Sisters in Crime

In 2016, for the fifth consecutive year, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library supported the famed Scarlet Stiletto Awards with $1500 in prize money offered for the awards' Body in the Library category.

The annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards, run by Sisters in Crime Australia, are a crime and mystery short story competition conceived in Victoria in 1994 with the purpose of discovering and supporting new female talent.

2016 Body in the Library winner Christine Moffatt with Sue Westwood and Nicole da Silva

Since their inception, the awards have attracted 2926 entries and the Body in the Library category, which was introduced in 2012, is now the second-most popular category. The Sisters in Crime website has information for would-be award entrants.

In the Body in the Library category, the only criteria is that the author's story must include the words "body in the library" and have a strong female protagonist.

2016 Body in the Library runner up Ellen Vickerman with Sue Westwood and Nicole da Silva

Below is a list of winners and runners-up of the Body in the Library category, including links to digital publications by recent recipients:


1st Prize: Catherine Moffat (Lake Munmorah, NSW) for The Team from Information Services  Read it here!
2nd Prize: Ellen Vickerman (Carindale, Qld) for Where Yellow Ends                                         Read it here!


1st Prize: Jenny Spence (Balmain, NSW) for Caught on Camera                                               Read it here!
2nd Prize: Katie Mills (Doubleview, WA) for To Drive Out Evil Spirits                                           Read it here!


1st Prize: Natalie Conyer for The Book Club                                                                             Read it here!
2nd Prize: Fin J Ross for The VOTOS Solution                                                                          Read it here!


1st Prize: Dawn Farnham for The Body in the Library                                                                Read it here!
2nd Prize: Aoife Clifford for The Case of the Vanishing Husband


1st Prize: Kath Harper for Brought to Book
2nd Prize: Aoife Clifford for Quit



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