Can you write a top crime story? Short story competition for budding young crime writers

I'm delighted to have been asked to present the prizes for the latest exciting crime writing competition organised by the Wight Fair Writers Circle. I was privileged to present the prizes at their winter short story competition in December and now I will be back on the Isle of Wight in June to dish out the latest prizes for the winning entries of this new crime writing competition with money and book tokens as the prizes. Each winning entry will also receive a certificate at the awards ceremony to be held at Castlehold Baptist Church, Newport, on June 20.

The competition is set to run for two years, thanks to sponsorship from an anonymous donor.Wight Fair Writers Circle is working with the Isle of Wight Council, Island schools, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and many other partners in order to make the competition a success. Proceeds from the competition will go towards two Island charities, the Isle of Wight Homeless and Love Russia.

Carol Bridgestock, chair of Wight Fair Writers’ Circle, said: "Hopefully, the theme of crime and intrigue will appeal to the inherent naughtiness and mischief in everyone, especially the young boys. The government keeps telling us they won’t read and write these days. I think they are wrong and the children just need the right incentive."

Scriptwriter Peter J. Hammond, who helped launch the competition and whose credits include The Gentle Touch, The Bill and Midsomer Murders, said: "I think the competition is a very worthy cause. Whether your story is fantasy or realism, I believe a good short story should capture a moment or two in time, in the same way a photograph or painting captures an event."

The closing date for entries is May 22. For entry forms contact Books2Love, 53 Pyle Street, Newport, or e-mail from books2love@hotmail.co.uk.

And if you want some tips on How to Write a Good Crime Story then you can print off a FREE checklist on my official website. I wrote this handout for the recent Young Crime Writers Competition organised by the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain. I am the judge for entries from the South Coast of England.

I'm looking forward to meeting the shortlisted young writers both from my own CWA Young Crime Writers Competition at the awards ceremony in Portsmouth on 30 April and from the Wight Fair Writers’ Circle Crime Competition on 20 June.

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