Alibi Search for a New Crime Writer Winner

crimewriter

At last month’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, the winner of Alibi’s search for a new crime writer was announced. The culmination of the search, which was launched at the beginning of the year, ended with a short yet perfectly formed ceremony attended by the likes of Stuart MacBride and R.J. Ellory.

Alibi TV in partnership with HarperCollins, TV Times, the Reading Agency and the festival started a hunt to find a new voice in crime fiction back in January. Entrants were tasked with putting together a short story no longer than 5,000 words that had to start with the opening line provided by the rather wonderful Stuart MacBride, chair of this year’s festival.

‘In my experience, those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it’

Armed with the opening line, pens were put to paper and fingers to keyboards to produce a fantastic selection of stories. There was an overwhelming response to the competition with over 700 stories submitted. After a public and judges vote the winner was announced as David Jack Smith with his tale FOX.

If you’d like to read David’s story please click right and select save on the following link FOX by David Jack Smith

Other Articles

DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A CRIME NOVEL?

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… Read More

All the events from the crime authors you love

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… Read More

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

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… Read More