I’m delighted to announce that one of my stories has been shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition. The winner will be announced in two and a half weeks’ time at CrimeFest, the international crime fiction festival held in Bristol from 15th to 18th May 2014.
Margery Allingham (1904–1966) was one of the Golden Age “Queens of Crime” along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Ngaio Marsh. She is probably best known for her detective stories featuring the gentleman sleuth Albert Campion.
The competition bearing her name had a particular requirement: that the winning entry should fit Margery Allingham’s definition of a mystery:
“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.”
The winning author will receive a prize, sponsored by the Margery Allingham Society, of £1,000. Regardless of whether I win the prize or not, it’s an honour to have been shortlisted, and to have my work recognised in this way.