“Writers in this office used to drink,” a grizzled veteran of these corridors once said sternly to a couple of pup reporters, whom he had discovered taking turns trying on a good-looking cashmere jacket in another cubicle.
The Emerging Writers’ Festival prides itself on being inclusive to everyone in the writing community, of all ages and at all stages of their career. In this spirit, each year we run an open artist call out as an opportunity for writers to put up their hands and let us know they’d like to be involved in the festival. And it’s that time already for the 2014 festival!
And so, as the dark prophecies foretold, that when the white crow flies atop the tower of Babel, and the blood of the ancients’ boils in the Salton Sea, that there will be no room left in hell, and it will spit forth the fifteenth issue of the award-winning noir journal, Crime Factory.
The Ned Kelly Awards have been synonymous with Australia’s finest crime writing for almost twenty years and the ACWA is calling for submissions again. The categories are: BEST CRIME NOVEL, BEST TRUE CRIME and BEST DEBUT CRIME FICTION.
In the 1990s, Kill City bookstore was the place to be if you were interested in crime fiction - and sometimes crime. Its clientele included Melbourne underworld figures, who would show up to buy true crime titles and complain about their treatment in the latest release.
Candice Graham, a provisional Sydney clinical neuropsychologist, has won the HarperCollins First Prize ($1500) in Sisters in Crime Australia’s 20th Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Her short story, “The Bunyip’s Last Wish”, is set in a small town with a murdered ‘bunyip’, restless children and dangerous games of wish fulfilment.