Northern Crime Competition

13th March 2014

The Northern Crime Competition is looking for a new crop of corpses, criminals and coppers.

Do you have a detective who could out-think Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope or a journalist more tragically tenacious than David Peace’s Eddie Dunford? Then enter the Northern Crime Competition.
The innovative literary competition unearths and publishes exciting new crime writing from writers who live and work in the North of England. After huge success with our first group of writers, we’re looking for our new recruits.

Last year Moth published the winning books from the inaugural 2012 Northern Crime competition: Rebecca Muddiman’s Stolen, Helen Cadbury’s To Catch a Rabbit, Alfie Crow’s Rant and Michael Donovan’s Behind Closed Doors.
Written by debut authors, the Moth books sold over 50,000 ebook and print copies in a year and garnered widespread critical praise from reviewers and readers.

Now Moth Publishing is looking for fresh new voices, more great stories with strong characters, and fiction that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the genre. This year, for the first time, we are also looking for short stories to publish in the Northern Crime Short Story Anthology.

The winning novels will be published in print and as ebooks in 2015. The winning writers will receive a standard publishing contract, a £1,000 advance, and support to editorially develop their work. They will also enjoy a marketing and PR campaign to support the publication of their books. Short story winners will get £100 and their story published in the very first Northern Crime Short Story Anthology.

So take your detective novel off desktop duty and get him back on those literary streets, by submitting to the Northern Crime Competition at

Deadline for entries is Friday 29 August.


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