The 2017 Stella prize for Australian women writers was won by Heather Rose for her novel, The Museum of Modern Love, which is based on the artwork of Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramović.
“It’s by far the biggest thing that’s ever happened in my career,” Rose responded to her win.
Winning the $50,000 prize, which was established in 2013 to support and celebrate Australian women’s writing, was “extraordinary” but also came with responsibility, said Rose.
“I have had the great luxury of labouring in relative obscurity for a long time, and that has allowed me to explore my strange novels with a great deal of freedom” added Rose.
All writers shortlisted for this year’s Stella prize received $3,000 and a three-week writing retreat at Point Addis in Victoria. Emily Maguire (An Isolated Incident), Catherine de Saint Phalle (Poum and Alexandre) and Maxine Beneba Clarke (The Hate Race), alongside two posthumous accolades for Georgia Blain (Between a Wolf and a Dog) and Cory Taylor (Dying: A Memoir) were shortlisted for the prize.