26th 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.

The Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival is a brand-new biennial celebration of crime fiction, to be held between 31 October and 5 November in Tasmania’s Huon Valley.

Other changes to this year’s awards include:

  • Wild Dingo Press has partnered with The Sun Bookshop to support 3rd Prize.
  • Elephant Tree Publishing is sponsoring the Youth Award for writers under 19.
  • HQ Fiction is now sponsoring the Best Romantic Suspense Award.

The 2019 Scarlet Stiletto Awards:

  • Swinburne University Award
    1st Prize – $1500
  • Simon & Schuster Award
    2nd Prize – $100
  • 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 – value $660
    (three-month studio residency at the Old Melbourne Gaol)
  • 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

Closing date for the awards is 31 August 2019. Entry fee is $25 or $20 for Sisters in Crime members. Maximum length is 5000 words. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Melbourne in late November.

To download an entry form and a list of FAQs or to pay the entry fee, go to:

To pay the entry fee via Eventbrite go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scarlet-stiletto-competition-entry-2019-tickets-63381984221

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