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.