The 2013 Ned Kelly Award Winners Are…

This year’s Ned Kelly Awards have been handed out this evening at a ceremony held as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. Thanks to the #neddies13 twitter stream I can report that, In order of announcement, the winners are

TheMidnightPromiseBest First Fiction

Zane Lovitt – THE MIDNIGHT PROMISE winner

Other shortlisted titles

ThePeopleSmugglerBest True Crime

Robin De Crespigny – THE PEOPLE SMUGGLER winner

Other shortlisted titles

S.D. Harvey Short Story Award

Roger Vickery for Echoes From The Dolphin winner

Blackwattle Creek - McGeachin,15489fBest Fiction

Geoffrey McGeachin – BLACKWATTLE CREEK winner

Other shortlisted titles

Fair Dinkum Crime congratulates all the winners and shortlisted authors.

For comments from the judges visit the Australian Crime Writers Association website

The 2013 Davitt Award Winners Are

While your humble correspondent was temporarily occupied with non-bookish pursuits over the past few days the winners of this year’s Davitt Awards for crime writing by women were announced at a glittering event held as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. The awards are given by Sisters in Crime Australia and this year’s winners are:

Best Adult Novel


Best Debut Novel


Best Children’s/Young Adult novel


Best True Crime


Reader’s Choice


Somewhat appallingly I discover I haven’t read a single on of these winners, though I have linked above to Kerrie’s review of the Kerry Greenwood novel.

Kerry Greenwood was also the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about the awards ceremony head to the Sisters in Crime website and for the judging panel reports for each category and the acceptance speech transcripts you can read this eight-page document.

Congratulations to all the winners.

2013 Davitt Awards Shortlist

Bookseller+Publisher reports that the shortlists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime Australia for the best crime writing by women, have been announced. In each category the shortlisted titles are:

Adult fiction (links are to reviews here at Fair Dinkum)
Cold Grave (Kathryn Fox, Pan)
Paving the New Road (Sulari Gentill, Pantera Press)
Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute (Maggie Groff, Pan)
Walking Shadows (Narrelle M Harris, Clan Destine Press)
Silent Fear (Katherine Howell, Pan)
Silent Valley (Malla Nunn, Macmillan)
Sisters of Mercy (Caroline Overington, Bantam)
The Poet’s Cottage (Josephine Pennicott, Macmillan)

The Children of the King (Sonya Hartnett, Viking)
Moonlight and Ashes (Sophie Masson, Random House)
Truly Tan (Jen Storer, ABC Books)
The Tunnels of Tarcoola (Jennifer Walsh, A&U)

True crime
The Waterlow Killings (Pamela Burton, Victory)
Missing You (Justine Ford, Five Mile Press).

The winners of these awards plus a Reader’s Choice category and the first ever Lifetime Achievement award will be announced in Melbourne on 31 August at a ceremony hosted by New Zealand crime author Vanda Symon.

2013 Ned Kelly Shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Ned Kelly Awards for excellence in Australian crime writing were announced by the Australian Crime Writers Association at the recent Byron Bay Writers Festival. The winners in each category will be announced during the Brisbane Writers Festival on 7 September 

The following links are to the reviews created on Fair Dinkum Crime except where noted. You’ve got a month to get reading so you can compare your thoughts with the judges’.

Best First Fiction

Best Fiction

The links below take you to various reviews because we’re just not into true crime here at Fair Dinkum

True Crime

Davitt Awards 2013: record 61 books on longlist

The Sisters in Crime Australia have a record 61 Books in contention for the 13th Davitt Awards (2013) for the best crime books by Australian women.

Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on 31 August by leading New Zealand crime writer, Vanda Symon, at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne: Best Novel (Adult); Best Novel (Children’s and Young Adult); Best True Crime Book; Best Debut Book (any category); Readers’ Choice (as voted by the 600 members of Sisters in Crime Australia).

See more details and the longlist here.

