2023 Stella Prize, Literary prizes, News

2023 Stella Prize winner announced

Congratulations to Sarah Holland-Batt on winning this year’s Stella Prize for her poetry collection The Jaguar, which I reviewed favourably here 

She takes home $60,000 thanks to the generous support of the Wilson Foundation.

According to the chair of the judging panel, Alice Pung, the author “writes about death as tenderly as we’ve ever read about birth”,  adding:

She focuses on the pedestrian details of hospitals and aged care facilities, enabling us to see these institutions as distinct universes teeming with life and love. Her imagery is unexpected and unforgettable, and often blended with humour. This is a book that cuts through to the core of what it means to descend into frailty, old age, and death. It unflinchingly observes the complex emotions of caring for loved ones, contending with our own mortality and above all – continuing to live.

You can read the full announcement, made tonight, on the Stella Prize website.

This is the second year in a row that a poetry collection has won. Last year that honour went to Evelyn Araluen’s debut collection of prose and poetry, Dropbear.

12 thoughts on “2023 Stella Prize winner announced”

          1. I lived in Toowong for a bit, then Taringa. I was there on a scholarship in 1994/95. In 96 I moved back to my hometown in country Vic to begin my first FT job as a journalist… it was the week of the Port Arthur massacre. When people ask me where I’m from I’m never sure what to say cos I’ve lived in VIC, QLD, UK & now WA! I generally just say “grew up on east coast and worked in London for a long time” and leave it at that.


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