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The Scarlet Stiletto Awards

A record $10,060 is up for grabs in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short crime and mystery stories by Australian women.

Submit a story with a maximum length of 5000 words. Entries must have a female main character (hero or anti-hero) and a crime/mystery theme.

The 2019 Scarlet Stiletto Awards categories are as follows:

  • Swinburne University Award (1st Prize – $1500)
  • Simon & Schuster Award (2nd Prize – $1000)
  • The Sun Bookshop/Wild Dingo Press Award (3rd Prize – $500)
  • Elephant Tree Publishing Award (for Best Young Writer (under 19) – $500)
  • Melbourne Athenaeum Library Award (for Best ‘Body in the Library’ Story – $1000; $500 runner-up)
  • International Association of Forensic Linguists Award (for Best Forensic Linguistics Story – $800)
  • Every Cloud Productions Award (for Best Mystery with History Story – $750)
  • Kerry Greenwood Award (for Best Malice Domestic Story – $750)
  • Writers Victoria Crime and Punishment Award (for the Story with the Most Satisfying Retribution – three-month studio residency at the Old Melbourne Gaol, valued at $660)
  • HQ Fiction Award (for Best Romantic Suspense Story – $500)
  • Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival Award (for Best Bushranger Story – $500)
  • Clan Destine Press Award (for Best Cross-genre Story – $500)
  • Liz Navratil Award (Queensland Chapter of Sisters in Crime) (for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Award – $400)
  • ScriptWorks Award (for a Great Film Idea – $200)

Entry fee: $25 / $20 Sisters in Crime members.

Closing date: Saturday 31 August 2019.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in  Melbourne in late November.

For more information, including terms and conditions of entry, please visit the Sisters in Crime website.

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