Friday, 12 July 2013

The Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition - Breaking News!

On Saturday The Telegraph and leading publisher Harvill Secker are joining forces to officially launch the most exciting new competition in crime fiction. The prize is a £5,000 book deal and, to help you win it, top authors such as Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell will be offering tips and advice in a series of exclusive online masterclasses according to Jake Kerridge. 

In his article in The telegraph on the competition he states "

Crime fiction is rather like cricket: the British like to think that they invented it and they certainly codified the rules. But other nations have embraced it and become equally adept – if not more so. The British currently have a world-class side, thanks in part – and here we leave the cricket comparison behind – to an indispensable contribution from the Scots. But brilliant teams are being fielded the world over. 

He goes on to state-

"We cannot be sure why crime fiction exerts the grip it does – perhaps because, as Dorothy L Sayers suggested, the form boasts an “Aristotelian perfection of beginning, middle and end” that comes less easily to other fiction – but there is no question that there are millions of readers who can’t escape from it, and don’t want to. As PG Wodehouse once said: “The most poignant bereavement of all [is] that of a man halfway through a detective story who finds himself at bedtime without the book.” If you think you have the kind of devious mind that could wield that sort of power over a reader, now’s your chance to prove it."

The full article can be read here.

How to enter the competition can be found here and the terms and conditions here.

As part of the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition, bestselling author Jo Nesbo offers tips and advice in the first of two exclusive online masterclasses.The first can be seen below-

Whilst the link to the second online masterclass can be found here.

As a prelude to Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival have a read of the Telegraph's Insider Guide!

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