Had a great response from the media for the CWA Young Crime Writers Competition 2011

Yes, I've had some good coverage in the media for the Young Crime Writers Competition to find the best young crime writers in the UK in a national competition launched by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and sponsored by CRIMEFEST, an International crime convention held in Britain.

I've been talking about it on Portsmouth Live TV and on Spirit FM and tomorrow I wil be live on the Julian Clegg Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Solent at about 7.20am, and then chatting to Darren Gamblen on Express FM 93.7  at 9.30am or thereabouts.

The Chichester Observer and West Sussex Gazette are planning to cover the story in this week's newspapers. Ventnor Blog on the Isle of Wight has put details of the competition on their very popular blog and I'm hoping that the Isle of Wight County Press will run it this week.  I'm also hoping that the Portsmouth News and Southampton Daily Echo will pick up on the story.  The more young people who enter the better.

The Book Trade has also taken up the story and this coverage is just for the area I'm judging, the South Coast of England. I'm sure my colleagues in the CWA are getting fantastic media support elsewhere in the UK.

Without the help of the libraries this competition would be extremely difficult to administer and run and I am delighted to be working with Portsmouth, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex Libraries.

Just a reminder that the competition will appeal to writers aged up to 18 (born on or after September 1, 1992). Stories should be submitted between January 10 and February 18 and the word limit is 1,000. They must be entered through participating libraries across Britain.

The local winners will be considered for the national prize to be announced during National CrimeWriting Week, which starts on June 13.

There is more information on my web site with a checklist on How to Write a Good Crime Story.

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