2021
Submissions open

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. 

The judging panel

Jane McCredie

Senior Judge

Jane McCredie is an award-winning journalist, writer and reviewer who has been widely published in Australia and internationally. A former book publisher, she is the CEO of Writing NSW and the founder and director of the Quantum Words Festival of writing about science. She is the author of Making Girls and Boys: Inside the science of sex and was coeditor of the 2013 anthology of The Best Australian Science Writing.

Jane is a graduate of the Australia Council’s arts leaders program and has previously chaired both the Christina Stead and Douglas Stewart panels of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie Bishop

Chair

Stephanie Bishop is an award-winning novelist. Her most recent novel, Man Out of Time was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and longlisted for the Stella Prize. Her second novel, The Other Side of the World won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award for Literary Fiction Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and longlisted for the Stella Prize.

Her writing has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Monthly and The Guardian, among other publications. She has received Fellowships to Yaddo and Oxford University, where she was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Life Writing. She is currently a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales.

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.

Angelo Loukakis

Angelo Loukakis

Angelo Loukakis has worked as a writer, teacher, editor and publisher, and was Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors 2010–16. Angelo’s fiction titles include For the Patriarch, Vernacular Dreams, Messenger, The Memory of Tides, and Houdini’s Flight.

His non-fiction works include a book for children, The Greeks, and the book of the SBS television series, Who Do You Think You Are? His collection of short stories, For the Patriarch, was winner of a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. He is presently at work on another novel.

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.

Past winners and shortlists

2020

Cover image of the book The Yield.
Penguin Random House
Winner
Cover image of the book Exploded View.
Text Publishing
Shortlisted
Cover image of the book The Electric Hotel.
Allen & Unwin
Shortlisted
Cover image of the book Wolfe Island.
Picador Australia
Shortlisted
Cover image of the book The Palace of Angels.
Wild Dingo Press
Shortlisted
Cover image of the book The White Girl.
University of Queensland Press
Shortlisted

2019

Photo of the life to come book cover
Winner
Border Districts Book Cover
Shortlisted
The Everlasting Sunday Book Cover
Shortlisted
Man Out of Time cover
Shortlisted
cover image of the shepherd's hut
Shortlisted
Boy Swallows Universe cover
Shortlisted