The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction

Thunderbolt rides again in 2014!

The New England Writers Centre is proud to announce the second year of its exciting national literary award, the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing.

2013 was the inaugural year of the Prize, and was an unqualified success, attracting over a hundred entries from writers all over Australia, both major published authors and new and emerging ones. As one of the few national awards for this genre of writing, it has put New England on the literary map, while strong sponsorship support from New England businesses and organisations have shown great local enthusiasm for the Prize.

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing is for unpublished short-form crime writing in three Open categories: fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as two special awards: a New England Award and an Emerging Author Award, the latter of which is new this year.

Strong local support has made possible the following generous awards:

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction:First Prize: $500, for a story of up to 2,500 words. Open to writers all over Australia, whether published or unpublished. Sponsored by The School of Arts, University of New England.

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-Fiction:First Prize: $500 for an article of up to 2,500 words. Open to writers all over Australia, whether published or unpublished. Sponsored by The Armidale Express.

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry: First Prize: $500 for a poem of up to 60 lines. Open to writers all over Australia, whether published or unpublished. Sponsored by Friends of Tamworth Libraries.

The New England Award of $300 for the best entry in any category by a writer resident in New England, sponsored by the New England Writers’ Centre and Reader’s Companion Bookshop, Armidale;

And new this year, the Emerging Authors Award of $200, for the best entry in any category from new, unpublished writers only, from anywhere in Australia, sponsored by the Armidale Dumaresq Memorial Library and the Chaucer on Bridge Street Gallery, Uralla.

The Armidale Express will also publish the winning entries on its website.

Entries open on March 24, 2014, and close on August 1, 2014. Fee: $10 per entry. Winners announced September 12, 2014.

Entry forms and details on website,http://www.newc.org.au/netpcw.htm

 

About the judges:

The judges this year are again outstanding, with a strong national profile as well as connection with New England. Fiction judge is novelist Wendy James, the author of six books, including The Mistake (2012) and Out of the Silence, which won the 2006 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime fiction. Her latest novel is The Lost Girls, about the consequences in a family of a long-ago murder. A former resident of New England, Wendy now lives in Newcastle with her family.

Non-Fiction judge is Carol Baxter. Dubbed the ‘history detective, Carol is the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author of such‘true-crime thrillers’ as An Irresistible Temptation, Breaking the Bank, Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady, and The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New England.

Poetry judge is long-term New England resident Yve Louis, award-winning poet who has published poetry collections with Friendly Street/Wakefield, Kardoorair Press, Five Islands Press and Blue Tongue. There have been six titles in all, including Lilith’s Mirror, The Yellow Dress, and most recently, A Door in the Forest for which she won first prize in the Society of Women Writers biennial book awards (poetry) in 2013. Also in 2013, Yve was the winner of the New England Award in the inaugural New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing in 2013. Yve was the editor of New England Review for several years, and is the founding editor and publisher of the Matilda Poets Series, a chapbook project set up in 2010 to feature women poets of New England.

 

The New England Writers’ Centre is grateful for the assistance of:

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