Oldcastle Books is launching a new short story competition for its crime fiction imprint No Exit Press as part of Oldcastle’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
The competition will launch on 25th May to mark the publication of Leigh Russell’s latest novel, Killer Plan. It will be open to any unpublished writer with a passion for crime fiction of any genre. There is a £5 entry fee and stories must be no longer than 3,000 words and written in English.
The judging panel for the prize will be headed by Oldcastle m.d. Ion Mills, who will sit alongside Leigh Russell, author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series, A is for Authors literary agent Annette Crossland, and noir critic Barry Forshaw. They are looking for original voices and “strong, compelling writing that resonates long after the final page”.
Mills said of the competition: “After 30 years of our business, it seems the right time to initiate a new project for No Exit Press, reaching new writers directly and finding that vibrant voice to champion and work with in the future.”
Russell added: “Having been taken on by No Exit Press seven years ago, I have experienced first-hand the enthusiasm and support that this team gives to emerging talents in the crime genre. It is an absolute delight being able to participate in this exciting experience and I look forward to discovering new talent to join the crime writing community.”
Submissions will be open from 25th May to 22nd June via an online form with the longlist announced on 20th July and the shortlist revealed on 1st September. All shortlisted entrants will receive feedback on their submission and the winner, who will be announced on 1st November, will have the opportunity to meet with Forshaw, Russell and Crossland, with the possibility of being signed by No Exit Press.