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Thunderbolt Prize results From deep inside legendary bushranger territory All genres of crime writing are eligible, from hard-boiled to comic, paranormal to rural, noir to cosy. Entries came from everywhere in Australia and, for the first time, we accepted digital files.
Rootsby Sarah Fallon Vic An unsettling story that effectively uses the mundane event of a sewerage blockage to create australian crime writing awards won.
Narrative detail is sparse, but evocatively used, letting the reader fill in the gaps of the story with their own imagination. An amusing and well-structured story about two wannabe cattle rustlers.
Superficial Thugsby Daniel Spicer NSW The distinctive narrative voice is well-maintained through this story about a shoplifter and his mate Commended: An entertaining story about the machinations within a local council. Written with a light touch and an innovative structure.
The Bell, by Tara East Qld Some lovely use of language and good characterisation lifts this story about two young girls coming to terms with the death of their grandmother.
Good characterisation and attention to backstory. Good use of tone and a consistent structure.
To enter you must reside in Australia or be an Australian living overseas Submissions are sought for collections of short prose up to 30, words. The writing may take the form of fiction or creative non-fiction. The collection may be comprised of short stories, micro-fiction or novella. of work which has previously won or been a. Australian writer Michael Robotham beats stiff competition to win the prestigious Gold Dagger crime writing award for his novel Life or Death. Six Davitt Awards are presented annually: Best Adult Crime Novel; Best Young Adult Crime Novel; Best Children’s Crime Novel; Best Non-fiction Book; Best Debut Book (any category); and Readers’ Choice (as voted by the members of Sisters in Crime Australia).
I enjoyed reading the crime fiction entries, and was particularly pleased to see a number of writers experimenting with structure and style. Entries ranged from humorous yarns, to dark paranormal tales. Although there were a number of straightforward murder mysteries, the majority of stories centred around the motivation and consequences of the crime itself, which made for interesting reading.
I awarded marks for structure, characterisation, use of language, and originality.
Many stories scored highly in one or more of these areas, but were weaker in others. The most common problems were structural, with a number of works either lacking narrative drive, or having too much backstory too early in the piece.
Overall, it was exciting to read so many different approaches and styles, and I strongly encourage all the entrants to keep writing! Also Highly Commended, Fiction category. Michelle and Roy Wheatley Winner: Historic true crime which skilfully captured the voice of the period in tone and grammar.
The writer successfully developed the characters quickly, the language is descriptive yet succinct and the story is easy to follow. It was engaging from start to finish; the author wove a tale that certainly proves that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Congratulations to the other entrants.
Some of the anecdotes and commentary in the other entries certainly made us laugh. Keep up your efforts honing your writing skills, we appreciate the time you have put into your submissions. The quality of writing by all the entrants was excellent. The content of the entries was varied and all were entertaining and creative.
Some made me laugh, others brought tears to my eyes. The four entries that stood out chose unexpected crime scenes, powerful imagery and characters who teetered on that very fine line that separates good from bad until they each, in their own unique way, fell.
The entries admirably conveyed fear, terror, and the occasional remorse of killers. The overall quality was good: I would recommend though that participants proof read, and work on formatting, especially in the case of flash-back stories, which require visual breaks for readers to absorb shifts and turns.RESURRECTION BAY won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers' Choice.
It was iBooks Australia's Crime Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger and . The Gold Dagger is a prestigious award, given to the best crime novel of the year. Jane is the third Australian author to win.
The CWA Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in , less . The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.
The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards include two further awards: the Unpublished Manuscript Award and the biennial Award for Indigenous Writing. The Unpublished Manuscript Award was won by Melanie Cheng for Australia Day, while Tony Birch's Ghost River won the Award for Indigenous Writing.
Six Davitt Awards are presented annually: Best Adult Crime Novel; Best Young Adult Crime Novel; Best Children’s Crime Novel; Best Non-fiction Book; Best Debut Book (any category); and Readers’ Choice (as voted by the members of Sisters in Crime Australia).
The Awards also celebrate new and emerging talent with the Best First Fiction award, as well as excellence in true crime writing with the True Crime Ned Kelly award. Stay up-to-date with all the latest book-related news by subscribing here.