Sisters in Crime announce winners of the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards

by |November 27, 2018

stilettoSisters in Crime Australia have announced the winners of the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards!

This year marks the 25th Annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards – an award established by Sisters in Crime to honour short stories written by Australian women and featuring strong female protagonists.

The $1500 First Prize was won by Philomena Horsley for her short story, Darkness in the Port.

Author and Journalist Fin J Ross was awarded the $1000 Second Prize as well as the Body in the Library award and the inaugural Forensic Linguists Award for her short story Deadly Ernestine. As well as this, Fin J Ross also won the Cross Genre Awards for Victory of Kyrnos.

Kat Clay was awarded the $500 Third Prize as well as the Kerry Greenwood Malice Domestic Award for Lady Loveday Investigates.

The Crime and Punishment Award, which grants the winner a three-month residenct at Old Melbourne Gaol worth $660, was won by Lisa Louden for Starfish under Falling Water.

Jenny Castles won the $750 Mystery with History Award for The Poe, Sandi Wallace won the $500 Romantic Suspense award for Fire on the Hill, Helen Richardson won the $200  Great Film Idea Award for The Stand-In and the $500 Young Writers’ Award went to Olivia De Lesantis for Wayward.

The winners were announced at a special event on Saturday the 24th of November at Hornbury Theatre in Melbourne.  A total of 201 short stories were submitted this year, all written by Australian Women and featuring a strong female protagonist.

The Scarlet Stiletto Awards were established as a way of supporting and unearthing new talent. The winners, from all walks of life, have been librarians, editors, teachers, union officials, journalists, public servants, psychologists, investigators, exercise instructors, mothers and retirees, even a few full-time writers!


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