I'm currently reading the entries for the Young Crime Writers Competition and it's going to be a tough decision again

I've started reading the entries for the CWA Young Crime Writers Competition 2011 and already I know it is going to be a tough decision choosing the shortlist and deciding on the winning entry.  I've only read a handful of the many entries submitted through the participating libraries in Portsmouth, Southampton, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight and I am very impressed with the quality of the writing and amazed at the imagination. It's great to receive so many startling entries from both boys and girls some as young as eight who have made a fantastic effort.

I was privileged to be the judge for the south coast of England for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), Young Crime Writers Competition 2010 and again for this year.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to an Awards Ceremony at Portsmouth Central Library on Saturday 30 April where I'll be presenting certificates and announcing those who are highly commended and the winner.

The winner from the south will go forward for a national prize to be announced during National Crime Writing Week, 13- 19 June.

It's going to be a tough call.

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