Last Call for Entries to Young Crime Writers Competition

Budding young crime writers have until 18 February to get their entries in for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), Young Crime Writers Competition 2011.

Competition entries in the south are being judged by yours truly and I'm looking forward to seeing what the youth on the south coast come up with this year.The winner from the south will go forward for a national prize to be announced during National Crime Writing Week, 13- 19 June.

Entry forms are available from libraries in Portsmouth, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex. The crime stories should be under 1,000 words and entrants must be under 18 years.

Each shortlisted entrant will receive a certificate at an awards ceremony in April while the area winner will be awarded a certificate and a £10 book token and will go forward for the national prize, which includes a selection of signed books from the UK’s top crime authors and tickets to CRIMEFEST 2012, Britain’s international crime fiction convention and sponsors of the competition.

There is more information on  the Young Crime Writers Competition on my web site along with a checklist on How to Write a Good Crime Story, so if you're under eighteen and like writing crime stories make sure you get your entry in on time.

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