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.