Judges


Maddison Connaughton
Editor, The Saturday Paper

Maddison Connaughton is editor of The Saturday Paper. She has been nominated twice for the Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year, for her reporting on the Syrian War and the Australian criminal justice system. Her work has appeared in VICE News, SBS, Monocle, Vox, The Australian, The Age and more.

Suzanne Santos
Chief Customer Officer, Aesop

Suzanne Santos began her role at Aesop in 1987 and has been actively involved in critical aspects of the company’s development, in international as well as Australian markets. Suzanne travels the world as an ambassador for Aesop, overseeing its introduction into new markets, working with and tutoring representative agents in Aesop products and standards, and visiting stores to work with both clients and consultants.

Professor Marcia Langton AM

Professor Marcia Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer. Since 2000 she has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and in 2012 gave the Boyer lectures titled ‘The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom’.

Nam Le

Nam Le’s first book, The Boat, was translated into 14 languages and received more than a dozen major awards in Australia, America and Europe, including the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. The Boat was selected as the best debut of the year by New York Magazine, and a book of the year by more than 30 venues around the world. Its stories are widely anthologised, adapted and taught. Nam's second book, On David Malouf, was published in May 2019.

Anna Krien

Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. Anna’s writing has been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue. In 2014 she won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and 2018 she received a Sidney Myer Fellowship. Her debut novel Act of Grace is out October 2019.