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01/07/2015 - 3:44pm

Hooray! Sisters in Crime Australia has finally moved to online memberships courtesy of Eventbrite.

No need to download or locate a membership form and go to the bother of posting it. Now joining Sisters in Crime is just a few clicks away.

Click here and follow the prompts.

Some of the advantages of joining Sisters in Crime Australia membership include:

  • Becoming a member of an organisation that promotes and celebrates women crime writers, offers a forum for debate and is seriously committed to fun
  • A membership card that offers 10% discount at selected bookshops
  • Discounted prices for Scarlet Stiletto winning short story collections, Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut & Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut
  • A vote in the Davitt Awards for the best crime book of the year
  • Emailed updates of forthcoming events, competitions, news and much more
  • The opportunity to become involved by volunteering with Sisters in Crime Australia

Membership fees are modest.

Victorian membership:A$40/$30 (conc) pa

Non-Victorian membership:A$30/$20 (conc) pa

Overseas subscribers & libraries:A$35 pa

If you have any queries regarding this new process or about becoming a member, please contact Michaela Lobb

24/05/2015 - 7:18pm

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.

Info: https://killyourdarlings.submittable.com/submit/38196


14/05/2015 - 6:20pm

Hooray! London women crime writers are finally getting organised – 24 years after their Australian counterparts and nearly 30 after Sara Paretsky formed Sisters in Crime at the Bouchercon in the US in 1986 (not “Sara Paratsky in 1987” , as reported in The Independent  on 13 May 2015).

Click here to catch up with the report, “Killer Women festival: The female crime novelists transforming how the publishing industry works”.

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14/05/2015 - 5:59pm

Ahead ofShe Kilda 2011 - the Australian Women Crime Writers’ Convention organised by Sisters in Crime –  the Wheeler Centre welcomed some of Australia’s leading crime writers. This criminally good panel discussed why there’s such an appetite for women’s crime writing. Honey Brown, Lindy Cameron, Kerry Greenwood and Angela Savage – four writers at different stages of their careers – explored all manner of topics criminally unladylike.

The Wheeler Centre posted a podcast of this event on 11 May 2015. Click here to watch:

The podcast of part of a crime feature:

Andrew Nette, Pulp and Circumstance

Crime Fiction & Social Harmony in China

Above the law

Good Conversation, Great Wine, Shane Maloney 


03/05/2015 - 4:00pm

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.

Prizes include:

  • £500 Poetry winner
  • £500 Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015. Entry is £15 plus VAT (approximately A$ 28.97).

To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting