No Exit Press has released the longlist for its short story writing competition.
Devised as part of the celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of Oldcastle Books, which runs the imprint No Exit Press, the competition was open to any unpublished writer with a passion for crime fiction. No Exit Press was seeking to find “strong, compelling writing that resonates long after the final page” in the submissions, which it said epitomised its already published list.
The longlisted authors are: Rachel Wolfreys for "Vagrant Heart", Phillip Willans for "The Suspect", Niamh Brennan for "The Barking Crow", Marie Henderson-Brennan for "The Power of Four", Eric Johnson for "Clay", Ian Robinson for "Rubicon", Liz Kershaw for "The Valentine Murders", Sarah Maclean for "A Piece" and Tom Leins for "The Brief History of Bad Men".
The judging panel, headed by Oldcastle Books m.d. Ion Mills, includes bestselling author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series, Leigh Russell; A is for Authors literary agent Annette Crossland and Barry Forshaw, author of Nordic Noir and Euro Noir.
The shortlist will be announced on 1st September and the winner on 1st November.
The winner will have the opportunity to meet with Barry Forshaw, Leigh Russell and Annette Crossland, with the possibility of being signed by No Exit Press.
All writers who make the shortlist will receive feedback on their submission.