Faber and Stylist magazine have picked a winner in their crime fiction competition, with the publisher preparing to release the winning novel next year.
Kate Griffin, a former journalist and PR for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, won the competition after submitting 6,000 words of her story, Kitty Peck and The Music Hall Murders.
Her entry is based around Wiltons Music Hall in the East End, and a series of murky Victorian crimes. The 49-year-old from St Albans is now completing the book with Faber planning to publish it in July next year.
She said: “I’m incredibly excited and daunted about finishing the novel. My husband is also thrilled. I keep catching him looking at holiday flats in Cornwall.”
Stylist and Faber launched the competition eight months ago, drawing 364 entries. Crime writer Ruth Rendell and Stylist editor Lisa Smosarski judged the winners over three days.
The runner up was Alexis Rigg, a 29-year-old from London, who wins a writing course at the Faber Academy to develop her book, Markers, a high-concept thriller.