There are a couple of crime writing opportunities that came to my attention recently. One is for a short story competition, and the other is a publisher who is accepting crime novels.
Alibi Short Crime Story Competition
This is for a short crime story of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Author Stuart MacBride has provided the opening sentence: ‘In my opinion, those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it’. Closing date is 15th May 2010. Three finalists will win tickets to the famous Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, including accommodation.
The winner will be announced at the weekend. Overall prize is 100 crime books, a Sony e-reader and the winning story published as a special downloadable e-edition.
Full details are available online, where stories can also be submitted.
Crème De La Crime
This is a well known small independent publishing company which is looking for high quality crime novels – and they particularly encourage first time crime novelists. These can be set in modern times or in the past and should be 70,000 to 80,000 words.
They have a very comprehensive list of the kind of novels they do and don’t want on their website. Rather than advances, authors receive Royalties on their work and it’s encouraging to see that they target the UK and the US.
Send the first 10,000 words of the novel, plus a 1000 to 1500 word synopsis. Full details of their submission requirements can be found here.