ANU Gender Institute Stella Prize Internships: Gender Equality in Australian Literary Reception

Applications are now open for three Gender Institute-funded internships with the Stella Prize. These three- day internships will involve travelling to Melbourne to collaborate on the annual Stella Count, a quantitative analysis of the representation of women writers in the book pages of Australian newspapers, magazines and online publications.

The internships include: travel to, meals and accommodation in Melbourne for three nights, and lunch with the ANU, Monash and University of Melbourne project team researching gender equality in Australian literary reception, including Stella Prize Executive Director Michelle Scott Tucker. Interns will also receive training and experience in quantitative research into the relationship between gender, literature and the media and the opportunity to build networks with Melbourne writers, activists and academics in the field of women’s publishing and reviewing, and with media monitoring company Isentia.


The past decade seen a concerted attempt by feminists in the literary world to reveal and shift gender bias: in reviewing, awards and publishing. In 2010 a study by US literary women’s organization VIDA revealed a clear disparity in the representation of women and men in the reviews pages of newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement. Their now-famous pie charts revealed a dramatic imbalance, with some of the most prestigious journals publishing a very low proportion of women's writing. In Australia, repeated all-male shortlists for the Miles Franklin Award prompted the establishment of the Stella Prize, an annual award for women's fiction and non-fiction that would seem to have had a significant impact on the gendering of all of Australia's literary prizes. Since 2013, Stella has carried out an Australian Count of the representation of women in literary periodicals and newspapers. These internships provide an opportunity for three ANU students to participate in this ongoing research project into the relationship between gender, literary culture and the media in Australia.


The interns will need to be available in late March and be able to travel to Melbourne for three nights and spend at least twenty hours in training and research at the Stella and Istentia offices in central Melbourne. Whilst in Melbourne, they will work under the guidance of Melinda Harvey (Monash) and Peter Halligan and Khali Sakkas (Isentia). Upon their return to Canberra, the interns will work with Julieanne Lamond (ANU), the Gender Institute and CASS media to discuss their experiences and findings with the ANU and broader community.

How to apply

Successful applicants must be current ANU students and will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Research experience;

  • Demonstrated scholarly interest in questions of gender and its relationship to literary culture and/or

    the media; and/or

  • Engagement with creative writing, editing and/or publishing.

    Please send a current CV (maximum 2 pages) and application letter (max. one page) to by Friday, 8 March. 


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Date posted

Monday, 4 March 2019

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute