Sisters In Crime News

KYD Podcast: Past Imperfect with Sisters In Crime

Kill Your Darlings joined Sisters in Crime last month for our event Past Imperfect with three authors of celebrated the debut novels of Dervla McTiernan (The Rúin), Sarah Schmidt (See What I Have Done) and Katherine Kovacic (The Portrait of Molly Dean). Listen in as they discuss the mix of historical facts and speculation that fuelled their criminally good reads with chair Robyn Walton. This event was recorded

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Entries for the Davitts Women’s Crime Book Awards now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 18th Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women are now open. Publishers have until Friday 20 April to enter. For the first time, self-published books are eligible to enter. Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne, probably in late August or

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Dervla McTiernan, Sisters in Crime and the new golden age of crime writing

Sisters in Crime gets big coverage in Fairfax Media today (12 February). It’s all thanks to a full-page article by Linda Morris about Dervla McTiernan whose debut novel, The Ruin, is out in April. Dervla credits being shortlisted in the 2015 Scarlet Stiletto Awards with giving her enough confidence to go through five drafts of

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Sydney writer Rowena Harding-Smith takes out Sisters in Crime’s 24th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award

Sydney writer Rowena Harding-Smith (Annandale, NSW) took out the 24th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award presented on Saturday night (18 November) at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology by actor Sigrid Thornton (below). A hundred crime fans braved the tempest to attend the ceremony. Harding-Smith was awarded The Bonnier Publishing First Prize ($1500) for “Locked In,

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Body in the Library winning Scarlet Stiletto Stories

For the past six years, the Body in the Library Award offered by the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has been one of the most popular categories in Sisters in Crime’s annual Scarlet Stiletto short story competition. The winner takes home $1000 in prize money with $500 going to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the number

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The quality of mercy: Portia interviews Ruth Wykes on the Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Portia, the annual journal and report of Victorian Women Lawyers, published an interview late last year with Ruth Wykes, winner of the 2016 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, for her story “Stone Cold”. The story also won the ScriptWorks Great Film Idea Award. Ruth is also co-author of two true crime collections: Women Who Kill, written with

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Another big year for Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime held its 2017 Annual General meeting on 27 October. Four convenors did not stand again: Ann Byrne, Robyn Byrne, Sandra Nicholson, and Janice Simpson. The following members were elected as National Convenors: Lindy Cameron (President), Robyn Walton (Vice-President), Carmel Shute (Secretary), Carmel Boyce (Treasurer – photo featured), Caz Brown, Moraig Kisler, Michaela

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How to avoid the Second Novel Syndrome

On 27 October at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun, authors Emma Viskic, Anna Snoekstra and J. M. Green had fun discussing how to triumph over the second novel with Maggie Baron. Here’s a summary of their advice Emma Viskic, author of the multi-award winning Resurrection Bay and, in August, And Fire Came Down (both Bonnier Publishing)

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Best holiday crime reads

Sisters in Crime asked authors and convenors which two books they’d recommend for holiday reading. Here’s what they said: ANN BYRNE (Sisters in Crime Life Member) The Long Drop – Denise Mina (Penguin Books Australia – 2017) : The Long Drop is Denise Mina’s first foray into true crime. It is the story of Peter

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Ann Byrne awarded a Sisters in Crime Lifetime Membership

Retiring Sisters in Crime convenor, Ann Byrne, was presented with a a Lifetime Membership at Sisters in Crime’s AGM on 27 October. Secretary Carmel Shute awarded the Lifetime Membership yo Ann along with a framed ‘book cover’ designed by fellow convenor, Caz Brown. Carmel said: “This means Ann’s notched up 10 year service as a

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