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31 January 2024

The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction 2024 is now open for entries!


The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction (The Lindisfarne Prize) is a literary prize which recognises outstanding writing in the genre of crime or thriller fiction, sponsored by the author L J Ross through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing.

The Prize is open to all writers resident in the UK whose work celebrates the North East of England, and who have not previously had their submission published in any form (though they might have had other stories published before).

To be considered, entrants must submit a short story of no more than ten thousand words or the first two chapters and a synopsis of their work in progress.

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £2,500 to support the completion of their work and funding towards a year’s membership of both the Society of Authors (SoA) and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

Entries are open from midnight on 31st January 2024 and will close at 11:59pm on 30th June 2024, with the winner being announced in September.

The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction offers financial support but, more importantly, helps to build and maintain creative confidence for new, emerging and established writers in the genre.



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