The Ned Kelly Awards 2019 Longlist Announced

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Thursday July 25: The Australian Crime Writing Association have announced the longlist for the NED KELLY AWARDS 2019. Now in its 24th year the Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious crime writing awards.

Named after the most infamous criminal in Australian history, the awards honour the best crime fiction and true crime writing in the country. Past winners have included Jon Cleary, Peter Corris, Adrian McKinty, Jane Harper, Helen Garner, Peter Temple and Michael Robotham. This year has seen the largest number of entries received in the Awards’ history. 

ACWA’s Deputy Chair, Robert Goodman said, “This year’s Long Lists for the Ned Kelly Awards is indicative of the diversity and breadth of the Australian crime-writing scene. In 2019, we’ve received the largest number of entries ever in the Award’s twenty-three year history. We’re looking forward to this year’s Neds taking place for the first time in Sydney and in conjunction with the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.” 

This year for the first time, the awards will be held in Sydney on Friday September 6 as part of the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival. The event will be held at the Harold Park Tramsheds and will be MCed by Jane Clifton. Recognised internationally, the ‘Neds’ hold a unique place in the literary awards calendar.

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