The S.D. Harvey Short Story Award is an annual competition organised by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA). It is part of the prestigious Ned Kelly Awards, celebrating the very best in Australian crime writing.
From 2015, KYD is partnering with the ACWA to publish the winner of the S.D. Harvey Short Story Award in its spring edition, as well as award a cash prize of $1000.
The award is named after the late writer, journalist and producer Sandra Harvey, who along with her partner in crime writing, Lindsay Simpson, blazed a trail not only for investigative, true crime writing in Australia, but also for women writers in the industry.
The S.D. Harvey Short Story Award closes 15 June 2015.
Meet the judges
Sue Turnbull is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong. She is a frequent media commentator and is crime fiction reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald. Sue is also a past judge of the Age Book of the Year award and Victorian Premier’s Literary awards. Since 1992 she has been a co-convenor of Sisters in Crime, Australia, which promotes women’s crime writing in Australia.
Dr Lindsay Simpson’s has written five books in the true crime genre. Three were co-authored with the late writer and producer Sandra Harvey, with whom she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Crime Writers Association in 2007. Lindsay was Coordinator and founder of the Master of Arts (Writing) and the Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism at James Cook University and founder of the Journalism & Media Studies program and postgraduate writing program at University of Tasmania. Her most recent book Where is Daniel? is about the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe. She now writes full-time and runs five-day life writing retreats www.writinglife.com.au.
Hop Dac is Deputy Editor at Kill Your Darlings journal. He has worked variously in independent publishing, independent theatre and the visual arts. Besides his work with KYD, he also edits for recalcitrant Adelaide outfit Paroxysm Press.