The Crime Readers' Association

CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

18th September 2013

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is now open. We encourage both published and unpublished writers to enter their short stories, up to 3500 words. The winner will receive £1,000 as well as other prizes to be announced nearer the time.

There are two key requirements – the first is that this must be an UNPUBLISHED short story; the second that it fits Margery’s definition of a mystery:

“The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.”

Margery Allingham was an English crime writer best known for her detective stories featuring the gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. We are very grateful to the Margery Allingham Society for sponsoring this competition.

Full details of how to enter via the Crime Writers’ Association website

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