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Pennicott wins second Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto

The short story ‘Shadows’ by Josephine Pennicott has won the 2012 HarperCollins First Prize in this year’s Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

Pennicott’s story ‘about obsession, grief and the power of words and perception’ won the $1000 prize, the author’s second, following her 2001 win for ‘Birthing the Demons’.

Under the rules of the competition, Pennicott will no longer be eligible to compete in the awards and will be invited to become a judge.

Pennicott’s novel Poet’s Cottage was published by Pan Macmillan in May this year.

Other winners in this year’s awards were Emilie Collyer, who took out both The Kill City Second Prize ($400) and The Clandestine Press Award for Cross Genre ($300) for ‘A Clean Job’; Claire McKenna, who won the Cate Kennedy Award for Third Prize ($350); and Kath Harper, who won the inaugural Athenaeum Library ‘Body in the Library’ Award ($1000) for ‘Brought to Book’. The runner-up award ($500) went to Aoife Clifford for ‘Quit’, which also took out the Pulp Fiction Bookshop: Funniest Crime Award ($150 voucher).

Sarah Evans won The Kerry Greenwood Malice Domestic Award ($500), Robyn McWilliam won Benn’s Books Best Investigative Award ($200) for ‘Nursing a Suspicion’, and Helen Illes won the Scriptworks Great Film Idea Award ($200)

Candice Graham won the Inaugural Catherine Leppert Environmental Theme Award ($250) for ‘Fallen Angel’ and Ebony Franzman won the Allen & Unwin Young Writer’s Award ($500) for ‘Perspective’.



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