Ned Kelly Awards: Longlists 2013

The 2013 Ned Kelly Awards longlists are now available at the newly created Australian Crime Writers Association website.

See the guidelines for the awards here.

Check the longlists for Best Fiction, First Fiction, and True Crime here.

The short list will be announced as part of the Byron Bay Writers Festival on the 2nd August.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Night that will be part of the Brisbane Writers Festival.

The 2012 Davitt Award Winners Are…

The Davitt Awards are sponsored by Sisters in Crime Australia and are named in honour of Ellen Davitt (1812-1879) who wrote Australia’s first mystery novel, FORCE AND FRAUD in 1865. Awards are given annually to crime writing by women in several categories:

This year’s winners were announced at a gala dinner tonight (1 September) in Melbourne,

The first award of the night was for Best True Crime and it went to journalist and author Liz Porter for COLD CASE FILES in which old cases from Australia, the UK and the US are re-opened in the light of new forensic techniques.

Next came the award for Best Young Fiction book which was apparently fiercely contested. Ursula Dubosarsky’s THE GOLDEN DAY was highly commended by the judges but the winner of this category was Meg McKinlay for SURFACE TENSION

The next award was for Best Adult Novel. Carolyn Morwood’s DEATH AND THE SPANISH LADY was highly commended by judges but the award went to Sulari Gentill for A DECLINE IN PROPHETS. As this particular book was also on my list of five most impressive Australian crime novels for last year I can heartily concur with the judges’ decision on this occasion. It is historical crime fiction set in 1930’s Australia (and beyond) and it is a delight to read, combining thoughtfully drawn characters, a wonderful sense of time and place and a ripper of a story.

The new category for this year of Best Debut Novel went to Jaye Ford for her novel BEYOND FEAR. Ford is yet another journalist-turned-crime-writer and penned a book with loads of strong female characters and snappy pace which I liked a lot.

The final award of the night was the Reader’s Choice Award. All the books in all the other categories are eligible for this award and all members of Sisters in Crime Australia are able to vote for it (and apparently 550 of us did). This year the award was shared by Jaye Ford’s BEYOND FEAR and Y.A. Erskine’s THE BROTHERHOOD!. Both great books and THE BROTHERHOOD was another of my five most impressive Aussie crime novels of last year.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the writers of all the eligible books. Even from my limited reading of the books in these categories I can attest to the fact that Australian women’s crime writing is in great form.

Information in this post was provided by Vim & Zest Communications and the ever-helpful twitterverse, especially @angsavage to whom I offer a particular thanks for the vicarious thrills provided via #davittawards

Ned Kelly Awards 2012: The Winners Are…

We’re a bit late with the announcement this year but have finally caught up with the news (thanks twitter) of the winners of this year’s Ned Kelly Awards which were handed out at a ceremony at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival yesterday. As neither of your Fair Dinkum correspondents has read any of the winning books there’s not a lot else to do but provide the names of the winners (in red).


Publisher’s blurb for PIG BOY 

On Damon Styles’s eighteenth birthday, he is expelled from school. But it’s what happens afterwards that changes everything.

Now Damon must come up with a plan. It’s the only way he can think straight. First, get his firearms licence. Then, see if the Pigman will give him a job – pig hunting will teach Damon what he needs to know. And he’d better get a lock for his wardrobe so his mother won’t find what he’s hiding.

Damon’s taking matters into his own hands – but so is the town of Strathven.

A confronting, powerful story for young adults in the vein of J.C. Burke’s CBCA award-winner The Story of Tom Brennan.


  • Claire Corbett, WHEN WE HAVE WINGS
  • Peter Twohig, THE CARTOGRAPHER

Publisher’s blurb for THE CARTOGRAPHER

Melbourne, 1959. An 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder as he spies through the window of a strange house. God, whom he no longer counts as a friend, obviously has a pretty screwed-up sense of humour: just one year before, the boy had looked on helplessly as his twin brother, Tom, suffered a violent death.

