it here because I don’t want to. What I want to do is say yay for writing, yay for writing by Australians, yay for writing by Australian females. Here are the winners and short-listed books for the last two years, the most recent only announced on Tuesday.
The winner for 2014 was The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright.
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
The winner for 2013 was Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson
Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy
Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser
The Burial by Courtney Collins