Saturday, 1 November 2008

Are you writing a crime novel?


This one's for you

The CWA Debut Dagger 2009
Go on, take a stab at it, send the opening chapter(s) – up to 3000 words – and a short synopsis (500-1000 words) of your proposed crime novel.

Who: The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially.

Prize: First prize is £500 plus two free tickets to the prestigious CWA Dagger Awards and night’s stay for two in a top London hotel. The winner’s work will be seen by leading agents and editors, who have signed up more than a dozen winners in addition to shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors. All shortlisted entrants will receive a generous selection of crime novels and professional assessments of their entries, and will also be invited to the Dagger Awards.

Fee: £25 (quite steep)

Submit: Between 1st November 2008 and 7th February 2009

You can enter online or by post.

The website also has some useful pages on what to write (and what not - a burlesque policeman anyone?) and how. Most of the tips apply to any genre, not just crime so check it out.

2 comments:

ML Smith said...

To Emerging Writer,

Oh, I write "crime" everyday. As an Op-Ed columnist, I write about crimes against humanity. It isn't difficult to come up with an idea.

Good luck, though. I hope you win!

ML Smith
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ML Smith said...

Good luck with your novel!


ML Smith
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