Now, having been seen by the angry murderer, he is a kid on the run. With only a shady grandfather, a professional standover man and an incongruous local couple as adult mentors, he takes refuge in the dark drains and grimy tunnels beneath the city, transforming himself into a series of superheroes and creating a rather unreliable map to plot out places where he is unlikely to cross paths with the bogeyman.

A bold, captivating and outrageously funny novel about a boy who refuses to give in and the numerous shifty, dodgy and downright malicious bastards he has to contend with on his grand adventure of loss and discovery, THE CARTOGRAPHER is an astounding, fresh and unforgettably poignant novel you′d be a mug to miss!


  • Eamonn Duff, SINS OF THE FATHER
  • Michael Duffy, CALL ME CRUEL
  • Liz Porter, COLD CASE FILE

Publisher’s blurb for SINS OF THE FATHER

A reckless father, his dark past, an Adelaide drug trafficker and the Gold Coast beauty school dropout who kept her mouth shut. This is the explosive untold story of Schapelle Corby and how she took the rap for her father’s drug syndicate.

The result of a three year investigation, Sins of the Father returns to the beginning of Australia’s most famous drug case, to a time when nobody had ever heard the name Schapelle Corby. Finally, the missing pieces of the jigsaw fall into place as we are led, step by step, through the important weeks, days and hours leading up to her dramatic arrest.

Shedding new light on her long-held claims of innocence, this is the book Schapelle’s army of supporters do not want you to read.

Twitter didn’t seem to know who’d won the short story award but it did remind me that long-time Australian crime writer Gabrielle Lord was recognised at last night’s ceremony with a lifetime achievement award. Lord’s first standalone crime novel was 1980’s FORTRESS (which I featured in a post at my other blog a couple of years ago) and she has since written many other standalone novels as well as two short crime series. Most recently she released a series of 12 thrillers for young adults called Conspiracy 365. A new book was released each month of 2010. Gabrielle Lord is due to release a new crime novel for adults, DEATH BY BEAUTY, next month.

Congratulations to all the winners.

The 2012 Davitt Awards – Shortlist

Bookseller & Publisher reports today that the shortlists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime Australia for crime books written by Australian women, have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in the Adult fiction category are:

Adult fiction

Having read only half of the shortlisted novels I’m probably not qualified to pass comment on which of these should win the award but of those I have read I would vote for Sulari Gentill’s A DECLINE IN PROPHETS but I will try to read the remaining titles before the awards are announce on 1 September.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors.

Short Story Prizes A-Plenty

If you’re an Australian woman you have until the end of this month to enter Sisters in Crime Australia‘s Crime & Mystery Short Story Competition. In its 19th year there are two new award categories including a total of $1500 worth of prizes being sponsored by Melbourne’s famous Athenaeum Library for the best short story containing the words “body in the library”! The complete list of categories is

  • HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS 1st Prize: $1000 (plus the coveted Scarlet Stiletto trophy)
  • KILL CITY 2nd Prize: $400
  • THE CATE KENNEDY 3rd Prize: $350
  • ALLEN & UNWIN Young Writer’s Award: $500
  • ATHENAEUM LIBRARY Body in the Library Award: $1000, Runner-up: $500
  • THE KERRY GREENWOOD, Malice Domestic Award: $500
  • THE CLAN DESTINE PRESS, Cross-genre Award: $300
  • THE CATHERINE LEPPERT, Best Environmental Theme Award: $250
  • BENN’S BOOKS Best Investigative Story Award: $200 voucher
  • SCRIPTWORKS Great Film Idea Award: $200
  • PULP FICTION Funniest Crime Award: $150 voucher

Unlike other English-language markets Australia does not have a strong tradition of short story writing so it is terrific to see this competition still going strong and gaining new sponsors. For the writers among you here is the entry form which you must submit, along with your story, by 31 August 2012. For the readers you might like to check out the two collections of previous winners and entrants to the competition.