26 May 2019

IACF launches Mystery Short Story Writing Competition

In a collaboration between the International Agatha Christie Festival, Literature Works and Libraries Unlimited, aspiring mystery writers between the ages of 8-18 are invited to write and submit a short story of no more than 1000 words by the closing date of Sunday 10th August.

Designed to encourage creative imagination and nurture future writing talent in Devon, the competition has two categories open to entrants with stories being judged by a panel led by acclaimed author of the new Hercule Poirot novels, Sophie Hannah. They’ll be looking for originality, imagination and creativity; characterisation; inventiveness of plot, in particular how clues are laid for the reader and the plot resolved and above all their ability to tell a story, capture the reader and hold their attention.

The winners will be announced during Sophie’s appearance at the International Agatha Christie Festival on Saturday 14th September 2019. They will then be given the opportunity to read their stories to the audience and if that wasn’t enough of a prize they’ll also win an Apple iPad Mini and the chance to meet a lineup of crime writers.

The competition is free to enter and open to all young people who live or go to school or college in Torbay or the county of Devon.

The two categories of entry are:

Category One: if you are aged between 8 and 13 years of age in August 2019

Category Two: if you are aged between 14 and 18 years of age in August 2019

Throughout the summer,libraries across Devon will be hosting creative writing workshops to help inspire the young writers.

“We’re delighted to be launching this new competition to nurture, inspire and celebrate creativity and creative-writing amongst young people in Devon.

“The South West has an extraordinary history of inspiring some of the most influential and famous writers of English literature across the world, and we are delighted to be working with Libraries Unlimited and Literature Works and all the libraries in the county to encourage a new generation of story-writers to create brilliant stories.” – James Tyson, Director, International Agatha Christie Festival

Agatha Christie was born, grew up, and returned to Torquay and South Devon throughout her life.The International Agatha Christie Festival celebrates her work and life, presenting both a year-round programme of artist and writer residences, commissions and collaborative projects, as well as an annual festival each September to celebrate her birthday, 15th September. The International Agatha Christie Festival returns to Torbay between 12-15 September 2019.

For more information on how you can enter the writing competition please click here