Aspiring young writers are being encouraged to get their imaginations working and enter a competition launched by Bath & North East Somerset Council.
The Young Crime Writers’ Competition is open to anyone who will be aged 17 or under on 10th February 2017.
The story must have a crime theme. Young writers will need to think about who the victim is. Who committed the crime? What was the crime? Whose point of view will the story be told from?
Entries must be typewritten and no more than 1,000 words in length. The closing date is Friday 10th February 2017.
The judging panel is made up of children’s writer Nigel Smith, representing Bath Spa University’s department of Creative Writing; Sandy Osborne, a writer and serving police officer; crime writers Jeff Dowson and David Lassman, as well as representatives from the Council’s Library Service.
Cllr Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “This is such a great opportunity for young writers to showcase their talent. As well as the chance to win prizes, we’ll be publishing all the winning entries on the Council’s website.”
Winners will be presented at an award ceremony at Bath Central Library on Wednesday 5th April.
The first prize-winner will receive a trophy, funded by the Bath Chronicle. First, second and third prize-winners will receive book tokens and books from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights.
There will also be a further five Highly Commended entries, all of which will receive a certificate.
The competition is open to anyone living in Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire or Bristol.
Full details of the competition rules can be found at: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/youngwriterscomp