The Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition


 The Crime Writers' Association of which I am member has a number of competitions, prizes and awards open to both published and unpublished crime writers. Entries are now invited from all writers, published or unpublished, writing in English for the Margery Allingham Mystery Competition.

The International Margery Allingham Short Mystery Prize is for short stories of up to 3,500 words. The story must not have been previously published anywhere, or shortlisted for this competition before.

You'll need to follow Margery’s definition of a mystery to be in with the best of chance of winning the prize.

“The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.”

Closing deadline for submissions is 6pm GMT Monday 28 February 2022. For more information, rules and to submit your entry click here


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