Britain’s Next Best Seller & Scriggler.com Short Story Competition

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Scriggler.com and Britains Next Best Seller launched their latest short story competition this week, looking for the best 10 crime/thriller short stories to feature in a compilation book.

The 10 shortlisted authors will get a crowdfunding campaign that may see their story published and sold around the world. All author royalties earned from the book sales will be donated to “The Hope Academy for Girls” — a self-sustaining, multi-purpose school for at-risk girls in the rural area of Sierra Leone. So not only could you get to see your work in print, but you could help to fund the education of young girls in West Africa, without a doubt a very worthy cause.

The competition runs from 1st December 2014 until 31st January 2015 and is open to ALL authors from ANY country. Remember, the theme is crime/thriller and ideally word count should not exceed 7,500 words. 

The overall winner will also see their story’s title chosen as the compilation’s title.

Rules of Entry

  • Participants need to register and publish their entries on Scriggler.com
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Entry is not limited to UK residents. Authors can be based in any country for the purposes of this competition.
  • Only entire stories would be considered, no extracts.
  • Word count should not exceed 7,500 words.
  • While authors keep their rights when publishing on Scriggler, the purpose of the contest is to compile and publish a book of short stories and winning authors would be expected to enter into an agreement with BNBS. Please consider this when entering.

Further information including introductions to BNBS, Scriggler.com, and what will happen to all entries once submitted can be found on the Scriggler.com website here.

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Crime & Publishment goes for the hat trick

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C&P Whilst we are talking about crime writing courses for 2015, It would be a crime *groan* not to remind you of Crime & Publishment 2015 at The Mill Forge, Gretna Green.

As Crime writing courses go, you can’t get much more successful than Crime and Publishment, in the two years it’s been running it has seen two of its attendees awarded publishing contracts.

March 6th – 8th 2015, sees it return for its third successive year and features lessons from some great authors including Caro Ramsay, RC Bridgestock & Tom Cain.

You’ll also get a chance to pitch your novel to an agent and you never know you may just be the next successful attendee.

More details can be found on their website crimeandpublishment.co.uk  and for an insight into the weekend and how it works, check out our feature by founder Graham Smith on the 2014 event.

To book your place on this fantastic crime writing masterclass email crime@themill.co.uk or call 01461 800344.

Latest New Crime Writing Weekend – Carlisle, June 2015

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cw_logo_bigFor those aspiring writers amongst you there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to creative writing events specifically aimed at writing Crime Fiction.

Recently launched, The City of Carlisle are holding their first ever crime writing weekend during June next year.   Over thirty top crime writers will be hosting events at The Old Fire Station, the city’s new arts centre, due to open in spring 2015.

So far there are fourteen events planned over the course of the three day weekend including

  • Cumbria – Cosy or Criminal?
  • Northern Noir
  • Historical Crime
  • The Murder Squad
  • Femmes Fatales
  • Get Forensics Down Here!
  • Female Detectives
  • Talking Sherlock
  • Dramatising Sherlock
  • Fact vs Fiction
  • Tartan Noir

Further details of the weekend, events, participating authors and help with accommodation if you fancy staying locally can all be found at crimeweekend.carlisle.city  Tickets to events are due to go on sale at the end of November.