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Conditions of Entry:

  • All submissions must be made through the entry portal. We regret that entries sent to any of our contact e-mail addresses will not be considered.
  • Dark Skies Publishing will make all final decisions on eligibility. Decisions will be final, will refer to our stated criteria and no further communication will be entered into on the matter.
  • To be eligible, all submissions must have been made by 11:59 p.m. on 30th June 2023 via the awards website. Submissions received after this time will not be considered.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered or acknowledged.
  • Writers may only enter one submission to the prize. Multiple submissions will not be considered.
  • The submission must be the entrant’s own original work, and written as a single author.
  • If you are shortlisted for an award, you will be asked to prove your identity and place of residence, if relevant to your submission.
  • Dark Skies Publishing retains the right to withdraw and reclaim the financial value of the Prize if it is later discovered that a writer has made false representations about any aspect of their submission.
  • The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction is not open to employees or affiliates of Dark Skies Publishing or LJ Ross (the Sponsor).
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence or debate about the judging process will be entered into.
  • Shortlisted authors must be available to participate in media and PR for the Prize.
  • We reserve the right to vary the conditions of entry and make any changes to the schedule as are necessary.
  • As the Sponsor will readily attest, self-publishing is a successful form of publishing. Therefore, work that has already been self-published is not eligible for entry to the Prize, because all submissions must be unpublished in any form.
  • By entering your work for the Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction you are tacitly confirming to us that the work you are submitting is your own, and nobody else’s, and that you have read and agree to these Conditions of Entry.
  • We will inform all applicants to the Prize, whether successful or unsuccessful, to inform them of the outcome of their application once the judging process is complete.
  • We regret that, owing to the large volume of applications, we are unable to enter into individual correspondence with writers about submissions that have not been shortlisted, or give individual feedback on every submission.
  • If you have any further queries about the Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction, please refer in the first instance to Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find an answer to your query, please e-mail us at and we will try to respond as quickly as possible.

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