Sisters in Crime

Literature & Publishing

The 17th Davitt Awards

Become a partner in crime and give Australian women crime writers the recognition they so richly deserve. 99 crime books are in contention for the Davitt Awards in August 2017.

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For the past 26 years, Sisters in Crime Australia, the pre-eminent crime writing organisation for women writers, has unceasingly promoted women writers, offered forums for critical discussion, facilitated publishing arrangements between members and a range of publishers and film makers, and – most of all – celebrated creativity.

The award was named in honour of Ellen Davitt (1812–79), who wrote Australia’s first full-length mystery novel, Force and Fraud in 1865.

This year, 99 books are competing for the six categories of the Davitts, a testimony (in part) to Sisters in Crime’s efforts to nationally support and promote women crime writers.

The Davitts Awards ceremony offers great opportunities for networking with authors coming from all over Australia, even when their books are not in contention or they know they have not won. Readers greatly enjoy being able to meet their favourite authors and get them to sign their books.

The winning books are promoted by Sisters in Crime and receive considerable media attention. Publishers promote the results and often produce stickers to go on the winning books.

Authors find winning a Davitt Award a huge boost to their morale and quickly add the news to their websites and Facebook pages. The recognition boosts their careers and makes them more likely to continue to get published and to get invited to speak at events and festivals.

The trophies are handsome carved polished wooded trophies featuring the front cover of the winning novel under perspex.

Donations will cover the costs of fares and accommodation for the presenter and the winning authors plus a small fee for the compere and the costs of six trophies and engraved plaques, the dinner program and promotion.

The Davitts Awards ceremony has a warm and supportive atmosphere and is great fun.
No one dies…

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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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Swinburne

VIC
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Fleurieu Consult

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Ricci Swart

VIC
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Annie Hauxwell

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Carmel Bird

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Lynette Willoughby

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Communication and arts and Hecate Press, The University of Queensland

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Judith Rodriguez

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M.T. Ellis

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Annette Blonski

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Jan Rodgers

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Leslie Falkiner-Rose

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