Clan Destine authors and the Scarlet Stiletto Awards
The Scarlet Stiletto Awards hosted annually by Sisters in Crime aim to unearth new crime writing talent and help foster a new generation of women crime writers in Australia.
The Awards celebrated 21 years of fabulous storytelling in November 2014 with a record 207 entries in the running for the $8800 worth of prize money in a variety of categories.
Twenty-three authors and 27 stories from across Australia were ultimately shortlisted for a total of 15 awards.
The 140 strong crowd was thrilled by the stellar performance of the truly delightful Marta Dusseldorp - star of the ABC TV's Janet King and Crownies and Channel 7 (soon to be Foxtel's) A Place to Call Home - who discussed her ‘life in crime’ (and much more) with crime writer Leigh Redhead before presenting 15 prizes and 12 highly commended certificates.
The overall HarperCollinsAustralia First Prize and fabulous trophy was won this year by West Australian writer Judith Bridge.
The big news for us, however, is that three Clan Destine Press authors also took home a few honours.
Fin J Ross - author of A.K.A. Fudgepuddle - won the Atheneum Library's Body in the Library runner-up prize ($500) for her story “The VOTOS Solution”, about a social work program to re-educate a town’s errant husbands.
Fin (pictured left with Marta Dusseldorp and Leigh Redhead) also won the overall Third Prize ($500), sponsored by Yarraville's Sun Bookshop, for another story, “What's a Girl to Do” - a tale of revenge and the Coburg mafia.
Sandi Wallace - author of CDP's latest-release crime novel Tell Me Why - won The Scriptworks Great Film Idea Award ($200) for her story “Ball and Chain”.
Sandi also received a Highly Commended certificate for another story, “Losing Heidi”.
We suspect Sandi might be making a habit of this, as she also won the ‘Best Investigative Prize’ in the 2013 Awards.
Another repeat offender who is also published with CDP is Kylie Fox whose story “Blue Eyes, Yellow Roses” was Highly Commended this year.
Kylie, who is one half of the writing duo A.K. Wrox - author of Arrabella Candellarbra & the Questy Thing To End Alll Questy Things - has, in previous years, won Third Prize and the Dorothy Porter Prize in the Scarlet Stilettos.
And, as we do LOVE to keep things in the family, we're hoping that this year's winner of the Allen & Unwin Young Writer's Award ($500) goes on to bigger and bolder writerly things.
Eleven-year old Bridey Carmel won this category (which is open to writers 18 or under) for her faulous short story "Dorothy Gale P.I.” about a sleuth who bears a certain resemblance to another fictional Dorothy.
Bridey - daughter of Kylie Fox - starts high school next year and, while she dreams of being a film director, we here at Clan HQ hope she keeps writing too, so she can perhaps one day join her mother and a few other friends in the Clan.
This year's winner of the Clan Destine Press sponsored Cross Genre Award ($400) was speechwriter and training consultant Richenda Rudman. Richendra's story “The Sixth Sense”, was a wonderfully realised futuristic story about justice and ichips implanted in the brain.
Another of Richenda's stories, “The Recollection”, was also Highly Commended.