CWA Young Crime Writers' Competition National Shortlist and Video from the Southern Region Awards

The Crime Writers' Association has released the names of the 13 regional winners of its short story competition for young people age 18 and under. The young authors will now have to wait until National Crime Writing Week (13 - 19 June) when the name of the winner will be revealed.

The final stage of the competition is being judged by Edwin Thomas, the 2010-11 Chair of the CWA, and crime writer Martin Edwards.

The shortlisted entrants are:

‘A Cordial Encounter’ by Charlotte Gordon age 15 of Thurso

‘A Cushion Out Of Place’ by Claudia Hyde age 15 of London

‘The Photograph’ by George Neame age 15 of Bognor Regis (The southern area winner, which was judged by me)

‘Reasons’ by Caroline Angus age 14 of Carlisle

‘A Girl I Once Knew’ by Beth Tucker age 15 of Newton Abbot

‘Reaction’ by Laura Aldworth-Beswick age 16 of Manchester

‘She’s a Rebel, She’s a Saint’ by Laura Waters age 14 of Isle of Man

‘Severing Ties’ by Jessica Cooper age 17 of Nantwich

‘The End’ by Lily Scanlan age 17 of Invergordon

‘The Witness’ by Emily Lumbard age 11 of Bristol

‘Button’ by Aileigh MacGregor age 13 of Buckie

‘Anarchy’ by Connor Sterling age 13 of Darlington

‘A Dreamer’s Nightmare’ by Rachael Wallis age 17 of Frome

Congratulations to them all for reaching the shortlist, a major achievement in its own right out of hundreds of entries from across the UK.

The competition is sponsored by CRIMEFEST, Britain’s international crime fiction convention, where I will be appearing on Friday 20 May.

One of the parents at the recent Young Crime Writers Competition Awards Ceremony for the southerbn region took this video of me announcing the Highly Commended and the winner.  I had no idea I was being videoed and given that it was taken some distance away with an ordinary camera with a video facility the sound and picture quality are remarkably good.

Ewan Murphy was Highly Commended, for his superb entry the School House Murders. His father shot this video. Congratulations to Ewan from Winchester, for a fantastic entry and to George Neame, from Bognor Regis, the winner, for his outstanding entry, The Photograph.


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