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January 2021

2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

January 29 @ 8:00 am - May 3 @ 11:30 pm
$15 – $25

Open to original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Entries close: Midnight, 3 May 2021 First prize: $AU6,000 Second prize: $AU4,000 Third prize: $AU2,500 Judges: Gregory Day, Melinda Harvey, and Elizabeth Tan (read more) AU$15 for current ABR subscribers and full-time students or AU$25 for non-subscribers Click HERE to enter. Please read the ...

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February 2021

2021 Ned Kelly Awards Now Open for Submissions

February 1 @ 8:00 am - March 31 @ 5:00 pm

It's that time of year again! The Australian Crime Writers Association is thrilled to announce that the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing are now open for submissions. Entries close March 31, 2021 This year, the categories are Best Crime Fiction, Best Debut Crime Fiction, Best International Crime Fiction and Best True Crime. Full ...

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March 2021

U3A Talk: Carmel Shute – A Life in Crime

March 20 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events (mostly in Port Phillip), nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from a fellow convenor, Tara Mitchell. Carmel Shute helped found Sisters in Crime Australia in 1991 and has been a ...

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The Banjo Prize 2021 – entries open

March 31 @ 8:00 am - May 28 @ 5:00 pm

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to announce that entries  open for the 2021 Banjo Prize on Wednesday 31 March. HarperCollins launched The Banjo Prize in 2018 in a quest to find Australia’s next great storyteller. The inaugural winner was Tim Slee, whose delightful debut novel Taking Tom Murray Home was published by HarperCollins in July 2019.  ...

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April 2021

Call for Entries: The $10,000 Text Prize!

April 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is an annual $10,000 prize awarded to an outstanding unpublished manuscript. Since its inception in 2008, the Text Prize has become one of the most renowned prizes for young adult and children’s writing in Australia and New Zealand. This year, Text is also introducing the Steph ...

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2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction now open

April 16 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Now in its ninth year, the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is accepting entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme HOMECOMING. The competition is open to all women and non-binary writers and will be judged by Adalya Nash Hussein, Vivian Pham, and Nicola Redhouse. The winner of ...

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May 2021

Sisters in Crime at Clunes Booktown Weekend: Crime takes to the backroads – Interrogating Rural Noir

May 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Crime does not just walk the mean streets of our cities. These days it is stalking the dusty backroads of the Australian bush. Authors Katherine Kovacic , Sandi Wallace and Lyn Yeowart discuss with Maggie Baron how and why the country is such an ideal scene of the crime – and the many insights that ...

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Breathless Prose – Queenscliffe Literary Festival

May 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Queenscliff Town Hall, 50 Learmonth St
Queenscliff, Victoria 3225 Australia
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Catch multiple Davitt winner (and Sisters in Crime stalwart) Emma Viskic and Josh Pomare in conversation with Jock Serong on Saturday May 15, 11am-12pm,  at Queenscliffe Literary Festival (regional Victoria) in a session called Breathless Prose about why Melbourne suits the crime genre so well. $25. Book HERE.  

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June 2021

Rural Crime Writing Festival!

June 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
$30 – $45

The New England Writers' Centre is proud to be hosting the very first of its kind, Rural Crime Writing Festival! Finishes off with a panel discussion with Emma Viskic, J P Pomare, Yumna Kassab, Benjamin Stevenson, Maryrose Cuskelly, and Dan Box, moderated by Carmel Shute from Sisters in Crime. Zoomed on Saturday 12 June. Tickets ...

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September 2021

BAD Sydney Crime Writers September International Event

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - September 29 @ 7:00 pm

Join the BAD Sydney Crime Writers September International Festival at 6 pm on Wednesdays in September for its short and very sweet festival with four of the best international women crime writers. Paula Hawkins, speaking to Suzanne Leal (8 September); Val McDermid, speaking to Sue Turnbull (15 September); Karin Slaughter, speaking to Andy Muir (22 September); and Ann Cleeves, speaking ...

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