Former student Lucy Treloar was awarded the Barbara Jefferis Award for her novel Wolfe Island.
The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered for the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society.
In 2020, the Award prize pool is valued at $55,000, with $50,000 for the winner and $5,000 to be shared among the short-listed authors, making this one of the most generous literary awards in Australia.
The 2020 judging panel consisted of Chair, Dr. Robyn Sheahan-Bright, Dr Jeremy Fisher OAM, and Barbara Horgan.
The 2020 shortlist also included:
- The White Girl by Tony Birch
- Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
- There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett
- The Yield by Tara June Winch.