HINTERLAND-BASED novelist, Steven Lang (above) is on the shortlist for the prestigious NSW Christina Stead Prize for Fiction for 2010 for his second novel 88 Lines about 44 Women.

The $40,000 prize is one of the total $310,000 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. There are six books in the Christina Stead shortlist and each of them is also eligible for the People’s Choice Award (voted only by NSW residents).

The Premier’s awards are judged by an independent panel, at arms length from the government, and all winners will be announced at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Dinner on May 17 during the 2010 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards are open to all Australian writers. Past winners include Nam Le, Peter Carey, Joan London, Ursula Dubosarsky and David Malouf.

Steven Lang’s second novel is narrated by a musician who has had a disagreement with his lover, forcing him to look back on his earlier life. Steven’s first novel, An Accidental Terrorist won two Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.