New crime and short story prizes

<p>Two literary festivals have launched literary prizes for crime novels and short stories. The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival will spin off an annual crime fiction prize, while the Munster Literature Centre in Ireland will host a &#8364;50,000 (&#163;33,200) short story award in 2005.

The Theakston's Old Peculier Prize for crime novel of the year will be worth &#163;3,000 and given for the first time at Harrogate next year. A 20-strong longlist will be chosen in April by staff from the official bookseller Ottakar's, then reduced to six in June by public voting. Two books will go forward ...

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