Scarlet Stilettos offer record prize money in 2021
Sisters in Crime Australia’s annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards are offering a record $11,910 in prize money this year.
The competition, for short crime and mystery stories by women writers, has attracted two new sponsors with two new prizes worth a total of $1500.
Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS) is offering a prize of $750 for the Best Environmental Mystery, while the $750 Viliama Grakalic Art and Crime Award is named in honour of the late artist and long-time Sisters in Crime member, who also bequeathed $4000 to the organisation.
BPS brand and content manager Mark Harding said: ‘We’re huge supporters of Australian writing and believe some of the best crime writing in the world is created in our own backyard.’
Sisters in Crime secretary Carmel Shute said, ‘We’re thrilled that all but one sponsor has continued their support despite these financially fraught times—and that two new supporters have come on board.’
Shute said that several sponsors increased their sponsorship, adding that since the awards began in 1994, 30 winners have gone on to have books published.
The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Melbourne in late November, pandemic permitting. The closing date for submissions is 31 August 2021. For more information see the Sisters in Crime website.