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The inaugural SD Harvey Award was held in 2009 and run by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) with the winner announced as part of the Melbourne Writers' Festival at the Ned Kelly Awards. 
Between 2015 and 2017 the winning authors were published in Kill Your Darlings.
Some of our winners have gone on to win more prizes and awards. In 2012 Aoife Clifford won the SD Harvey award and is now best selling author of literary crime novels
Zane Lovitt won the SD Harvey Award in 2010 and in 2011 won ACWA's Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction for his debut novel, The Midnight Promise.  Zane was named one of the Best Young Novelists of 2013 by The Sydney Morning Herald
Suzanne Frankham's debut novel (she won in 2019) was shortlisted for ACWA’s 2022 Ned Kelly Awards.

Please get in touch with us if you have won in previous years and we are more than happy to publish your winning entry. We love to hear from previous winners.

Sandra and her co-author Lindsay won the Life Time Achievement Award from the ACWA in 2007, the year before Sandra died in recognition for their contribution to true crime writing.
In 2018 the SD Harvey award was not offered.
From 2019-2023 the SD Harvey Short Crime Story Award was hosted by the Kennedy Foundation. From 2024 the award will now be run through this website.

Please send an email to if you have a winning entry and would like it published here.



Winning entries from previous years we have on file are published on this website under the year of entry. 


The 2023 winner was PG Davies - for his story Adam Ingram. Runners Up and highly commended were Mother's Ruin - Jacyln Riley-Smith; The Other Side - Matthew Malcolm


The 2021 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 Queensland pandemic restrictions at the time, his award was presented and

accepted on his behalf by Jennifer Cooke, a friend, colleague and co-author of Sandra Harvey. 


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 award founder Lindsay Simpson.

Some of the previous winners when the prize was hosted by ACWA can be found on this website.



2021 Winner

Number 27: Stabbing

By Harry Colfer

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Winner 2019

BUCHANAN'S BOULEVARD by Suzanne Frankham

(Since winning the award, Suzanne's first novel, Shadow over Edmund Street, was published in March 2021.)

Winner 2017 Rules to Live By - Louise Bassett

WINNER 2016 Short People by Andrea Gillum

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