The Ned Kelly Awards

Ned Kelly was Australia's most famous bushranger.  He led a gang whose greatest claim to fame was making their own primitive but effective armour to protect them from police bullets. The Australian crime writing prizes are named the Ned Kelly Awards.

As my dear agent mentions on her blog, this year I've been nominated for a Ned Kelly for best first novel.

Here's the complete list of nominations, which needless to say, I've begun reading:

Diamond Eyes by AA Bell
Undercover by Keith Bulfin
Prime Cut by Alan Carter
While I Have Perdo by John Chesterman
Who Killed Dave? by Linda Cockburn
The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby
Mosquito Creek by Robert Engwerds
Beyond Fear by Jaye Ford
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
The Old School by PM Newton
Five Parts Dead by Tim Pegler
Line of Sight by David Whish-Wilson

It's a good thing I wasn't nominated for the general prize, or I'd be facing the likes of Peter Corris. Kerry Greenwood, and Colleen McCullough.


Sarah W said...


Stephanie Thornton said...

Congratulations! The Pericles Commission deserves heaps of awards!

pierre l said...

Congratulations Gary. I jst loved your book.

Kerrie said...

Well done Gary

Gary Corby said...

Thank you all!

There are some excellent books in that nomination list, and I truly don't think of what I write as natural award fodder, so I have no expectations of actually winning, but it'll be fun to see what happens. said...

Congratulations and good luck,


Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

A well-deserved honor!

Nancy Kelley said...

Congratulations, Gary!

moonrat said...



Gary Corby said...

Hey moonrat! How are you? I imagine a certain agent told you the news.

Thanks ladies, and Seth, for the congrats. It's terrific to be on the longlist, if only because of the company I'm keeping. I'm very impressed by the other books.

Trisha Leigh said...

Whhhhheeeeee CONGRATS!!

Also, I like the word "bushranger" *mental note*

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Trisha. I bet it's only a matter of time now before you've got your own book out.

Our bushranger is your...I think you'd say...outlaw.

Heidi Noroozy said...

Congrats, Gary! Hope you win!

Gary Corby said...

This is in answer to a question from E.L.S.O.S. that he posted on this page. Hi E.L.S.O.S., it's lovely to meet you, and welcome to the blog!

E.L.S.O.S. said...
Congrats on the nomination!

My friend just lent me your book to read (and now I have to buy it for myself) and I absolutely loved it! Read it in one night since I couldn't put it down.

I do have a question for you though...

...and that's where things got difficult. The rest of the comment contained a spoiler, so I had to remove it. You can't assume everyone who reads the blog has read the book!

E.L.S.O.S., I want to reply, but I've tried and failed to get your email address from your blogger profile and your blog. If you email me directly at, I'll happily tell you the answer!

L. T. Host said...

Congrats Gary! That's awesome :)

... I may or may not be using the word "awesome" a lot tonight. It's deserved though.