The inaugural SD Harvey Award was held in 2009 and run by the Australian Crime Writers Association 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.
Sandra and her co-author Lindsay won the Life Time Achievement Award from the Australian Crime Writers Association in 2007, the year before she died in recognition for their contribution to true crime writing.
In 2018 the award was not offered.
From 2019, the SD Harvey Short Crime Story Award has been generously hosted by the Kennedy Foundation.
The winner is generally announced at the Kennedy Lecture, an event held after the Kennedy Awards at which the lecture is delivered by the new Kennedy Awards Journalist of the Year. In 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions in place during those years, the award was generously incorporated into the Kennedy Awards, as ongoing restrictions prevented the Kennedy Lecture from being held.
Les Kennedy, who died of cancer in 2011, was a friend and colleague of Sandra's. Entries from journalists are always welcome as the criteria for the short crime story is 'a ripping yarn'.
Please send an email to email@example.com 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 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.
Finalists in the 2022 competition, which includes a cash prize, will be announced at the
NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism, expected to be held at Royal
Randwick in August. More details coming closer to the date.