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On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.
In this section we list competitions open to writers of prose
and poetry. Detailed information poetry is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red.
- MYSTERY WRITER ALERT! Entries for the CWA’s MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT MYSTERY COMPETITION are now open for unpublished mystery
stories. Entries must be submitted in English, but the author does not need to be resident in the United Kingdom. Entries close on Saturday, 29 February 2020.
- CRIME WRITER ALERT! The CWA Daggers are the most coveted awards in crime-writing and entries are now open for the CWA DEBUT DAGGER 2020. Crime writers from across the world are welcome to enter. Could you be the next
winner? Only unpublished authors are eligible to enter this competition. Self-published authors are welcome to enter as long as they have never had a traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel. Deadline is Saturday, 29 February
Crime Writers Association (CWA) UK.
What: THE CWA’S MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT MYSTERY COMPETITION
Entries close: 6.00 p.m. (UK time), Saturday, 29 February 2020.
Visit the website at Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition for details on how to submit, and please read the terms
and conditions of entry here.
Cost: The entry fee for 2020 is £12 and this should be paid via PayPal. Online entry is a two-stage process. First you must pay the £12 submission fee. Once your payment has gone through you will receive a receipt with a transaction
ID from PayPal. You may then return to submit your entry at any point until the submission deadline. You will need to submit your PayPal transaction ID along with your entry so they can confirm that all entries have been paid for.
What’s happening: The Rules. THE MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION is now open for submissions of unpublished mystery stories. Margery Allingham was an English Golden Age
crime writer best known for her detective stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion.
The Crime Writers’ Association and the Margery Allingham Society run
this competition in partnership to promote mystery writing and the elegant medium of the short story. This competition is not to be missed for lovers of the short story – and, like the Debut Daggers, being shortlisted brings attention and prestige to
the writing CV.
This award is for a single, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED SHORT STORY of up to 3,500 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1 January of the competition year.
The international competition is open to everyone – both published and unpublished authors from all over the world. All that they ask is that the story has not been previously published anywhere, or shortlisted for this competition – so whether
you polish off a dusty draft or craft a brand new idea is totally up to you.
The organisers’ mission is to find the best unpublished short mystery – one that
fits into legendary crime writer Margery’s definition of what makes a great story:
‘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.’
For the 2020 competition, the way a submitted story matches
this definition will be awarded greater weighting in the score than any other criteria, so please – bear it in mind. The chronology is important.
How to Write a
Go to https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition for past winners and advice. The Crime Writers' Association asked a former winner of the CWA/Margery Allingham Short Story competition for 6 great tips and here they are:
- Read the great short stories (not just crime fiction) and ask yourself what makes them great
- Don’t kid yourself that writing a short story is much easier than writing a novel
- Think about
the effect you want the story to have on the reader
- The opening needs to arrest attention
- The end must leave the reader with a sense of satisfaction
- In between the beginning and the end – don’t waste a word.
The Prize: The winner receives a generous cash prize of £500 plus two weekend passes
to CrimeFest 2020 and a selection of Margery Allingham-related books. The winner is announced at CrimeFest in Bristol and shortlisted writers can buy tickets just to the ceremony if they prefer, when the CWA Dagger longlists are also
announced. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: The Crime Writers Association (CWA) UK.
What: THE CWA’S DEBUT DAGGER COMPETITION
Entries close: 6.00
p.m. (UK time), Saturday, 29 February 2020.
Contact: For information about the Dagger go to https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/debut-dagger.
See the CWA Debut Dagger Award Terms & Conditions and Submission Guidelines here https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/debut-dagger/debut-dagger-terms-and-conditions,
and go here https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/debut-dagger/submit-your-entry to submit your entry. PLEASE NOTE that they do not allow pseudonymous entries: you must enter the CWA Debut Dagger
in your own name.
The longlist will be announced at CrimeFest in June 2020 and published on the website. The shortlist will be announced during the summer of 2020
and published on the CWA website.
Cost: Online entry is a two-stage
process from the portal accessed on the website. First you must pay the £36 (including VAT) submission fee. Once your payment has gone through you
will receive a receipt with a transaction ID from PayPal. You may return to submit your entry (one file only, consisting of the novel opening and the synopsis) at any point until the submission deadline.
You will need to submit your PayPal transaction ID along with your entry so they can confirm that all entries have been paid for. If your name differs significantly from the PayPal account holder’s, please use
the space PayPal provide to cite your name and the title of your entry. If you experience any problems with the process, please email
What’s happening:The Rules. The CWA Daggers are the most coveted awards in crime-writing, and The
DEBUT DAGGER is now open for writers to enter the 2020 competition!For over two decades the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers.
The submissions are judged by a panel of top crime editors and agents, and all shortlisted entries are sent to UK agents and publishers who take crime fiction. All shortlisted Debut Dagger entrants receive feedback from the judges about their entries.
The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not had a full-length novel published by a traditional publisher and who at the time of the competition closing on the last day of February has not got a contract with a publisher or literary agent. Independently published authors, provided they fulfil the criteria above, are eligible to
The international competition is for the opening of a crime novel not exceeding 3,000 words and a synopsis of up to 1,500 words. You do not need to have completed the novel in order to enter. For encouragement and information, read about previous Debut Dagger successes and check out the very latest Crime Writing Tips.
Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be brought to the attention of leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over
two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors. For their stories, see our Debuts web page – and visit the page for crime writing tips too. Several tips are written by the readers for the
Debut Dagger competition so it’s worth getting ahead by taking a look.
Entering the Debut Dagger is more than just entering a competition. You can also join the community
via the Facebook Group giving you the opportunity
to ask questions, share your experiences and help out your fellow writers. You might also like to sign up to the Debuts mailing list to get regular information about events, authors, crime-writing process and competitions via the CRA Newsletter, as well as the fabulous ezine Case Files, showcasing the latest crime writing
The Prize: Would-be crime novelists dream about winning this one.
There’s no denying that even being shortlisted brings your work to the attention of literary agents and publishers. There is exposure in the national media and publishing industry as well as coverage of the extensive CWA digital network.
All shortlisted entrants will receive feedback from the judges about their entries. Do you win money as well as glory? Yes – there’s £500 for the winner. Copyright remains
with the entrant.
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