The SD Harvey Award

Welcome to the SD Harvey Short Crime Story Award page.

PROUDLY HOSTED BY THE KENNEDY FOUNDATION

Sandra (Dawn) Harvey was an outstanding print journalist and television producer, as well as author and co-author of five true crime books.

She won the Australian Crime Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 along with long-time collaborator Lindsay Simpson. Sandra was also a friend and colleague of Les Kennedy, after whom the Kennedy Awards are named.

The SD Harvey Short Crime Story, in Sandra’s honour, recognises excellence in this genre of writing, either fiction or non-fiction and welcomes entries from journalists. This year marks the 13th time the award has been offered since her death at 49 in 2008.

Finalists in the 2021 SD Harvey Short Crime Story Award were:

  1. Kathleen Folbigg conviction questioned by Quentin McDermott
  2. Number 27 – stabbing by Harry Colfer
  3. Vanishing act by Kate McClymont

The winner was Harry Colfer, a Brisbane paramedic and writer.

Unable to attend the Kennedy Awards gala at Royal Randwick on Thursday, November 11, 2021, due to ongoing pandemic restrictions in Queensland, his award was presented and accepted on his behalf by Jennifer Cooke, a friend, colleague and co-author of Sandra Harvey. His winning entry will be available at sdharveyaward.com and harry.colfer.com

The 2020 winner – presented by Margie McDonald, a close friend and colleague of Sandra’s – was Quentin McDermott, formerly of the ABC, for his true crime story on a complex attempted murder case in South Australia.

In 2019 – the first year the award was hosted by the Kennedy Foundation –the winner was Victorian fiction writer Suzanne Frankham. Her award was presented by Lindsay Simpson, who co-authored three true-crime books with Sandra and established the award.

Finalists in the 2022 competition, which includes a cash prize from sponsor The Patrons – Friends of Harv’s, will be announced on this page ahead of the winner’s presentation at the NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism, at Royal Randwick, on August 12.

Entries – published or unpublished (in the year to June 30) – can be submitted between May 1 and the close of business on July 1, 2022, via the link at the bottom of this page.

A $50 entry fee (+ booking fee) is required to enter short crime stories in either fiction – or narrative or creative non-fiction or long-form journalism – of between 2000 and a maximum of 5000 words. Word rates are not flexible and anything outside those stated may render an entry ineligible. A brief accompanying statement of up to 400 words for non-fiction works is appreciated.

To pay the entry fee, register via the link below.

Good luck to all entrants, and thanks for supporting the Kennedy Foundation.

AWARD INQUIRIES LINDSAY SIMPSON 0408 278417
KENNEDY AWARD INQUIRIES ANNA MAGNUS 0423 363725

SD HARVEY AWARD SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Entries can be submitted by published and unpublished writers and can be either fiction or non-fiction stories in print or online.
  • Multiple entries are accepted but must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
  • Submissions must be the author’s original work.
  • Stories should be strictly between 2000 and up to no more than 5000 words in length, in either fiction or in creative or literary non-fiction/long-form journalism.
    The broadest definition of the crime story will be considered eligible but should include one or more elements that are normally associated with the genre, i.e. suspense, intrigue, mystery, conflict, crime, punishment, or investigation.
  • Entries will be judged on story structure; characterisation; ‘ripping yarn’ and dialogue/quotes and plot.

 ENTER THE SD HARVEY AWARD BY CLICKING HERE