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The Harvill Secker-Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Award 2021

Harvill Secker and Bloody Scotland are once again teaming up to find the most exciting new crime fiction by writers of colour.

The prize will be judged by the author of debut novel The Waiter, and the winner of the inaugural competition, Ajay Chowdhury; journalist Paula Akpan; Words of Colour’s Creative Producer Heather Marks and Harvill Secker Editorial Director Jade Chandler.

The winner of the Harvill Secker-Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Award will have their book published under the Harvill Secker imprint, in a publishing deal with an advance of £5,000. The prize package will also include a panel appearance and guest pass at the Bloody Scotland festival. The Arvon Foundation is also supporting the competition as a sponsor, and are offering the winner the invaluable chance to attend any one of their creative writing courses for free.

Entrants to the competition must submit the first 5,000 words of their crime novel, along with a full plot outline. The award is now open to entries until the 4 August 2021, with the winner announced in late September 2021.

Get involved

Please visit the Penguin website to find out more about the competition and to submit an entry.


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