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September 2019

Wayward Women exhibition to 30 June 2020: Old Treasury Building, Melbourne

September 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - June 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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This exhibition presents ten stories about individual women’s lives in the past.  All of the women could be described as ‘wayward’.  Either intentionally, or through force of circumstance, they transgressed society’s rules in some way. Some prospered, but others paid dearly for their actions. The women and girls featured in this exhibition all lived in Victoria in the decade from 1894-1904. It was a time of great privation for many people, with the economy in deep depression and unemployment high.…

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April 2020

$2600 in prize money – St Kilda Historical Society Short Story Competition

April 26 @ 8:00 am - August 7 @ 8:00 am

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the St Kilda Historical Society is holding a short story competition. You may write on any theme, in any genre and in any time period, providing that the story is inspired by or set in St Kilda.  There are two categories - open and junior. Open Section The winner of the Open section will be awarded $1000. The second placed entrant of the Open section will receive $500. The third placed entrant of the Open…

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May 2020

A new $30,000 literary prize for historical fiction

May 1 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

With prize money of $30,000, the new ARA Historical Novel Prize gives Australian and New Zealand historical novelists the chance to be recognised in a class of their own, with the most significant prize purse for any genre-based prize in Australasia. The ARA Historical Novel Prize has been made possible by the generosity of its principal partner, ARA Group, which has ensured the success of its last two biennial conferences with their continuing support. They’re also delighted to involve regional…

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Open: 2020 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

May 4 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
$5 – $10

The New England Writers’ Centre is proud to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing. In this, the eighth year of the Prize, there are six awards on offer for crime writers. All genres of crime writing are eligible, from hard-boiled to comic, paranormal to rural, historical to contemporary, noir to cosy. Entries welcome from anywhere in Australia, from published or unpublished writers. In 2020 we are ONLY accepting digital submissions.…

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 S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award now open

May 22 @ 8:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Kennedy Foundation is delighted to announce it will host the 111h S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award in conjunction with the second Kennedy Lecture dinner in September 2020. Sandra Harvey was an outstanding print journalist and television producer as well as author and co-author of five true crime books. With long-time collaborator Lindsay Simpson she won the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. The S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award recognizes excellence in this genre…

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June 2020

MOOC The Clinical Autopsy: Learning to Understand the Language of the Dead

June 8 @ 8:00 am - July 12 @ 5:00 pm

MOOC The Clinical Autopsy: Learning to Understand the Language of the Dead  is being offered from the University of Oviedo/Central University Hospital of Asturias (Spain). This is a unique course, running from 8 June to 12 July, with more than 150 minutes of real-life autopsies that aims to celebrate everything we can learn from death and dead bodies. It is obviously free, runs for 5 weeks and the University of Oviedo will certify 50 hours of study. It is in English.…

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Susan Hurley@Willy Lit Festival

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sisters in Crime member, Susan Hurley, will be appearing on the Willy Lit Fest 2020 Vision online program. Susan Hurley, author of the scientific thriller, Eight Lives, will be talking with Festival Director Stella Kinsella about her long career in medical research, her understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and her insight into the race to cure COVID-19. Eight Lives is long-listed for Sisters in Crime's 2020 Davitt Awards.  7-8pm Thursday 11 June. The session will run for 60 minutes on Zoom, including Q&A.…

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Quick Crime with Sulari Gentill

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50 – $65

Fewer words doesn't necessarily mean it's easier! Short story writing is an art, turning your story into a perfect little morsel is harder than you might think. Then trying to add in an element of crime, a pinch of suspense and a touch of misdirection and you've quite likely gone over your word limit. Never fear! Award-winning author (and Sisters in Crime member), Sulari Gentill (of Rowland Sinclair fame) has been engaged by the New England Writers' Centre to teach…

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Writing NSW: Online: Crime Writing with Marianne Delacourt

June 22 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
$395 – $660

Join award-winning author Marianne Delacourt for this six-week online crime writing course starting on 22 June, to discover the basics of crime writing. Learn how to craft a charismatic protagonist, how to research real-life details and, importantly, where your book can fit in the market. 22 June to 31 July 2020, online Marianne Delacourt Marianne Delacourt is the crime-writing pseudonym of speculative fiction author, Marianne de Pierres. The first book in her Tara Sharp crime series, Sharp Shooter, won the Australian Sister’s in Crime…

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