Tuesday, 18 February 2014

New Crime Writing Prize

Literary Agents A M Heath have launched a new crime writing prize, called Criminal Lines, in association with writers' consultancy The Writers’ Workshop. The prize is open to debut authors born or resident in the UK and Ireland who do not yet have agents. Self-published authors can also enter. Any kind of crime, suspense or thriller novel is eligible, unless it has already been submitted to AM Heath.

The winner of the prize will receive £1,000 and the runner-up will receive entry into the Festival of Writing 2014, three-day event to help writers get published being held at York University in September. The prize will be judged by AM Heath agents Euan Thorneycroft and Oli Munson, and crime authors Harry Bingham, Mari Hannah and Samantha Hayes. All shortlisted writers will have the chance to meet Thorneycroft and Munson to discuss their work and may be offered representation.

Writers can enter the competition by sending the first 15,000 words of their novel and a synopsis of a maximum 800 words to criminallines@amheath.com by midnight on 5th May.

A shortlist of five novels will be announced on 2nd June, and the winner will be revealed on 1st July.

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