S.D. Harvey Award

Kennedy Foundation hosts prestigious S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award

The winner of the 2020 S.D Harvey Award will be revealed at the second annual Kennedy lecture dinner sponsored and hosted by Bar M Rushcutters Bay in September.

Entries will open on May 6th, and can registered via the following link by July 1st.


After registration please send short stories to kennedyawardsjudging@gmail.com

Fianlists will be announced at the NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism at Royal Randwick on August 7.

Sandra Harvey Award

The Kennedy Foundation will host the 11th  S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award in conjunction with the inaugural Kennedy Lecture dinner on September 1, 2020.

Sandra (Dawn) Harvey was an outstanding print journalist and television producer who was also the author and co-author of five true crime books. With long-time collaborator Lindsay Simpson she won the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

The S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award recognizes excellence in this genre of writing, either fiction or non-fiction and welcomes entries from journalists. This year’s award marks the 10th  time the award has been offered since Sandra’s death in 2008 aged 49.

It will be presented at the inaugural Kennedy Lecture dinner, on Tuesday September 10, ahead of the speech by the winner of the Kennedy Awards’ Journalist of the Year at Bar M (formerly Bar Machiavelli) in Rushcutters Bay.

Sandra Harvey was a superb and well-respected journalist who began her career at AAP with Les Kennedy before working at The Sydney Morning Herald where her police and crime-writing talents caught the eye of then NSW Police Minister Paul Whelan who hired her as a policy adviser.

At Four Corners she was a researcher and producer before her untimely death from cancer. Two of her three books co-written with Simpson – Brothers in Arms and My Husband, My Killer – were made into top-rating television productions. The last of her published works, The Ghost of Ludwig Gertsch, resulted in the re-opening of an inquest.

Sandra’s first love was storytelling either through broadcast, newsprint or books … her career highlighted the versatility of journalism as well as the creative ways in which crime stories can be told.


The S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award, formerly run by ACWA as one of the Ned Kelly Awards, again offers entrants from throughout Australia the opportunity to produce a ripping yarn this time in either fiction or non-fiction (creative non-fiction or long-form journalism) in 3000-5000 words. Entries must embody the art of storytelling with good literary prose, a tight plot, good dialogue and be well structured.

Media inquiries: Steve Warnock (0424 407 717) or Lindsay Simpson (0408 278 417).