Sunday, 3 February 2013

Calling all young Crime Writers

Young Crime Writers Competition 2013 launched

Aspiring young writers from the region are being encouraged to enter a competition launched by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The Young Crime Writers’ Competition 2013 is open to anyone living in Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire or Bristol, who was 17 or under on Monday 7 January. Entries must be handed in to local libraries by Tuesday 5 March.

The maximum story length is 1,000 words and there is no minimum length. The theme of the story is crime or thriller of any kind.

The judging panel includes thriller writers C.J. Carver and Tim Weaver, who both live in Bath, and Lynne Fernquest, Editor of the Bath Chronicle which is sponsoring the competition.

The overall winner will receive a trophy, sponsored by the Bath Chronicle, and three thriller books selected by the judging panel; with book prizes for second and third too. There will also be five Highly Commended awards, all of which will receive a certificate.

All eight short listed entries will be published Bath & North East Somerset Council’s website and in a book of short stories. The eight winners will also be invited to an award ceremony on Tuesday 23 April at Bath Central Library.

Posters and entry forms about the competition can be found at all local libraries in Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol. There is also a workbook guide to help budding young writers on their way – email june_wentland@bathnes.gov.uk for a digital copy.

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