Aussie Author Challenge returns for 2014

The Aussie Author Challenge is back for its fifth year!Aussie-Author-Challenge-2014-final-badge

Whether you are a patriotic Australian, an aspiring or armchair tourist or simply an international reader wanting to discover some talented new authors and interact with like-minded readers, the Aussie Author Challenge could be for you!

The objective of this challenge is to showcase the wonderful diversity of the work being produced by Australian authors.

Due to popular demand there will be a broader range of participation levels for the Aussie Author Challenge in 2014:


The keen eyed will notice these animals are listed in order from smallest to largest — as the size of the animal increases, so too does the challenge!

A dedicated page at Booklover Book Reviews will be your one-stop shop for the challenge.

Davitt Awards 2013: record 61 books on longlist

The Sisters in Crime Australia have a record 61 Books in contention for the 13th Davitt Awards (2013) for the best crime books by Australian women.

Six Davitt Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on 31 August by leading New Zealand crime writer, Vanda Symon, at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne: Best Novel (Adult); Best Novel (Children’s and Young Adult); Best True Crime Book; Best Debut Book (any category); Readers’ Choice (as voted by the 600 members of Sisters in Crime Australia).

See more details and the longlist here.

A new small press launches 5 March

Crime Factory Publications is a new small press that will officially launch on Monday 5 March at a Melbourne event I wish I could attend myself. American author Megan Abbott will join honorary Aussie Adrian McKinty and true-blue Australian crime writers David Whish-Wilson and Leigh Redhead to officially launch the press by reading from their works. Surely the event is worth attending just to hear Megan Abbot tread from  her soon to be published novel DARE ME for the very first time in public!

When 5 March 2012, 7:00pm (readings to start around 8pm)

Where Grumpy’s Green, 125 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Enquiries to: or follow @crimefactory on twitter for any updates

Cost: Free. Though books and booze will be available for purchase 🙂

To help celebrate their launch Crime Factory Publications will also be releasing an Australian exclusive print-only edition of The First Shift short story anthology which includes stories from Ken Bruen, Rogert Smith, Dennis Tafoya and Hilary Davidson. In even more exciting news for us here at Fair Dinkum HQ an all-Aussie anthology entitled Hard Labour will be published later this year.

We’ll keep you updated with relevant Crime Factory news but do head along to the launch next week if you can (or help me think of a good excuse I can give my boss for why I won’t be at work next Monday and Tuesday so I can go to Melbourne).

Event: When Genres Attack – Crime Discussion

Three terrific Aussie crime writers will be appearing as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival later this month and I for one am jealous that I won’t be there.

Lenny Bartulin, Malla Nunn and P.M. Newton are the authors

20 September @ 7:30pm is the date and time

More information is at Shearer’s Books

If you’re in Sydney do head along (and if you have some thoughts to share with us please send them along for posting here at Fair Dinkum)

She Kilda Again: Australian Women’s Crime Writer’s Convention 2011

To mark the 20th anniversary of Sisters in Crime Australia a weekend-long celebration of women’s crime writing is being held in Melbourne.

The convention will involve all leading Australian women crime novelists (there are dozens of names, I couldn’t pick out just a few to highlight) together with true-crime writers, screen-writers, producers, booksellers, publishers, lawyers, judges, police, forensic specialists, journalists, librarians, academics, critics and (mostly) readers and viewers. It will discuss and analyse books, film and television shows, law and justice issues, new trends and critical issues of the genre. International guests will include Margie Orford (South Africa), Shamini Flint (Singapore) and Vanda Symon (New Zealand).

The convention includes a launch of the Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut (the latest volume of award winning stories from the Scarlet Stiletto short story competition) and a ceremony for the 11th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women.

When: 7-9 October, 2011

Where: Rydges Hotel, Swanson Street, Carlton, Victoria

More information: Head to the convention website for a full program and important updates

Sadly neither of your Fair Dinkum correspondents can make it to Melbourne that weekend but if any of our readers attend events feel free to send us your thoughts/reviews/pictures of writers in compromising situations for publication (or blackmail) purposes 🙂

Hopefully we’ll be able to keep up with the big news via twitter (following @SheKilda would be a good start)