Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2017
Crime Short Story Competition

Closing date: 31 August 2017.

Heels dig in: Crime & Mystery Competition turns 24.

Bonnier Publishing Australia, home to Five Mile and Echo imprints, is now the proud sponsor of the $1500 first prize in the 24th Scarlet Stiletto Awards, Sisters in Crime Australia’s annual short story competition.

Publishing director Kay Scarlett said it was not just the similarity in names that had spurred her and Bonnier Publishing Australia to become a partner in crime.

“For decades, Sisters in Crime has worked tirelessly to elevate the visibility of women’s crime writing in Australia, and been instrumental in fostering talent within the crime writing community. Its consistent programming of events and festivals over the years has cultivated a platform for women to gather, share their writing and ideas, and for friendships and support networks to form,” Scarlett said.

Stories must have a crime or mystery theme with a female hero or anti-hero. Maximum length is 5000 words.


As well as receiving the Bonnier Publishing 1st Prize of $1500, the overall winner will be presented with the coveted trophy, a scarlet stiletto with its steel heel plunging into a perspex mount.

The awards are amongst the richest short story competitions in Australia. A total of $8600 is on offer in prize money this year. The full list of awards includes:

Closing date for the awards is 31 August 2017. Entry fee is $15 (Sisters in Crime members) or $20 (others).

To download an entry form, pay the entry fee and read the FAQs, go to:

Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2016 trophy winner, Ruth Wykes with presenter Nicole da Silva, a star of Wentworth.


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