DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A CRIME NOVEL?

Category: Competitions

We want to hear from you!

HarperFiction is proud to launch Killing It: The Killer Reads Competition for undiscovered writers. All you need is a good idea, a passion for the dark side and a dollop of determination!

Launching at the start of 2021 on January  7th, this is a competition to help push open doors to crime writers who need a way into the publishing industry. All you need to do to enter is send us the first 10,000 words of your crime, thriller or suspense novel, a short synopsis, and a short paragraph about yourself, too. We want to get to know you!

We encourage submissions from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic writers in particular.

If you are looking for a place to start, here’s a sentence to start you off: ‘The body was lying in the snow, covered in a smattering of dead leaves.’ You do not have to use this prompt but it’s there if you need it!

Three winners will be chosen to receive:

Editorial reports from HarperFiction crime editors on their full manuscripts, covering pace, characterisation, pitch, and more.

Editorial mentoring (up to three one-hour sessions) with a HarperFiction crime editor. 

The competition will be judged by HarperFiction Editorial Director Phoebe Morgan, Commissioning Editor Kathryn Cheshire, Assistant Editor Sophie Churcher, and Ayo Onatade, a crime critic and the former chair of the Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger.

To enter please send the following to: crimesubmissions@harpercollins.co.uk

The first 10,000 words of your crime, thriller or suspense novel (your book needs to be complete or near-complete to enter)

A short synopsis (max. 500 words)

A short paragraph about yourself

Please read our full terms and conditions before sending your entry, here.

NB: Winning the competition does not guarantee publication by HarperCollins UK.

All the events from the crime authors you love

Category: News

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HarperCollins has launched BookGig, a publisher agnostic online events platform that aims to connect authors with new and existing readers following the growth in live author events.

Want to meet your favourite author? Get a book signed? Hear them debate the merits of cosy crime versus serial killers? The website will feature author events across the UK, giving details of talks, signings, Q&A sessions, readings and hands-on workshops. Such a great idea!

Find out more about the offering on the BookGig website.

The Invisible Guardian is becoming a film! First production still released.

Category: News

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Fans of the acclaimed trilogy by Dolores Redondo — with the first of the English translation in the series currently out in the UK — will be pleased to hear that filming has begun for The Invisible Guardian.  Filming locations include Elizondo, which is the actual village where the series takes place. The books are set in the Basque region of Spain, which is renowned for its rolling hills, picturesque towns, and mythological beliefs tied to the land. You can be sure to expect dramatic imagery with scenes of perplexing crime and dark mystery. The Invisible Guardian follows the investigation of a murder led by an inspector who is inherently tied to the case due to her childhood connection to the region. Torn between the rational, procedural part of her job and local myths and superstitions, Amaia Salazar has to fight off the demons of her past in order to confront the reality of a serial killer at loose in a region steeped in the history of the Spanish Inquisition. Hot on the heels of the initial filming is the release of the English translation of the second installment The Legacy of Bones, due out on August 25th 2016.

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