Monday, 10 January 2011

The CWA launch the second Young Crime Writers' Competition to find the UK's Best Young Crime Writer

The best young crime writers in the UK are being sought out in a national competition launched by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and sponsored by CRIMEFEST, an International crime convention held in Britain.

Organised by the CWA, which represents the interests of published crime writers, and library authorities nationwide the competition will appeal to writers aged up to 18 (born on or after September 1, 1992). Stories should be submitted between January 10 and February 18 and the word limit is 1,000. They must be entered through participating libraries across Britain.

The entries will be judged by members of the CWA and local winners will be considered for the national prize to be announced during National CrimeWriting Week, which starts on June 13.

CWA Chair Tom Harper said: “Many of the UK's biggest crime writers got the bug from books they read as children, whether it was Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, the Famous Five or Alex Rider. For the second year running, the Young Crime Writers Competition gives budding authors the chance to dive into a world of suspense, mystery, excitement - and fun.”

Crime writer, Pauline Rowson, author of the marine mystery series featuring Inspector Andy Horton, is the judge for the South Coast of England. Pauline Rowson says, ‘This is a great opportunity for young people to create their own murder mystery or thriller.  Last year the stories were outstanding and it was a tough competition to judge.  I’m looking forward to reading this year’s entries.’

There is more information on Pauline Rowson's web site which also gives details of the participating libraries in the south of England. 

For press enquiries or more information on the CWA, please visit the http://www.thecwa.co.uk/, or contact media.enquiries@thecwa.co.uk

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