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Present Tense (Clan Destine Press) wins a Neddie

It was a dead cert that a member of Sisters in Crime would win this year’s Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction announced on Wednesday 14 October – all six shortlisted authors were members of Sisters in Crime – Susan Hurley (Eight Lives); Karina Kilmore (Where the Truth Lies); Sarah Thornton (Lapse); RWR

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Sisters star in the Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

Victorian Sisters in Crime members – Kerry James (Ballarat) and Richenda Rudman (Kensington) – have won two of the major prizes in the 2020 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.   Kerry won the Fiction Prize ($500) for “True Blue” and Richenda won the Poetry Prize ($500) for “The River”. Both Kerry and Richenda

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CONGRATULATIONS! Sisters in Crime member, Dinuka McKenzie, wins Banjo Prize

HarperCollins Publishers Australia has announced that the winner of its 2020 Banjo Prize –  a publishing contract, with an advance of $15,000 – is Dinuka McKenzie for her unpublished manuscript Flood Debris. Dinuka is a Sisters in Crime member from Heathcote (NSW). Here’s what HarperCollins had to say: Flood Debris is the first novel in

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Crime, Desire and Passion – Turkish and South Korean Style. Marie Manidis reports

I am a television tragic, sadly one with a penchant for crimes that take place in other cultural milieux. So far, geographically, I am a victim of Turkish and South Korean tele novellas, each reflecting the cultural overtones of those two countries. Are the crimes there very different from those that take place closer to

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20th Davitt Awards – what The Sunday Age said

There’s a plague about and it’s making crime pay by Jason Steger, Books Editor, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. In 1852 an outbreak of typhus on the Ticonderoga as it sailed from Britain to Melbourne killed 100 people and led to the establishment of the Point Nepean quarantine station at the head of the

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Val McDermid to present 20th Davitt Awards

Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication   Sisters in Crime Australia is thrilled that Val McDermid, Tartan Noir Queen and long-time Sisters friend, will present its 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women and published in 2019. In a special online ceremony, Val will announce the

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Finding the right publisher – Kirsty Ferguson reflects

From the beginning of my writing career, I have paid close attention to all the successful women in this industry. If I wanted to improve, what should I do? Look to those who led the way. So when the opportunity arose for my writing to be put in front of London publisher Boldwood Books, I

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Crime does pay: $10,460 on offer with the 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

A record $10,460 is up for grabs in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. Cate Kennedy, whose literary career was kick-started by winning the first two Scarlet Stiletto trophies back in 1994 and 1995, launched the awards online. (Click on the image below

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Youth writing awards: $1000 up for grabs in two Sisters in Crime’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards

It could be worth killing for…  This year Sisters in Crime is offering not one but two Scarlet Stiletto Awards for short stories by young women crime writers – the long-running Best Young Writer Award ($500) for under 19s, offered for the first time by Affirm Press, and the brand-new New Writers’ Award, open to

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Women’s crime wave continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women have 124 books in their sights. According to judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, the total is three less than last year “but it’s still a hell of a lot. Even with the social isolation imposed by the pandemic, the six

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