Fancy a stab at crime writing? Then why not enter the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Competition

Getting published is tough no matter what genre you write and the crime genre is particularly competitive. While winning The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Debut Dagger Competition doesn't guarantee publication it could expose your work to top literary agents and publishers as well as motivate you to write and provide valuable feedback on your writing.

The CWA 2011 Debut Dagger Competition Competition opened on 30th October 2010, and will close on 5th February 2011. So there's time yet to write or polish up something you've already written.

You can submit the opening chapter(s) – up to 3000 words – and a short synopsis of your proposed crime novel. There are full details on the Crime Writers' Association Website and you can also sign up to a free mailing list and receive a newsletter every two weeks with the latest news and useful hints and tips to help you perfect your entry.

The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. All shortlisted entrants will receive a generous selection of crime novels and professional assessments of their entries, and that alone is worth entering for. The first prize is £700.

Good luck.

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