BAD Western Sydney


Every city has its own personality and crime fiction is as much about the place as it is about the crimes. A call out was made for Greater Western Sydney based writers to contribute either a 2000 word crime short story or a micro-fiction of no more than 200 words. The story needed to be set in Western Sydney to highlight the differences that location made to the stories that could be told. This region is huge, covering an area from the Hawksbury, down the Blue Mountains and into the Illawarra. The landscape is as diverse as the people. This place is not only one of Sydney’s most culturally diverse areas but Australia’s with a story potential both exciting and largely untapped.

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Reading the submissions, the stories show an Australia we don’t always see. They are rougher, edgier, sharing new perspectives and different points of view. They offer a glimpse from a new generation of writers exploring what contemporary Australia is all about.

Along with the BAD Sydney board, it is my ambition that this anthology will be the beginning of a long partnership with WestWords that will help foster a different generation of crime writers in their writing ambitions. To have helped create this anthology has been really rewarding. The possibility that one day, at a future BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival, one of the authors in these pages may be appearing to promote their newly published crime novel would be amazing.

So read on.