Sunday 17 September 2023

Scottish Crime Writing Prize for Unagented Writers

HQ Fiction and Bloody Scotland announce new Scottish Crime Writing Prize in Association with The Times and The Sunday Times in Sctland and 42 Managment 

HQ Fiction are thrilled to be launching a competition in partnership with The Times and The Sunday Times in Scotland, Bloody Scotland, and 42 Management and Production to find an unagented Scottish writer writing Scotland-set crime novels. For the purposes of the prize, a crime novel is eligible if the author was born, raised, is a permanent resident in, or has a strong and enduring connection to Scotland.

The judging panel comprises of author and Bloody Scotland board member Abir Mukherjee, Eugenie Furniss and Emily MacDonald from 42, David McCann, Deputy Editor for The Times and The Sunday Times Scotland, and HQ Fiction Publisher for crime and thrillers, Manpreet Grewal.

Entrants can enter the competition by submitting a 500-word synopsis along with the first 5,000-10,000 words of the manuscript and a 200-word author biography to Submissions are open from July 1st 2023 until 30th November 2023. The six-strong shortlist will be announced in January 2024, with the winner due to be announced in March 2024. The winner will have their book published by HQ. They will also receive a £10,000 advance, plus agent representation from 42.

For terms and conditions click here.


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