Two major crime fiction competitions: novel and short stories

Stylist magazine have teamed up with Faber & Faber and seek entries for a crime novel, with the deadline for entries on 12 July (by snail mail, so give yourself a few days before that).  Note that there is one overriding rule here: your novel entry MUST feature a female protagonist.

On World Book Day last week Bloomsbury launched its SHORT SENTENCE, short story competition for budding crime writers.  Click here to go straight to the dedicated site.  Or read on for the press release:

“In this the Year of the Short Story Bloomsbury Publishing, in association with the Writers and Artists Yearbook, is launching a competition challenging writers to create a crime story in a 1000 words or less.

Every other month one of Bloomsbury’s Crime authors will be laying down the creative gauntlet with an original short story thus setting the theme for that month.  Then it’s over to you, the British public, to do your worst.  Criminally speaking of course!

Every other month, we will chose ONE winner and their story will be featured on the Short Sentence website.  Once the competition has closed all the winning stories will be published as a Short Sentence eBook along with the Featured Authors’ stories.  This will be available for free from all online book retailers.  Each winner will also receive a Day Rover ticket to the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate (2013) and a selection of Bloomsbury books.  Four Runners up will receive a selection of Bloomsbury books.

We will announce OVERALL WINNER during National Short Story Week in November 2012.  The overall winner will win a place at the Writers and Artists Yearbook conference for 2013 and a Weekend Rover Ticket for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate (2103).

The competition launches with a short story from debut crime author Parker Bilal on the theme of DECEPTION.  Rules and details of how to enter are on the website.

Other authors taking part include Conor Fitzgerald, Anne Zouroudi, Tom Mogford and James Runcie.”

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