Timely Topic Crime Time Competition

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If you need to get away from the family and escape the festivities with a creative distraction, why not try our latest web-exclusive competition, this time with a crime theme?

The style of story and your approach are entirely open, but your entry must be 1,500-1,700 words.


The winner will receive £100 or a writing critique, and publication in a future Writing Magazine special

How To Enter

Submit your story, of 1,500-1,700 words, in a single doc, docx, txt, rtf, odt or pdf file, using the links below.

Competition Closing Date

This competition is open for entries until 23:59 14 January 2019. Entries submitted after this date cannot be accepted.

Terms & Conditions

1. Eligibility
Entry is open to any writer and entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant which is not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. There is no limit to number of entries. Entrants retain copyright in their manuscripts.

2. Entry Fees
Fee for each entry is £5. 

3. Manuscripts
Manuscripts can be uploaded in pdf, doc, docx and txt formats.
Short story manuscripts - please layout your entry in double spacing with a front page stating your name, address, phone number and email address. Please also state story title and word count.

4. Competition Judging
Competition judges will be appointed by Writing Magazine and their decision will be final, with no correspondence being entered into.

5. Notification
Winners will be notified within two months of closing date after which date unplaced entries may be submitted elsewhere. Winning entries may not be submitted elsewhere for twelve months after that date without permission of Writing Magazine who retain the right to publish winning entries in any form during those twelve months.