After being slammed two years ago as a "sausage fest" of male contenders, the Miles Franklin literary award today unveiled an all-female shortlist.

Romy Ash's Floundering, Annah Faulkner's The Beloved, Michelle de Kretser's Questions of Travel, Drusilla Modjeska's The Mountain and Carrie Tiffany's Mateship with Birds are now all vying for the $60,000 prize, to be announced on June 19.