Bloomsbury launches crime story competition

Bloomsbury has launched a short story competition for crime writers in association with the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, called Short Sentence.

Every other month, from now until November, a Bloomsbury crime author will write an original short story for the Short Sentence website, with budding crime authors to then submit their stories on the same theme. The first theme is "deception", set by a story titled "Who's Calling?" by Parker Bilal.

Entries will be whittled down to a shortlist of five every other month, with an editorial team at Bloomsbury, headed by fiction editorial director Helen Garnons-Williams and editor Erica Jarnes, to make the selection. A winner will be picked from each shortlist, to be featured on the site, from now until November, with all the winning stories to be published as a Short Sentence e-book along with the Bloomsbury authors' stories.

Authors taking part will include Conor Fitzgerald, Anne Zouroudi, Tom Mogford and James Runcie.

The overall winner will be announced during National Short Story Week which runs from 12th to 18th November 2012, and will win a place at the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook conference for 2013 and a Weekend Rover Ticket for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2013 in Harrogate.