Posted by: Lisa Hill | March 30, 2023

2023 Stella Prize winner and shortlist

Update 27/4/23

And the winner of the 2023 Stella Prize is:

The Jaguar by Sarah Holland-Batt (University of Queensland Press), poetry, see Kate’s review at Books are My Favourite and Best. 

The 2023 Stella Prize shortlist:

  • We Come With This Place by Debra Dank (Echo Publishing), memoir
  • big beautiful female theory by Eloise Grills (Affirm Press), essays
  • The Jaguar by Sarah Holland-Batt (University of Queensland Press), poetry
  • Hydra by Adriane Howell (Transit Lounge), see my review
  • Indelible City by Louisa Lim (Text Publishing), memoir
  • Bad Art Mother by Edwina Preston (Wakefield Press), see my review

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!

Thanks to Terri King from Pitch Projects for sharing the news.


  1. I have not (yet) read any of these.


    • Well, only the two novels for me, but then, the Stella crosses genres so it’s not unexpected. Every year, I wonder how they choose between them.

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  2. Greetings Lisa & Readers,
    Today, I received a few emails about the Stellar Prize shortlist. I’m not familiar with five of the six titles listed. I came across the poetry collection, The Jacquar, while navigating the University of Queensland Press’ website. I’m interested in learning more about the book, We Come With This Place by Dr. Debra Dank. In some online sources, I’ve read that Dr. Dank’s book doesn’t neatly fit into fixed literary genres. Since this book is a culmination of stories based on her childhold, ancestors, and the land she grew up on, I think it aligns with the life story genre.

    The following is a listing of print sources, audio interviews, and podcast episodes with which Dr. Dank discusses her background and book:
    3KND Kool N Deadly episode: “Debra Dank Promotes New Book ‘We Come With This Place'”

    The Guardian Book Review: “We Come With This Place by Debra Dank review – a jewel to rival Australia’s great desert memoirs”
    The Good Girl Confessional Podcast Episode #81 Debra Dank PhD | Gudanji/Wakaja Educator and Author – We Come With This Place
    RN Episode: “We Come With This Place by Debra Dank”

    I look forward to getting everyone’s insights on the shortlist. Happy reading!!!!

    Sonia, U.S.A.


    • Thanks, Sonia, that’s very useful info, thanks for sharing!


  3. We Come With This Place is the book I will try to prioritise from this list to read before the winner is announced, but given my befuddled sinustitus mind atm, who knows *insert shrug!


    • Sonia has certainly provided some compelling links to explore!


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