Ned Kelly Awards

Announcing the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards Short List

Some of Australia’s best crime fiction authors, hottest new talent and a diverse range of true crime authors have been shortlisted in this year’s Ned Kelly Awards.

The Australian Crime Writers Association today announced the shortlists for the 21st Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Fiction. The Ned Kelly Awards celebrate the best in Australian crime fiction and true crime. The shortlists have been drawn from eighty-nine entries across three award categories.

Announcing the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards Longlist

This year’s longlist for the Ned Kelly Awards announced by the Australian Crime Writers Association celebrates the novels of well established crime writers and talented newcomers.

“Crime Fiction is one of the most popular genres in the world and Australian authors have a strong and distinctive voice.” says ACWA chairperson Rochelle Jackson.

“These longlists celebrate the best of Australian fiction and non-fiction crime writing and show that we are up there with the best in the world.”


ACWA Pays Tribute: Peter Corris

Chairman of ACWA, Michael Robotham, paid tribute to Peter Corris - you can watch the video of the night here, and the full text of Michael's words on the night are below:


You often hear writers referred to as the King or the Queen, or Godfather of a particular genre or style. Sometimes such kudos is overblown, or misplaced. I remember when my first novel came out, I met British crime writer, who shall remain nameless. Rather nervously, I approached and said,

Announcing the 2017 Ned Kelly Award Winners

Irish-Australian writer Adrian McKinty has won his second Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction with his intriguingly titled novel, Police at The Station and They Don't Look Friendly.

Number six of his celebrated Sean Duffy series, the story is set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, and impressed the competition judges for being 'lyrical and tender, laugh-out-loud funny, and heart-stoppingly suspenseful.'

Ned Kelly Shortlists to be Announced at Mudgee Readers' Festival - 12th August

Judging has now been completed, the results have been tallied, and Michael Robotham will be announcing the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards shortlists at the Mudgee Readers' Festival during the Trivia Most Foul event on the 12th August between 6.00pm and 8.30pm. The list will go live on the website at or around 8.30pm.