The New England Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce the results of the 2015 New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.
The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is a national award for unpublished short-form crime writing.
In its third year in 2015, the Prize attracted a strong field of entries from all over Australia, by writers both published and unpublished. Fiction was once again particularly well-represented, with the winners of not only Fiction but the Emerging Author and the New England Award coming from that category this year, and the Youth Award also going to a young fiction writer who not only won that category but also received a highly commended for another story.
Sisters in Crime member, Sophie Masson, has helped organise the awards and is interviewing the winners on her blog: http://firebirdfeathers.com/
Poetry: Sponsored by the New England Writers’ Centre and the Armidale Dumaresq Library
Winner: P.S. Cottier (ACT), for Criminals who are no longer criminals
Highly Commended: Jaz Stutley (Vic) for The Waterhole Note: Sisters in Crime member
Highly Commended: Roger Vickery(NSW) for Lower Court 1D, Downing Centre
Fiction: Sponsored by the School of Arts, University of New England
Winner: Susan Bennett, (VIC)for Bittersweet
Highly Commended: Sarah Evans,(WA) for Sharpshooter Note: Sisters in Crime member
Highly Commended: Tony Sevil, (NSW)for The Disappearance of Buck
Highly Commended: Lynne Cook,(NSW) for Change of Plan
Commended: Sarah Evans, (WA) for Composting Gladys Note: Sisters in Crime member
Commended: Maris Morton,(NSW) for The Passionate Gardener Note: Sisters in Crime member
Non-Fiction: Sponsored by The Armidale Express
Winner: Joshua Nash (NSW) for A Nameless Island
No commendeds or highly commendeds awarded in this category.
New England Award: Sponsored by Reader’s Companion Bookshop, Armidale
Winner: Tony Sevil for The Disappearance of Buck (fiction)
Emerging Author Award: sponsored by Friends of Tamworth Libraries
Winner: Lynne Cook (NSW) for Change of Plan (fiction)
Youth Award: Sponsored by Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard, Armidale
Winner: Madeleine Gome (VIC) for Scrap Metal (fiction) Note: daughter of Sisters in Crime member, Emma Viskic
Highly commended: Megan Galbraith (NSW) for The Butcher (poetry)
Highly commended: Madeleine Gome (VIC) for Lucky I’ve Got Lilian (fiction) Note: daughter of Sisters in Crime member, Emma Viskic
Highly commended: Bradley Lucas (NSW) for Robbed (fiction)