Do you like writing crime fiction? Are you looking to be published, or at least noticed by the industry? If so, there are two competitions run every year by the prestigious CWA (the Crime Writers’ Association) that might appeal. You’ll need to be quick, though.
The first 3,000 words of a crime novel and a maximum 1,000-word synopsis. Entry fee: £30 + VAT. Prize: £500 and an assessment for all shortlisted entries. Deadline: 28 Feb.
You must be an unpublished author and the novel or extract must not have been published in any form.
Don’t be put off by the entry fee. If your extract gets through the first stages and is presented to the judges, you’ll find it’s an amazing way of you and your work becoming known to literary agents, respected crime authors and publishers. Offers for representation and of publication have been made on shortlisted work in previous years, so please consider this competition if you’re at all serious about a traditional publishing contract.
More info: http://cwadaggers.co.uk/debut/termsdebut/
Margery Allingham Short Story
A story up to 3,500 words encapsulating Margery Allingham’s belief about what a mystery story should be ( see link below). Entry fee: £15 + VAT. Prize: £1,000 and passes to CrimeFest 2017. Deadline: 1 March.
The same as for the Debut Dagger applies about agents, authors and publishers reading your work.
You can be a published author, but this story mustn’t have been published in any form.