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28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards Night

Catherine McClements in collaboration with Sue Turnbull to present

November 27, 2021 @ 8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Free Find us on Facebook, for a Facebook Premiere. Available on YouTube from 10pm.

To join the awards event go to the Sisters in Crime Facebook page at 8pm on the night.


If you would like to support Sisters in Crime and the work it does for Australian women crime writers you can do so by making a $10 donation by clicking here to go to EventBrite. All donations made before 5pm on 27 November will be included in the draw for one of THREE $300 packs of crime books, kindly donated by publishers. Australian residents only.

The awards night!

Multi-award-winning actor, Catherine McClements, will present Sisters in Crime’s 28th Scarlet Stiletto Awards for best short stories in collaboration with crime fiction expert, Sue Turnbull – Facebook Première, Saturday 27 November, 8pm.

This year, 241 short stories – equal to last year’s record – have competed for a record $11,910 in prize money in the annual crime and mystery short story competition. Twenty-six stories by 23 authors are shortlisted. Every shortlisted author receives a framed certificate and 16 prizes are awarded. The first-prize winner also scores a spectacular trophy – a scarlet stiletto shoe with a steel stiletto heel plunging into a mount. (Click here for details of the shortlist.)

In a special online ceremony, Catherine McClements will announce the winners of these prestigious awards after talking to Sue Turnbull about her life in crime. On screen, at different stages, will be all the available shortlisted authors, Professor Christina Lee who will present the judges’ report, and Dr Carolyn Beasley from Swinburne University, the first prize sponsor. All participants are invited to wear scarlet – or at least a splash.

Catherine McClements is having an illustrious career in television, film, and on stage. Her crime credits include Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries Series, Wentworth, Broken Shore, Rush, Rake, and Water Rats. Catherine has won three AFI Awards, two ASTRA Awards and a Silver Logie. Her next screen role is in Pieces of Her, the Netflix American thriller, based on the eponymous 2018 novel by Karin Slaughter.

Sue Turnbull is Senior Professor of Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong. She has published extensively on crime fiction and the TV crime drama, while also reviewing crime novels for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Sue has been a judge for the Ned Kelly Awards, the Davitts and the Scarlet Stiletto Awards and is currently Chair of the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival. Sue is a life member and roving international ambassador for Sisters in Crime Australia.

The ceremony will be available for free viewing worldwide via a Sisters in Crime Facebook Premiere, Saturday 28 November at 8pm. Settle in with tasty treats and charge your glasses and mugs as we celebrate and honour these writers. Meanwhile, make sure you have liked our Facebook page to stay updated.

The ceremony will also be available via the Sisters in Crime YouTube channel from 10pm Saturday 27 November.