About Sisters in Crime Australia
Sisters in Crime is Australia's fastest growing literary society and, arguably, also its fastest growing women's organisation. It was launched at the Feminist Book Festival in Melbourne in September 1991 and grew out of our shared interest in women's crime and mystery fiction. It was inspired by the American organisation of the same name, which was initiated by Sara Paretsky (creator of Chicago PI VI Warshawski) and other women crime writers in 1986.
Some Sisters are writers, publishers, students, academics and booksellers, but most are simply enthusiastic, if not obsessive, readers. Sisters in Crime Australia has over 500 members and plays an active role in promoting women's crime fiction and in correcting the imbalance in the treatment of women writers in the field.
Sisters in Crime Australia publishes a national newsletter and meets in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Launceston and Brisbane. The Melbourne chapter hosts a variety of regular events – discussion meetings, guest speakers, murder mystery days, quiz nights – and also participates in the Melbourne and St Kilda Writers' Festivals.
The founder of Sisters in Crime USA meets Sisters in Crime Australia. Front, (L to R): Helen Halliday, Sue Turnbull, Sara Paretsky, Carmel Shute. Back, (L to R): Jane Inglis, Renata Singer, Lindy Cameron
Scarlet Stiletto Award
1994 Sisters in Crime Australia established the annual Scarlet Stiletto Award, a short story competition for women resident in Australia.
Cate Kennedy receives the 1995 Scarlet Stiletto Award from actor Deborra-lee Furness. Cate also won the Scarlet Stiletto in 1994
Victorian membership (includes
newsletter): A$30/$15 (conc)
Fill out the application form and forward it, together with your subscription fee to: Sisters in Crime Australia, GPO Box 5319 BB, Melbourne 3001
In 1994 Sisters in Crime Australia established the annuaa short story competition for women resident in Australia. The 2000 competition closes on 30 September.
For further information
on Sisters in Crime Australia, the following convenors can be contacted via