CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition
2018 winner: The Value of Vermin Control by Russell Day.
Congratulations to the shortlisted authors.
Because You’re Worth It by Christine Poulson
Dumplings by Alexandre Sadeghi
Finding Breda by Keith Porter
On Display by Alexandre Sadeghi
Three Ways by Rebecca Channon
The Value of Vermin Control by Russell Day
Welcome to the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition.
Our mission is to find the best unpublished short story – one that fits into legendary crime writer Margery’s definition of what makes a great story:
“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.”
The international competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors from all over the world – and is for short stories of up to 3,500 words. All that we ask is that the story has not been previously published, so whether you polish off a dusty draft or craft a brand new idea is totally up to you.
The Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is now closed. Thank you for your entries, and good luck.
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The winner receives a generous cash prize of £500 plus two weekend passes to CrimeFest 2019 and a selection of Margery Allingham-related books.
The winner is announced at CrimeFest 2018 in Bristol and shortlisted writers can buy tickets just to the ceremony if they prefer, when the CWA Dagger longlists are also announced. Email secretary[at symbol]thecwa.co.uk.