This is the 10th year of the prize, which is open to Australian women and non-binary writers. All genres, including fiction and non-fiction, are eligible, but this is the first year that poetry has been included.
There are four poetry collections on the longlist, as well as two short-story collections, two non-fiction books, an essay, a graphic novel and two novels.
Interestingly, out of the 12 books longlisted, seven are debuts and five are by First Nation writers.
This is what is on the list:
- Coming of Age in the War on Terror by Randa Abdel-Fattah (non-fiction, NewSouth Books)
- Take Care by Eunice Andrada (poetry, Giramondo Publishing)
- Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen (poetry, University of Queensland Press)
- She Is Haunted by Paige Clark (short stories, Allen & Unwin)
- No Document by Anwen Crawford (essay, Giramondo Publishing)
- Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down (novel. Text Publishing)
- Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss (novel, Simon & Schuster)
- Stone Fruit by Lee Lai (graphic novel, Fantagraphics)
- Permafrost by SJ Norman (short stories, University of Queensland Press)
- Homecoming by Elfie Shiosaki (poetry, Magabala Books)
- The Open by Lucy Van (poetry, Cordite Books)
- Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego (non-fiction, University of Queensland Press)
I haven’t read anything on the list, which isn’t surprising seeing as my focus is generally on literary fiction and there’s only two novels on this list. I will wait until the shortlist is announced on 31 March before deciding whether to read the entire shortlist as I have occasionally done in other years.
The $50,000 prize will be announced on Thursday 28 April.