I'm delighted to be the judge to find the South Coast's Best Young Crime Writer

For the second year running I am delighted to be the judge for the south coast to find the south's best young crime writer in a national competition organised by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and sponsored by CRIMEFEST, Britain’s international crime fiction convention.

The winner from the south will go forward for a national prize to be announced during National Crime Fiction Week, which starts on June 13.  The competition will appeal to writers aged up to 18 (born on or after September 1, 1992). Stories up to 1,000 words should be submitted between January 10 and February 18 through participating libraries, which in the south includes Portsmouth, Southampton, the Isle of Wight, and West Sussex.

There are more details on my web site along with a checklist on How to Write a Good Crime Story

Entry forms are via the libraries, so check out your local library for further information and to see if they are joining in the competition.

There will be an awards ceremony on Saturday 30 April in Portsmouth to present the shortlisted entrants from the south with certificates and where I'll announce the regional winner.

2010 Young Crime Writers' Competition
This is a great opportunity for young people to create their own murder mystery or thriller. Last year the stories were outstanding and it was a tough competition to judge. I’m looking forward to reading this year’s entries.


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