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CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

Article by Site Editor © 9 January 2014 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

The Crime Writers Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open to all and the CWA encourage entrants from both published and unpublished writers.

There are two key requirements – the first is that this must be an UNPUBLISHED short story; the second that it fits Margery’s definition of a mystery: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 CWA are very grateful to the Margery Allingham Society for 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 HERE. Online entry is a two-stage process. First you fill out the entry form and pay the online entry fee of £10.00 via their payment service, which is provided by PayPal. The CWA will then email you a receipt which you reply to, attaching your entry.

Ensure you read the terms and conditions before entering. The format of the story must adhere to the following rules:

  • Typed in Arial 12 pt black font
  • Double-spaced
  • Hard returns between paragraphs (NO indentations anywhere please and NO page numbers)
  • The name of the author must not appear anywhere within the story
  • The name of the story and word count to be included within the header on every page.