Sisters in Crime

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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Writers Victoria: online seminar – Ask… about the US Market (and how you can break in)

A Q&A session with three Aussie authors who have broken into the US market – come with your questions and learn from their experience in publishing outside of Australia and conquering an international audience: Anna Snoekstra Anna Snoekstra is a Sisters in Crime member based in Melbourne.  She is the author of Only Daughter, Little

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Davitt Awards shortlist for best crime & mystery books announced

Twenty-four books crime and mystery books by Australian women are battling it out for Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards – seven adult novels, three Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels and nine non-fiction books. Nine books from all categories are competing for the debut award. Judges’ wrangler, Moraig Kisler, said that the judges

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Sarah Epstein: award-winning writer, illustrator, designer & crafter

Melbourne-based writer, Sarah Epstein, dives deep with Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays’ interview on the craft of crime writing. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)   Sarah spent her childhood drawing, daydreaming and cobbling together picture books at the kitchen table. By her teens

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Mirandi Riwoe: award-winning writer, PhD and university tutor

Brisbane-based writer, Mirandi Riwoe talks about issues that novels or history might ignore or elide, such as racism and gender bias, with Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview on the craft of crime writing. (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)           Mirandi

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Wayward Women in Herstorical Crime@Geelong Regional Libraries (Zoom)

Join Geelong Regional Libraries for the first of its new Wine and Crime events – a webinar. Geelong Regional Libraries is partnering with Sisters in Crime Australia to present Wayward Women in Herstorical Crime with four panellists (pictured L-R): Tara Mitchell (Panel Chair), National Convenor of Sisters in Crime, who is currently writing her first

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In the dead of winter

What better way to chill out than to hunker down and hear chilling tales that take us from a snowstorm in the Australian Alps to the freezing Tasmanian wilderness? Authors Krissy Kneen, Lee Christine and Sarah Barrie will discuss how their crime novels make their readers’ blood run cold. Robyn Walton, Vice-President of Sisters in

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From the short story to the book: Q&A with Fin J. Ross

Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, Robyn Walton, spoke to Fin J. Ross about her experience of writing for the Scarlet Stiletto Awards and her just published historical mystery novel, Billings Better Bookstore and Brasserie (Clan Destine Press).  Fin, you’re the author of award-winning short stories, two non-fiction crime anthologies, a fantasy tale, and a historical novel,

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Loretta Smith: The Allure of Photographs

The photographer Diane Arbus once said, “A photograph is a secret about a secret”. I think that’s what has always drawn me to photographs of all kinds, in particular portraits of people and especially the old black and whites. I have languished in op shops, staring into the faces of relatives whose relatives have consigned

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