Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Postponed: The past is never dead: Kingston Libraries mystery and mayhem month

Postponed due to Covid. Hauntingly, events of the past can often infiltrate the here-and-now with fatal consequences. Kingston Libraries and Sisters in Crime present newly-minted Melbourne crime novelists Amy Suiter Clarke, Suzanne Frankham and Ruth McIver as they talk to award-winning author Leigh Redhead about such events that refuse to stay dead and buried.  

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Closing 31 August: 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards with a record $11,910 in prize money

Sisters in Crime’s 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories is offering record $11,910 is in prizes this year. “Authors need to get cracking,” said Carmel Shute, secretary of Sisters in Crime. “Entries close on 31 August – and it’s worth firing up the laptop (or sharpening the pencil). “Nearly $12,00o

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BOOKED OUT: Body in the Library: readings and 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards launch

Rescheduled due to Covid restrictions: This year, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards offer $11,910 in prize money for the best crime or mystery short stories. Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award, offering a $1250 prize to the winner and $750 to the runner-up. This partnership has seen the

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Criminal tendencies: Carmel Shute speaks to Sisters in Crime Qld Chapter

For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events, nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from Christina Lee, a Brisbane member of Sisters in Crime and winner of two Scarlet Stiletto Award trophies. Carmel Shute

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Carmel Shute & Lucy Sussex talk crime at Alex Cafe

Crime is in the spotlight in the latest episode of Alex Cafe , a fortnightly series that deals with the business of creative writing. The half-hour show is shot at St Kilda’s Alex Theatre, a bit further up the street from Leo’s where Sisters in Crime met for 16 years (in the backroom, just past

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New rules apply! Sisters in Crime’s Annual General Meeting – Carmel Shute (secretary) reports

Sisters in Crime held its much delayed Annual General Meeting yesterday (30 May) by Zoom. Thanks to the pandemic, it has been a long year since its last AGM – 19 months, in fact – but financial members rallied to the call for a big turnout (a quorum of 10%) to pass the new rules

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Launch of the 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards – with a body or three in the library

Sisters in Crime Australia is joining forces with its long-time supporter, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, to launch its 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women. A record $11,910 is up for grabs this year. The Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the ‘Body in the Library’ Award since 2012,

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Readings Zoom event: Robin Gregory in conversation with Philomena Horsley

Readings is delighted to be hosting a conversation between crime author, Robin Gregory, and award-winning short story writer Philomena Horsley, about Robin’s debut novel, Traffic. Sandi Kent, Melbourne Private Investigator, has her hopes for an easy December dashed when two complicated cases crash into her lap, one from her volatile ex-girlfriend. As Sandi juggles the

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U3APP Talk: Carmel Shute – A Life in Crime

For thirty years this September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events, nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute told tall tales and true under a grilling from a fellow convenor, Tara Mitchell, via Zoom on 20 March, to U3A Port Phillip. Catch up on our YouTube channel.

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Readings event launch: Suzanne Frankham’s Shadow Over Edmund Street

Readings  is delighted to announce that Lucy Sussex will be in conversation with Suzanne Frankham to celebrate the launch of Suzanne’s debut novel, Shadow Over Edmund Street (Journey to Words Publishing). Set in Auckland, Shadow Over Edmund Street is a thriller mystery that will keep you on your toes. Edwina’s death is brutal, with a silent

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