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It’s all go on the competition front this month!  Recently announced is Ireland’s Sunday Business Post’s short story competition with a whopping €2,000 prize up for grabs!

The Sunday Business Post is proud to announce its inaugural Short Story Prize in conjunction with Penguin Ireland

We are seeking short stories of up to 5,000 words for our inaugural SBP / Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize. Entrants must be Irish by residence or citizenship. The prize winner will receive a cash award of €2,000, with second and third place awards of €500 and €250 respectively.

Entries must be original short stories, in English, of 5,000 words or less. Any work that has been previously published and / or broadcast, or that is published or broadcast before February 21, 2016, will be disqualified.

Entry is restricted to residents and citizens of Ireland, and the deadline for entries is 5pm on December 23, 2015.  Full details on rules of entry can be found on their website.

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Myriad First Drafts Competition 2016: First Crimes

Fancy a chance at winning a week long writing retreat and six months with a Myriad author as a mentor?  Then look no further. The competition has a proven track record in launching writers who have gone on to enjoy creative and commercial success. Myriad has published several writers brought to its attention through the competition in previous years, including Lisa Cutts, whose crime debut Never Forget has been optioned by a major TV company.


Myriad and West Dean College invite previously unpublished writers to submit entries of up to 5,000 words from a crime novel or crime short story collection in progress. This year the competition will focus exclusively on crime and thrillers in celebration of the genre. The competition will be judged by an all-star judging panel of internationally bestselling crime authors

Now in its seventh year, the competition (formerly the Writer’s Retreat Competition) recognises promising work-in-progress, be it a short story collection or the first few chapters of a novel. The competition is open to all writers who have not yet published or self-published a collection of stories or a novel.

The prize is a week-long writing retreat in the luxurious surroundings of West Dean College near Chichester, as well as detailed editorial feedback from the judges and six months’ mentoring from a Myriad author.

Myriad’s First Drafts Competition is at the heart of our mission to discover and nurture bold and exciting new writers. There are very few competitions for a work-in-progress and this is a brilliant opportunity for aspiring authors to get their work noticed by publishers and agents.


The competition closes on the 31st March 2016, so you have plenty time to think about getting your submission in.  Entry costs £10, and you are restricted to only one entry per person.  The complete rules of entry and full details on submissions can be found on the Myriad website

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CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition – Closing soon




The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition was set up in 2013 to and is an annual competition to celebrate the short story and Margery Allingham’s contribution to crime writing.

The competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors and is for UNPUBLISHED short stories of up to 3,500 words.

The winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of The Margery Allingham Society who sponsor this prize.

Entries cost £10 and the deadline for submission is 6:00pm on 16th March 2015(GMT).

Further information on the competition and details on how to submit your entry can be found on the CWA Website

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Crime and Publishment is what you need…

Just finished NaNoWriMo?

Embarking on your novel and need some expert advice?

Still got that trunk novel under your bed you feel like digging out but you’re not sure what to do next?

Want some expert advice and an opportunity to pitch to an agent?

You can find the answers to all your questions and more available here….


Crime & Publishment is a two day course for writers, by writers, agents and industry insiders and will be held at The Mill Forge hotel, just outside Gretna Green from March 7th – 9th 2014.

They are also running a competition to win a complete package to attend the weekend.  To enter all you need to do is submit your 2,000 word short crime story or the first 2,000 words of your opening chapter.

You can find all the details you need here.

I was around at the Mill for Crime and Publishment last year and can guarantee you will have a have a fabulous weekend, with great opportunities to learn, improve and network in a relaxed encouraging and informative atmosphere. Above all that it will be fun.

So if you want to win that weekend get your writing caps on because the competition closes on the 31st December, and if you don’t win, just book it up, because it’s an experience you will never forget.