Jacinta Dimase Literary Agent Melbourne

Ruth McIver

Ruth McIver is a PhD student at Curtin University working in the arena of true-crime inspired fiction and crime memoir. She also studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. In addition to arts writing and music reviewing (the Sunday Age, the Big Issue and Film Fatales), Ruth has published poetry and reviews for Cordite.

In 2014, her self-published novel-in-verse, The Sunset Club, was commended by the Fellowship of Australian Authors in the Anne Elder Category. She also won a place to pitch her first unpublished novel, Nothing Gold, at the Bloody Scotland Festival. In August 2018, Nothing Gold was a runner-up for the inaugural Banjo Prize with Harper Collins.

Her second novel, I Shot the Devil won the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, with the judging panel calling it; “a dark and unforgettable literary noir” that showed “an emerging writer of considerable literary talent. Atmospheric and chillingly entertaining, this was a novel that every single judge wanted to read more of.”


July 26, 2019: McIver’s debut sold to Hachette AU and Tinder Press UK
November 07, 2018: Richell prize: Ruth McIver wins literary award for 'unforgettable' crime novel