Deadline for the Young Crime Writers Competition this Friday 18 February

Budding young crime writers have until Friday to polish off their entries and hand them in to the library where they picked up their entry forms for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), Young Crime Writers Competition 2011.

I don't know how many entries I will be reading this year from the participating libraries in my own area, the south coast of England, but I'm certainly looking forward to it. I am the judge for the south and the winner from this region will go forward for a national prize to be announced during National Crime Writing Week, 13- 19 June.

Each shortlisted entrant will receive a certificate at an awards ceremony on 30 April, which is being held at Portsmouth Library while the area winner will be awarded a certificate and a £10 book token and will go forward for the national prize, which includes a selection of signed books from the UK’s top crime authors and tickets to CRIMEFEST 2012, Britain’s international crime fiction convention and sponsors of the competition.

There is more information on the Young Crime Writers Competition on my web site along with a checklist on How to Write a Good Crime Story, so if you're under eighteen and you haven't started your story yet then it's time to get cracking.  Don't miss that deadline - Friday 18 February.


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