23rd Scarlet Stiletto Awards Crime Short Story Competition
now open – closes 31 July 2016
(one month early)
Record $10,000 on offer
Stories must have a crime or mystery theme, a female protagonist and a female author.
Text Publishing, winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards Small Publisher of the Year 2012, 2013 and 2014, is sponsoring the $1500 first prize in this, the 23rd Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime Australia’s annual short story competition.
“For more than two decades the Scarlet Stiletto Awards have played an unparalleled role in discovering and nurturing Australian women crime writers. One of Text’s authors, Angela Savage, won 3rd prize in 1998 and in 2004 went on to win the Victorian Premier’s Award for An Unpublished Manuscript for a novel featuring the same sleuth. Text then published the book as Behind the Night Bazaar and two more in the Jayne Keeley series,” Publisher Michael Hayward said, adding that Text Publishing was honoured to support women’s literary talent of the criminal bent.
“Crime has been a staple of our publishing program from our earliest days. This year, for instance, we’re proud to be publishing the second books in crime series by Anne Buist and Sue Williams.”
National Co-convenor, Michaela Lobb, said Sisters in Crime was thrilled with this top level support.
Simon & Schuster (publishing crime writers like Ann Turner, Sara Foster and 2007 Scarlet Stiletto Award winner Aoife Clifford) will sponsor the $1000 second prize. Every Cloud Productions, producer of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, is offering a new award for the best mystery with history story ($750).
The climax of Sisters in Crime’s 25th anniversary convention, SheKilda3: One Day Crime Spree, at St Kilda Town on 19 November will be this year’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards. To mark the special occasion, a Silver Stiletto Award will be presented.
Sponsored by Kerry Greenwood, a founding member of Sisters in Crime, the Silver Stiletto will be open to previous shoe (1st prize) winners.
Five authors have won the Scarlet Stiletto Award twice – Cate Kennedy, Christina Lee, Roxxy Bent, Janis Spehr and Josephine Pennicott – so the Silver Stiletto Award is open to only 17 writers. Only Cate Kennedy has won a matching pair of stilettos.
The full list of awards includes:
- The Text Publishing Award: 1st Prize: $1500
- The Simon & Schuster Award: 2nd prize: $1000
- The Sun Bookshop Award: 3rd Prize: $500
- Allen & Unwin Award for Best Young Writer (under 18): $500
- Silver Stiletto Award: $1000
- The Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library’ Award : $1000 ($500 runner-up)
- The Every Cloud Award for Best Mystery with History Story: $750
- Kerry Greenwood Award for Best Malice Domestic Story: $750
- HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Romantic Suspense Story: $500
- Scarlet Stiletto Award for Best Environmental Crime Story: $500
- Scarlet Stiletto Award for Best Financial Crime Story: $500
- Clan Destine Press Award for Best Cross-genre Story: $400
- Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist Award: $400
- Scriptworks Award for a Great Film Idea: $200
To date, 2,926 stories have been entered with 21 Scarlet Stiletto Award winners –including category winners – going on to have novels published: Cate Kennedy, Tara Moss, Annie Hauxwell, Angela Savage, Josephine Pennicott, Ellie Marney, Sarah Evans, Inga Simpson, Alex Palmer, Liz Filleul, Margaret Bevege, Patricia Bernard, Bronwen Blake, Jo McGahey, Cheryl Jorgensen, Kylie Fox, Simmone Howell, Emilie Collyer, Sandi Wallace, Aoife Clifford and Amanda Wrangles.
Three collections of winning stories have been published by Clan Destine Press: Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut, Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut and Scarlet Stiletto Short Stories: 2013 (ebook). http://clandestinepress.com.au/
Closing date for the awards is 31 July 2015. Entry fee is $15 (Sisters in Crime members) or $20 (others). Maximum length is 5000 words.
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Click here to download entry form: Scarlet Stiletto 2016
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