Sisters in Crime 26th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

red stilettoClosing date: 31 August 2019

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. “It’s worth killing for — at least on the page,” said Tara Mitchell, a Sisters in Crime national convenor.

The 2019 Scarlet Stiletto Awards:

  • Swinburne University Award
    1st Prize – $1500
  • Simon & Schuster Award
    2nd Prize – $1000
  • 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 ($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:

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