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The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award

is now OPEN

The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award 2017

Competition Closed: 23 April 2017


174 entries.  $1085 in prizes.

Judges: Zena Shapter, Julia Robertson, Graham Miller and David Vernon

Editor: David Vernon

Cover designer: Michael Vernon

Ausralian printer: Kainos Print

I never thought pinking-shears would be sharp enough to kill someone.

But then I didn't expect to find a dead body in my sewing room either. A very dead body. I knew this because of the circle of wine-black blood.

A man without trousers.

From “Not With the Good Scissors” by Barb Ettridge


Danny stared through the glass at the young, voluptuous woman, her turquoise bikini luminous in the subdued street lighting. A gaggle of men formed a half-circle outside the window in Amsterdam's red-light district. Danny's bestie, Si, egged him on.

“Go on, Dan, she's the one. Look at those tits, dude!”

Danny's heart sank. Why had he agreed to have his stag do in Amsterdam?

— From “Caged Birds” by Susan Carey


Lust, envy, greed, wrath, sloth, gluttony and pride. What a collection of sins to make the heart beat faster. This is the second anthology of short stories we have published that explores these dark human motivations. Here we present to you the thirty highly commended and three prize-winning stories from the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award 2017.


32 published stories.  One e-book and printed anthology, Gift of a Casserole and other Deadly Sins


Edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback, Stringybark Publishing,

ISBN: 978-0-9925759-9-1


$14.95 includes postage within Australia.  Discounts for multiple purchases.  Please enquire for international orders.

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