A longlist has been released for the A$50,000 (about US$39,090) Stella Prize, which recognizes and celebrates Australian women writers' contribution to literature. The judges said the list "reflects the sheer volume of high-quality books that are being published in Australia. What a cornucopia of literary riches! As judges we were impressed with the strength of submissions from so many fine writers. The value of the book as artifact was evident in the attention publishers and designers invest to make books attractive to read and to hold in our hands. Noticeable was the caliber of books from small publishers as is reflected in our longlist." The shortlist will be announced in March and a winner named in April. View the Stella Prize longlist here.