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June 2017

Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing – closes 21 September

June 17 @ 8:00 am - September 21 @ 5:00 pm
$5 - $10

From deep inside legendary bushranger territory... The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is a national award for unpublished short-form crime writing. All genres of crime writing are eligible, from hard-boiled to comic, paranormal to rural, noir to cosy. Entries welcome from anywhere in Australia and in 2017 we are accepting digital files! The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction For a story up to 2,500 words First Prize: $500 sponsored by The School of Arts, University of…

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August 2017

Open invitation: Launch of Award Winning Australian Writing 2017

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Free

You are warmly invited to attend an evening of literature and light refreshments in Melbourne's historical Athenaeum Library to enjoy readings by AWAW's writers and buy a copy of this year's anthology. This collection features over fifty writers and awards, including the winners of the Elizabeth Jolly Short Story Prize, The Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize, The Dorothea Mackellar awards and several Overland prizes, and contains a foreword by multi-award-winning author, Margo Lanagan. The collection includes Ruth Wykes's story, “Stone Cold”…

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September 2017

2017 Ned Kelly Awards Night

September 1 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
The Toff in Town, 252 Swanston St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Join us for a criminally good evening of storytelling, prizes and laughter at the annual Ned Kelly Awards. Hosted by Jane Clifton, the Ned Kelly Awards celebrates Australia’s finest crime writing with awards for the best Crime Fiction, First Crime Fiction, True Crime and the S.D Harvey Short Story Award. The night will also feature some of our finest writers and colourful local identities telling stories about their life in crime. Doors and bar open 6pm for pre-event drinks. Some…

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Historical Novels Society of Australasia – 2017 Melbourne Conference

September 8 @ 8:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm

This celebration of the historical fiction genre will showcase over 60 speakers discussing inspiration, writing craft, research, publishing pathways and personal histories. Featured speakers include  Sisters in Crime members Kerry Greenwood,  Sophie Masson, and Sulari Gentill,  plus  'brother-in-law' Robert Gott, Kate Forsyth,  Deborah Challinor, Juliet Marillier, Arnold Zable,  Anne Gracie and Lucy Treloar. Opening night reception on Friday 8 September includes a round table discussing the conference theme ‘Identity: Origins and Diaspora.’ In addition to the two stream weekend program, there…

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October 2017

Bouchercon 2017 – Passport to Murder (Toronto 12-15 October)

October 12 - October 15

Bouchercon is the annual world mystery convention in North America where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a 4-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! Guests of Honour | Bouchercon 2017 Guests of Honour Canadian Guest of Honour: Louise Penny Louise Penny didn’t begin her writing career until her mid-forties, when she set to work on her first crime novel, Still Life. Set in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the series features…

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