2022
Winners announced

Winner and Shortlist

2022
Dark as Last Night
University of Queensland Press
Winner
2022
Kindness of Birds
Spinifex Press
Shortlisted
2022
The Shut Ins
Allen & Unwin
Shortlisted
2022
The Dogs
Upswell Publishing
Shortlisted
2022
Pushing back
Transit Lounge
Shortlisted
2022
The Performance
Hachette Australia
Shortlisted

Highly commended

2022
book cover of love objects
Allen & Unwin
Highly commended
2022
The Other Half of You
Hachette Australia
Highly commended
2022
Believe in Me
University of Queensland Press
Highly commended

The Judging Panel

Beth Yahp

Beth Yahp

Chair

Beth Yahp’s fiction and creative non-fiction include: The Red Pearl and Other Stories (Vagabond Press, 2017); a memoir Eat First, Talk Later (Gerakbudaya, 2018; Penguin Random House, 2015), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Award for Literature (Non-Fiction); and a novel The Crocodile Fury (Vagabond Press, 2017; Angus & Robertson, 1992) which was translated into several languages.

Beth wrote the libretto for composer Liza Lim’s opera Moon Spirit Feasting, which won the APRA Award for Best Classical Composition in 2003. Her current projects include a collection of creative non-fiction articles on women, politics and the arts in Malaysia and a series of Small Pleasures set in Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. She lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney.

Nicole Abadee

Nicole Abadee

Nicole Abadee is a books writer, podcaster and festival moderator. She reviews regularly for Good Weekend and Australian Book Review, and appears as a moderator at writers’ festivals, includng Sydney Writers’ Festival, Byron Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers’ Festival and Adelaide Writers’ Week. She also has a literary podcast, Books, Books, Books, in which she interviews top Australian and international writers including Kate Grenville and Lionel Shriver about their latest books.

Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen is the author of five previous novels, a children’s book and, most recently, the short story collection When I Saw the Animal (UQP).

Bernard’s 2013 novel The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies was the inaugural winner of the Russell Prize for Humour Writing. He has also won the Australian Vogel Literary Award, an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award and is the only writer to appear three times on the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists list.

In 2006, Bernard founded The Writing Workshop www.writingworkshop.com.au. Since then, he has taught creative writing to about 100,000 young people.

He lives in Sydney.

About the Prize

  • The Christina Stead Prize ($40,000) is offered for a book of fiction.
  • The award may be made for a novel or a collection of stories.
  • A collection of stories may contain some previously published work. In such a case the judges will determine whether the new work is sufficient, in quantity and quality, to merit an award. It is the nominator’s responsibility to clearly identify previously published material.
  • Works of creative non-fiction, including fictionalised memoirs, are eligible for consideration under this category, but not under the Douglas Stewart Prize. Works of multiple authorship, including anthologies, are not eligible for nomination. 

Past winners and shortlists

2021
A Room Made of Leaves
Text Publishing
Winner
2020
Cover image of the book The Yield.
Penguin Random House
Winner
2019
Photo of the life to come book cover
Allen & Unwin
Winner
2018
Text Publishing
Winner
2017
Front cover of The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (Allen & Unwin)
Allen & Unwin
Winner

About Christina Stead

The award commemorates Christina Ellen Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist and short story writer. Stead was born in Rockdale, New South Wales. She published fifteen novels beginning with The Salzburg Tales and Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934). Her most well-known novel The Man Who Loved Children (1940) was based on her childhood in Sydney. Stead lived most of her life overseas, in Europe and the US, but retained a strong sense of national identity, reviewing Australian novels for the New York Times Book Review and keeping up with news from Australia through family correspondence. Her work, including several volumes of short stories, is acclaimed for her satirical wit. Stead’s literary popularity in Australia increased significantly after her return in 1974. The same year she received the inaugural Patrick White Literary Award to recognise her lifetime achievement.