Monday, 7 October 2013

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition


The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open to both published and unpublished writers around the world.

There are two key requirements – the first is that this must be an UNPUBLISHED short story; the second that it fits Margery’s definition of a mystery: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.”

Margery Allingham was an English crime writer best known for her detective stories featuring the gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. The Margery Allingham Society is sponsoring this competition.

The winner will receive £1,000 as well as other prizes to be announced nearer the time.

Stories must be no longer than 3,500 words and must be submitted before 4:00pm on Sunday, 16th March 2014. To enter please fill out the form on the CWA site. Please note that there is a £10 entry fee.

I know that many unpublished writers use November to try to write a novel of 50,000 words in an initiative called Nanowrimo. (I'm not sure how it's pronounced, either.) Some people have tremendous success and go on to publish the novel they started with Nanowrimo. For many people with family, work or other commitments, it's impossible to find the time to write 50,000 words in  a month. So perhaps, if you are one of them, you could instead set yourself the challenge of writing a story for the CWA Margery Allingham competition. It's not due in until March, and 3,500 is achievable - it's about 11 pages of double-spaced words.

If you decide to enter, good luck.

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