2022 Stella shortlist celebrates diversity of form

A graphic novel and two books of poetry are among the six titles shortlisted for this year's Stella Prize.

The Stella Prize, worth $50,000 and awarded to Australian women and non-binary writers, has just announced their shortlist for 2022. Of the six books in contention, half of them are debut titles.

Alongside more traditional forms, a graphic novel and a couple of poetry books have also made the cut – for the first time since its inception ten years ago, the Stella Prize permitted poetry in 2022.

The judges, Melissa Lucashenko (Chair), Declan Fry, Cate Kennedy, Sisonke Msimang and Oliver Reeson have selected an eclectic list from over 220 entries. Of the finalists, there is a novel, a non-fiction, a social history, a graphic novel, a long form book-length essay and poetry collections in the mix.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press. Her next collection, Decadence, will be published in July 2022. Twitter: @thuy_on