Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist open as part of the 27th Scarlet Stiletto Awards

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The crime-buffs organisation, Sisters in Crime Australia, is offering $300 in prize money for the Liz Navratil Award for Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist. It’s part of its annual short story competition, the Scarlet Stiletto Awards, now in their 27th year.

Carmel Shute, Secretary and National Convenor, said that the Queensland Chapter which is sponsoring the award had set up the award in 2014 to honour fellow member Liz Navratil who was killed whilst crossing the road in her electric wheelchair.

“Liz Navratil was born with cerebral palsy and spent her life in the arts – on stage performing in plays, doing her one-woman stand-up comedy and cabarets, directing and mentoring, writing stage and radio plays, chairing boards and using, as she said, ‘her highly individual work for the transformational power of performance’,” Shute said.

“The Queensland Chapter feels her loss keenly, not only because she was a great friend and highly-valued member, but because they will never know the end of her crime novel. Did her severely disabled protagonist get away with murdering her cruel and evil carer?”

Protagonists in previous winning stories in the Liz Navratil Award have variously had Parkinson’s disease, been vision-impaired, on the autism spectrum and wheelchair-users.

A record $10,460 is up for grabs in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards this year. There are awards for ‘Body in the Library’, Malice Domestic, Cross-Genre, Forensic Linguistics, Thriller Award, Mystery with History, and Great Film Idea.

Closing date for the awards is 31 August 2020. Entry fee is $25 or $20 for Sisters in Crime members. Maximum length is 5000 words. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Melbourne in late November, pandemic permitting.

To download an entry form and a list of FAQs or to pay the entry fee, go to:

Additional information: Carmel Shute, Secretary and National Convenor, 0412 569 356:

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