A record 127 books are in contention for Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Davitt Awards for best crime and mystery books by Australian women. This figure tips last year’s record by 16. An astonishing 73 adult crime novels have been entered. More than a third – 48 books in total – are debut offerings.
The Davitts are named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, which was published in 1865.
The Davitts are sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology, and cost publishers nothing to enter. The awards are handsome carved polished wooded trophies featuring the front cover of the winning novel under perspex. No prize money is attached.
The judging panel for 2019 comprises YA expert and author Dr Kelly Gardiner, forensic specialist Debbie Stephen and Sisters in Crime national co-convenors Moraig Kisler and Pauline Meaney and former convenors, librarian Jacqui Horwood and public servant Michaela Lobb.
Voting for Readers’ Choice Award by Sisters in Crime members will open on 10 June.
A short list will be announced in early July.
The longlist, which includes a number of Western Australian authors, can be found on the Sisters in Crime website.