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Win a Crime Writing Retreat!

March 6, 2017
Fancy turning your hand to crime? Well, the Crime Writing Retreat is a great place to start and it is taking place from June 24-27 in West Bay, Dorset and there will be crime writing masterclasses from the best-selling author of the Social Media Murder Series, Angela Clarke. Get the full info on the retreat here. How can you win a place at the Crime Writing Retreat? