A Body in the Library Boosts the Scarlet Stilettos
The 'Body in the Library' Prize
boosts the 19th annual Scarlet Stiletto
Crime & Mystery Awards
Melbourne’s famous Athenaeum Library is offering a new prize category
for the Scarlet Stiletto Awards.
The Athenaeum prize of $1000 – and a $500 runner-up prize – will be awarded to the best short story
which includes the words: 'body in the library'.
The new award gives a serious financial boost to what was already Australia’s most lucrative crime writing competition
for either gender.
HarperCollins Australia has also increased the overall First Prize – which accompanies the coveted Scarlet Stiletto
shoe trophy – to $1000.
And another new category addition – the $250 Catherine Leppert Award for ‘Best Environmental Theme’ – means
there's a record $5350 is up for grabs for this year.
National Co-Convenor Phyllis King said that Sisters in Crime was delighted to have the Athenaeum Library on board.
“The Body in the Library category takes its inspiration, of course, from the famous 1942 novel of the same name by
Agatha Christie. In her foreword, Christie described ‘the body in the library’ as a cliché of detective fiction. And then
proceeded to parody it,” Phyllis said.
“It’s great news for aspiring women crime writers from all over Australia that the Athenaeum Library’s generous
support now gives them opportunity to have fun with this staple of ‘cosy’ crime fiction.”
The Athenaeum Library is also hosting a Body in the Library event with Melbourne crime writers Kerry Greenwood
and Carolyn Morwood. Click the link for more info.
And follow this link to all the details about the awards, the prize cateogries and the downloadable entry form.