Liz Kershaw's "The Valentine Murders" has won No Exit Press’ 2015 short story competition.
The judges, who were unanimous in their verdict, praised Kershaw as a “distinctive new voice that makes an instant mark” and said the story had an “intriguing, pacy plot”.
Devised as part of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of Oldcastle Books', which runs the imprint No Exit Press, the competition was open to any unpublished writer with a passion for crime fiction with the intention of finding "original voices that epitomise the No Exit Press List: strong, compelling writing that resonates long after the final page."
The judging panel, headed by Oldcastle Books m.d. Ion Mills, included bestselling author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series, Leigh Russell; A is for Authors literary agent, Annette Crossland and critic and author Barry Forshaw.
The three shortlisted stories were "Rubicon" by Ian Robinson, "The Power of Four" by Marie Henderson-Brennan and "The Valentine Murders" by Liz Kershaw.