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Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Competition

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on August 29, 2012

Asimov did it, Laura K Hamilton did it (in her first Antia Blake books). What’s that?

They wrote mysteries, cross-genre mysteries.

Clan Destine Press are offering a Cross-Genre Award ($300) in the:-

19th Scarlet Stiletto Awards Crime short story competition now open


Sisters in Crime Australia’s 19th Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Australia’s only crime writing competition for women, are now open with a record $5350 up for grabs.

Note: the increases in the Harper Collins 1st prize and the Allen & Unwin’s and 2 new awards:

  • Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library’ competition $1000/$500 runner-up for the best crime story containing the words ‘body in the library’.
  • Catherine Leppert Award for ‘best environmental theme’ ($250).

Other prizes include:

Harper Collins 1st prize (now $1000) plus the coveted scarlet stiletto trophy

Kill City Bookshop 2nd prize ($400)

The Cate Kennedy 3rd prize ($350)

Allen & Unwin Young Writers’ Award (now $500) for writers 18 or under.

The Kerry Greenwood Malice Domestic Award ($500)

Clan Destine Press Cross-Genre Award ($300)

Benn’s Books: Best Investigative story ($200 voucher)

ScriptWorks Great Film Idea Award: ($200)

Pulp Fiction Bookshop: Funniest Crime Award ($150 voucher)

Thanks also to Spinifex Books

To explore what makes a winning story, you might want to readScarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut, a collection of 22 winning stories from the last four year of the competition, and the  reprint of Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut, a volume of 26 stories from the first 13 years,  published by ClanDestine Press for SheKilda 2011: Australian Women Crime Writers’ Convention, Sisters in Crime’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut was The Age’s ‘Book of the Week’ on 17 December last year. (Copies can be ordered here)

The 19th Scarlet Stiletto Awards close on August 31, 2012. Entry fee: $10. Maximum story length: 5000 word. Entry forms are available here or by writing to Sisters in Crime Australia, GPO Box 5319, Melbourne 3001

Further info: Contact Carmel Shute, National Co-convenor, Sisters in Crime Australia 0412 569 356

(Via Carmel Shute, National Co-convenor)

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