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Final Round of Voting now up - let's get in there and support our wonderful local crime writers!
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.
Does anybody have contact details for William Leonard Marshall (author of the Yellowstreet novels set in Hong Kong) and W. Glenn Duncan (author of the Rafferty novels set in Texas).
Booktopia's books of the year posting, including Australian Crime Writers.
Amazon has announced its bestselling books of the year, with Dan Brown's Inferno topping off the list.
The announcement of a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been made.
Fiona Hardy talks Crime Book Covers over at Readings
From The Rap Sheet - funny / sad / funny / groan
Interesting article in the Spectator from P.D. James "Remembering the gentlemanly world of Lord Peter Wimsey and Albert Campion"
The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers has been announced
Thanks to everybody who participated in our Membership Competitions - we are now really happy to announce the winners.
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.
Your chance to check out the competition entries and vote for your favourites.
Just received - for any of our Crime Writer members who have an interest in Ned Kelly... but more direct from Caroline below!
The Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago is looking for writers of crime fiction to participate in an online anonymous survey looking at their attitude toward the forensic science they include in their novels and the potential effects of it.
For the entire month of November we are running a membership drive with lots of great competitions. Sign up and enter and you’re in the running for exciting prizes that include:
Andrew Nette writes a thought-provoking piece... "I’ve been thinking a lot about the media’s treatment of Read’s death. "
Goodreads: Where readers and authors battle it out in an online “Lord of the Flies” - Goodreads' utopian dream just collided with the reality of social media and gatekeeper-free self-publishing from
In August, as part of the BYRON BAY WRITERS FESTIVAL the ACWA will be releasing our first publication IF I TELL YOU, I'LL HAVE TO KILL YOU, published by Allen & Unwin. Crime fiction is the single most popular genre in international publishing and Australia has some of the finest practitioners when it comes to walking the mean streets and nailing the bad guys.