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Crime Novel Competition - Win £25

Read the winner of our Book Review competition

To encourage you to write and give you practice at entering competitions we run a student only competition twice a year. It's free to enter and the winner will receive a £25 prize paid by cheque (UK students only) or through PayPal or as an Amazon Voucher but, if you have outstanding course fees we'll take it off your next instalment. Also, the winner will be published on our blog.

This time we’d like you to give us the title and first two paragraphs (up to 300 words) of a crime novel. What sort of crime novel is up to you. It could be a gritty dark thriller, a cosy detective story or even a courtroom drama. It’s up to you. But what it should do is leave us gagging to read more.

Good luck and enjoy the challenge.

The closing date for this competition is 31st July 2019 so you’ve got plenty of time to get your entry in. Remember, there’s no entry fee for this competition but make sure to include your student number along with your name.

Send your entry to:

or by post to:

Student Only Writing Competition
8-10 Dutton Street
Manchester M3 1LE

Please read the following rules carefully before submitting your entry.

1. All work must be in English.

2. Your entry should be your own work and should not have been previously published.

3. Your two paragraphs must not exceed 300 words (not including the title).

4. Copyright remains with the author but prize winners must give permission to include the work on The Writers Bureau blog.

5. Entries cannot be returned to contestants; so please keep a copy.

6. Winners will be notified individually.

7. Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.

8. Only The Writers Bureau students (past and present) are eligible to enter the competition.

9. The Judge will be Susie Busby Principal of The Writers Bureau. [NB: The Writers Bureau reserves the right to change the judges without notice.]

The Closing Date is 31st July 2019