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Award for author

  • Award for authorFin J Ross (left) with Kate Atkinson

Gippsland writer wins four national literary awards

A Gippsland author has won an astonishing four awards at Sisters in Crime’s 25th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Awards.

Journalist and author Fin J Ross of Eagle Point snared three awards for her story Deadly Ernestine which took out the Simon & Schuster Second Prize ($1000), the Melbourne Athenaeum’s Body in the Library Prize ($1000) and the inaugural International Association of Forensic Linguists Award ($1000).

Another of her stories Victory of Kyrnos won The Clan Destine Press Award for Cross Genre ($500).

Cheekily, the murder in Deadly Ernestine occurs in the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.

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Ross has co-authored two true crime books and has won numerous prizes in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

Fin J Ross is co-author of two true-crime anthologies, Killer in the Family and Murder in the Family. She also has two novels, Billings Better Bookstore and Brasserie and Wildwood Hall looking for a publishing home. Fin is now working on her first crime novel.

Fin has won several awards in short story competitions, including three category prizes and a third prize in previous Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

She teaches creative writing at Eagle Point – to maintain her sanity – but derives her income from running a boarding cattery in Eagle Point and breeding Bengal and British Shorthair cats.

Two other Gippslanders were Highly Commended at the national awards: Susan Bennett of Warragul for Denial and Jan Bull of Toora for Missing.