Ned Kelly Categories

Best Fiction

This award is for the best crime novel by an Australian author, first published during the Judging Period. The broadest definition of the crime novel defines eligible books including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction.

Best First Fiction

This award is for the best debut crime novel by an Australian author first published in the Judging Period. The broadest definition of the crime novel defines eligible books that are set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction and/or action/ adventure stories/thrillers/ mysteries.

Best True Crime

This award is for any non-fiction work on a crime related theme by an Australian author as the book was first published in the Judging Period. This award encompasses, though is not limited to, non-fiction works relating to true crime, historical crime, crime-related biography, autobiography and crime-fiction guides.

Guidelines

An entry in the categories of Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, or True Crime must meet the following guidelines:

  1. The author must be an Australian by birth or citizenship; OR The author’s principal residence must be in Australia.
  2. An author’s entry, in book format or e Book format, must be submitted through the author’s publisher or directly from the author in the case of self-published submissions.
  3. Any Australian (*) publisher may enter books provided that the book is relevant to the appropriate award.
  4. 4. Eligible books must be the first edition of the said work, published  within the specified dates of the judging period – from March 1 of the preceding year until the last day of February in the award year.
  5. An entry fee of $35 applies to each individual submission
* Non-Australian publishers can enter books provided that the author meets the Australian residency / birth criteria.
 
 

Sandra Harvey Short Story Award

This was established in honour of the late writer and journalist Sandra Harvey, author and collaborator on a range of important investigative works. The award recognises the importance of the short story form in Australian crime writing.  Entries can be submitted by published and unpublished writers. These can be in the form of fiction or non-fiction.

 

Guidelines

The word for 2014 will be announced shortly. The word must appear in the title, and within the story.

  1. The author must be an Australian by birth or citizenship; OR The author’s principal residence must be in Australia.
  2. Entries are open to new and established writers.
  3. Entry fee of $15 
  4. Stories must be a maximum of 4000 words.
  5. The title of the short story must include a particular word (a signature) decided upon each year by the judges. This word and its representation must be seen in the story, and appear in the title.

A short list will be published at the start of August, and short listed writers will be notified.

An edited version of the winning entry will be published in The Sydney Morning Herald.

The winning short story will be published in Scribe's short story anthology, New Australian Stories 3.

The winner will presented with their awards at the Ned Kelly Awards ceremony as advised yearly.