03 Sep 2020

Mystery short story competition – winners to be announced on 15 September

The winners of this year’s mystery short story competition for children and young people who are aged 8 to 18 and resident or schooled in Devon will be announced on the Festival’s YouTube channel at 6pm on 15 September 2020.

The standard of entries in both categories was exceptionally high this year and the judges had a very challenging task. 

Martin Edwards, President of the Detection Club and author of more than twenty books, will announce the winning stories and the names of the winners and runners up in the two categories.

The competition judges were Dee Lalljee, manager of Crediton Community Bookshop, and the authors John Curran and Patrice Lawrence.

The competition sponsors were PKF Francis Clark, HarperCollins UK and Wollens Solicitors Torquay

The Festival’s partners worked hard to raise awareness of the competition, leading to a record number of entries this year. These include Devon Arts In Schools Initiative Arts, DoorstepArts, Libraries Unlimited, LiteratureWorks, Onyx Media & Communications Ltd and The Torbay Weekly. 

The International Agatha Christie Festival is supported by Arts Council England and, among others, the Linbury Trust which provide financial support for the Festival and Festival projects.

Because of the pandemic, the 2020 International Agatha Christie Festival was cancelled earlier this year. However, in view of the huge response, next year’s Festival has been expanded to seven days and will run from 11 to 18 September 2021. In addition, the Festival organisers have decided to go ahead with a virtual Festival which will happen on YouTube on 15 September 2020, the 130th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth.

Fans are advised to subscribe to the Festival’s YouTube channel. On 15 September, various events will be available including an exclusive interview with Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, a fascinating talk by the Christie authority, Dr Mark Aldridge and much more besides.

Details of the 2021 Festival, and how to buy tickets, will be announced early next year on social media – @AgathaFestival – and on our website, www.iacf-uk.org