Evelyn Araluen wins the tenth annual Stella Prize

A debut poetry collection takes home the top award for writing by Australian women and gender diverse people.
A First Nations woman (Evelyn Araluen) in a white suit.

First Nations poet Evelyn Araluen is the winner of the 2022 Stella Prize with her debut collection, Dropbear. The announcement marks a decade since the inaugural Stella Prize was awarded for excellence in Australian women’s and non-binary writing.

Araluen’s win is all the more potent because this is the first year that poetry has been eligible for submission in the Stella Award.

The 2022 Stella Prize judges: Melissa Lucashenko, Declan Fry, Cate  Kennedy, Sisonke Msimang, and Oliver Reeson described Dropbear as: 

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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