The Debut Dagger, in 2018 celebrating its 20th anniversary, is open for entries.
Please submit the first 3,000 words of a crime novel, plus synopsis (max 1,000 words).
The writer must never have had a traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel. Self-published novelists and their work are eligible.
Shortlisted authors have their work shown to literary agents and publishers
Full details, rules and entry portal are via the CWA website: www.thecwa.co.uk.
Closing date: 28 Feb 2018
Longlist announced: CrimeFest in May 2018; shortlist: summer 2018; winner: October 2018
Mini Critiques from the CWA Criminal Critiques service can help - see under Criminal Critiques https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/criminal-critiques/
Winners and shortlisted writers of the Debut Dagger often go on to secure publishing contracts.
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