Creative writing competition: The Plaza Crime First Chapters Prize 2024


13 November 2023
Win a £1,500 first prize for the opening of a crime novel up to 5,000 words

The Plaza Crime First Chapters Prize is inviting entries of the  beginning of an original, unpublished or self/indie published crime fiction manuscript in any crime sub-genre.

There is a first prize of £1,500 and second and third prizes of £300 and £100. The winner will also receive feedback from the judge, crime writer David Mark. Winners will be published in Plaza Anthology 2.

To enter, send the first 5,000 words and a synopsis.

The entry fee is £20 for the first entry and £10 for any subsequent entries.

The closing date is 31 January.

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For full details see the website.


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