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Perth-raised author Carrie Tiffany is among an historic all-female shortlist in the running for the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary prize.

Melbourne-based Tiffany, a former park ranger who grew up in the Perth Hills, has been included for her novel Mateship With Birds, which two weeks ago won the inaugural $50,000 Stella Prize for Australian women's literature.

The Stella Prize was established partly as a response to the male dominance of Miles Franklin short lists in 2009 and 2011

The other contenders for the $60,000 Miles Franklin are Michelle de Kretser for Questions of Travel and debut novelists Romy Ash (Floundering), Annah Faulkner (The Beloved) and Drusilla Modjeska (The Mountain).

Tiffany spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in the Northern Territory and now lives in Melbourne, where she works as an agricultural journalist.

Her debut 2005 novel, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, won the Dobbie Award for Best First Book and the 2006 WA Premier's Award for Fiction.

Mateship with Birds is her second novel.

Australia's oldest literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award was established with proceeds from the estate of My Brilliant Career author, Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin.

The 2013 winner will be announced on June 19 in Canberra. Each of the five shortlisted authors will also receive $5000 in prize money.

Judging panel spokesman Richard Neville, from the State Library of New South Wales, said all five shortlisted novels were at a surface level all about family.

"But more deeply these books write about the intersection of people's lives with national, indeed international, stories and ideas," he said.

"Each approaches their subject from very different perspectives, but all deliver complex, engrossing narratives which persist long after the books are closed."

The West Australian

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