Announcing the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards Short List

Some of Australia’s best crime fiction authors, hottest new talent and a diverse range of true crime authors have been shortlisted in this year’s Ned Kelly Awards.

The Australian Crime Writers Association today announced the shortlists for the 21st Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Fiction. The Ned Kelly Awards celebrate the best in Australian crime fiction and true crime. The shortlists have been drawn from over seventy five entries across three award categories.

The shortlist for the Best Debut Crime has four outstanding entries from writers who are already being widely recognised for their contribution to the genre:

  • Wimmera by Mark Brandi
  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
  • The Girl in Kellers Way by Megan Goldin
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

“The judges commented on the ability of these authors to create a tense, close and claustrophobic atmosphere,” Judging Coordinator Robert Goodman said.

“Their works shine a spotlight on small communities and how small events can have catastrophic consequences.”

The Best True Crime shortlist is a mix of academic, adventure, historic and courtroom stories:

  • The Contractor by Mark Abernethy
  • Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney by Graham Archer 
  • The Suitcase Baby by Tanya Bretherton 
  • The Fatalist by Campbell McConachie 
  • Whiteley on Trial by Gabriella Coslovich

“The judges were impressed by the breadth and variety of criminal subject matter of this year’s entries,” the Judging Coordinator said.

Six exceptional crime novels made it onto the shortlist of the the Best Crime Fiction Award. The list includes multiple Ned Kelly Award winners Garry Disher and Candice Fox as well as newcomers to the shortlist like Iain Ryan. The shortlist includes:

  • Marlborough Man by Alan Carter
  • Under Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher
  • Redemption Point by Candice Fox
  • Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill
  • The Lone Child by Anna George
  • The Student by Iain Ryan

“The judges felt that this shortlist represents both the strength and diversity of the Australian crime fiction scene.”

The winners will be announced during the Melbourne Writers Festival. The awards ceremony will be held at 5pm on the 26th of August 2018 at the Toff in Town, Swanston Street, Melbourne. The ceremony will feature a number of special guest storytellers from the true crime and fictional world and recognition of a crime writing great with a Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Ned Kelly Awards 2018 Shortlists

Best Crime

  • Marlborough Man by Alan Carter
  • Under Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher
  • Redemption Point by Candice Fox
  • Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill
  • The Lone Child by Anna George
  • The Student by Iain Ryan

Best First Crime

  • Wimmera by Mark Brandi
  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
  • The Girl in Kellers Way by Megan Goldin
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Best True Crime

  • The Contractor by Mark Abernethy
  • Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney by Graham Archer 
  • The Suitcase Baby by Tanya Bretherton 
  • The Fatalist by Campbell McConachie 
  • Whiteley on Trial by Gabriella Coslovich



 

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