Audible and H&S to sponsor Crimefest

Audible and Hodder &amp; Stoughton are to sponsor prizes at next year&#39;s CrimeFest, while the registration fees are increasing.<br /><br />The registration fees for attendees are based on a sliding scale according to how close to the festival tickets are bought. The maximum ticket price is up from &pound;115 last year to &pound;120.<br /><br />Hodder will sponsor a pre-Gala drinks reception for all delegates as a launch of their Mulholland Books thriller fiction imprint, while Audible will provide &pound;1,000 prizes for the winners of the Sounds of Crime Awards for best abridged and unabridged crime audiobooks. The prize money will be split evenly between the author and reader of each awards category.<br /><br />The annual crime fiction convention will take place from 19th-22nd May 2011 in Bristol. Author Deon Meyer is lined up as one of the guest authors, while toastmaster will be author Don Winslow.<br /><br />The awards also comprise the &pound;500 eDunnit Award for best crime e-book, with the winner also receiving a Sony e-reader and the &pound;500 Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel, sponsored by Goldsboro Books. All winners also receive a piece of Bristol Blue commemorative glass. The Times continues as the festival&#39;s media partner.