The Ned Kelly Awards are presented in the following 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.
An entry in the categories of Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, or True Crime must meet the following guidelines:
* The author must be an Australian by birth or citizenship; OR The author’s principal residence must be in Australia.
* Publishers and authors must be members of the ACWA to be eligible. You can join here.
* Any Australian publisher may enter books provided that the book is relevant to the appropriate award.
* Non-Australian publishers can enter books provided that the author meets the Australian residency / birth criteria.
* An author’s entry, in book format or eBook (epub or mobi format only), must be submitted through the author’s publisher or directly from the author in the case of self-published submissions.
* Where available - hard copy editions must be submitted. Ebook entries are allowed when the book is ‘ebook only’.
* 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.
* An entry fee of $35 applies to each individual submission
2014 Judging is now completed and the announcement of the shortlist will be at the Bendigo Writers Festival on 9th August, with the winners being announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 6th September.
Submissions dates for the next Awards will be announced early in 2015.