Praiseworthy indeed: Alexis Wright wins Stella Prize 2024

The celebrated Waanyi author is now a two-time winner of the Stella Prize.
Alexis Wright. Praiseworthy. Stella Prize. A middle aged First Nations woman sits on couch that is covered with a striped throw. The couch is angled towards the camera and her arm lies along the top of it, holding a pair of glasses. There is a bookcase behind her and she has shoulder length brown wavy hair, a grey ish jacket over a blue shirt and a light blue and brown mottled scarf.

Alexis Wright has become the first author to win the Stella Prize twice, receiving $60,000 for her fourth novel, Praiseworthy, published by Giramondo Publishing. Wright first won the prize in 2018 for her book, Tracker.

The 2024 judges, Beejay Silcox (Chair), Eleanor Jackson, Cheryl Leavy, Bram Presser and Dr Yves Rees, were unanimous in their decisions regarding this year’s winner.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary 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 was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy