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Donor’s $1m gift turns page for women’s literature prize

December 03rd, 2021

The Stella Prize, a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing, has received a significant boost with a $1 million donation from long-time patron Paula Mclean.

Paula, who is a former Deputy Chair of Stella, made the donation to the Stella Forever Fund.

The Stella Prize said: “McLean’s extraordinary gift comes with a matching challenge and call to action to others who are passionate about gender equity, literature and the transformative power of philanthropy.

Stella is aiming to raise $3 million for the Stella Forever Fund by the award’s 10th anniversary next April.

Paula said: “Leaving a legacy that amplifies and celebrates the stories of women in all its diversity – stories that offer a more complete national narrative – will be an enduring gift to Australian women writers and new generations of readers.’’

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