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.
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.
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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.