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24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia is appealing to members and supporters to donate towards its 24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards Short-Story Competition.

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“Back in 1994, Sisters in Crime believed the Scarlet Stiletto would be a dagger with a difference – and so it has proved,” says national co-convener Michaela Lobb. “To date, 3084 stories have been entered with 22 Scarlet Stiletto Award winners – including category winners – going on to have novels published.”

These include Cate Kennedy, Annie Hauxwell, Tara Moss, Angela Savage, Josephine Pennicott, Ellie Marney, Sara Evans, Inga Simpson, Alex Palmer, Liz Filleul, Margaret Bevege, Patricia Bernard, Bronwen Blake, Jo McGahey, Cheryl Jorgensen, Kylie Fox, Simmone Howell, Sandi Wallace, Amanda Wrangles, Emilie Collyer, Aoife Clifford and Anna Snoekstra.

Amazingly, five women have won the First Prize (and the Scarlet Stiletto trophy) twice.

Eight collections of winning stories have been published by Clan Destine Press.

This year there are 13 different prizes in contention including first, second and third prizes and Award for Best Young Writer, Best ‘Body in the Library’ Story, Best Mystery with History Story, Best Malice Domestic Story, Best Romantic Suspense Story, Best Financial Crime Story, Best Cross-genre Story, Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist and Best Story for a Great Film Idea.

Become a partner in crime and give emerging women writers the support they need and the recognition they deserve. Donations go towards the cost of running the event, and the Youth Award which lacked a sponsor this year.

The $8100 already donated by sponsors goes directly to the prize winners.


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Celebrating Women’s Crime Writing Since September 1991.

The aim is to celebrate women’s crime writing on the page and screen and bring a collective critical eye to the field. To share our collective passion for women’s crime writing.

To bring together women crime writers, screen-writers, producers, booksellers, publishers, lawyers, judges, police, forensic specialists, librarians, academics, and critics but in the main, readers and viewers.

To discuss and analyse books, film and television shows, law and justice issues, new trends and critical issues of the crime genre.

To explore the contemporary issues at the heart of much crime fiction as well as dissecting its rich history.

To promote the professional development of women crime writers, especially emerging writers.

To provide opportunities for networking between writers, publishers and producers and between writers and their readers and viewers.

To have fun – and lots of it.

We have strong membership with chapters in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane Events are open to members of the public.

In Melbourne, Sisters in Crime hosts a busy yearly calendar of events including interview panels, debates and book launches. Sisters in Crime has no paid staff – just keen volunteers. .


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