The Ned Kelly Awards, or Neds for short, are the premier crime writing awards in Australia. They were created by a group of people involved in the crime writing industry - authors, publishers, and journalists - and are now run by the Australian Crime Writers Association.
The bushranger, Ned Kelly, is probably the best known Australian criminal, so naming the awards after him was an obvious decision.
There are four categories in the Neds: Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, True Crime, and the Sandra Harvey Short Story Award. In 2016 Carmel Shute will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Carmel has spent 25 years supporting women crime writers in Australia and is a founder and national co-convener of Sisters in Crime Australia.
The shortlists for each category are:
Mark Dapin - R&R (Penguin Random House)
Garry Disher - The Heat (Text Publishing)
Candice Fox - Fall (Penguin Random House)
Adrian McKinty - Rain Dogs (Allen & Unwin)
Barry Maitland - Ash Island (Text Publishing)
Dave Warner - Before it Breaks (Fremantle Press)
Best True Crime
Gideon Haigh - Certain Admissions (Penguin Random House)
Kate Kyriacou - The Sting (Echo Publishing)
Martin McKenzie-Murray - A Murder Without Motive (Scribe)
Rebecca Poulson - Killing Love (Simon & Schuster)
Mark Tedeschi - Kidnapped (Simon & Schuster)
Best First Fiction
Tania Chandler - Please Don't Leave Me Here (Scribe)
J M Green - Good Money (Scribe)
Mark Hollands - Amplify (Self-Published)
Gary Kemble - Skin Deep (Echo Publishing)
Iain Ryan - Four Days (Broken River Books)
Emma Viskic - Resurrection Bay (Echo Publishing)
Previous winners of the award include Jon Cleary, Michael Rowbotham, Peter Doyle, Candice Fox, and Wendy James.
The Award ceremony will be held in Melbourne on Sunday and I’ll be sharing the results on Facebook.
To find out more, visit the website here.
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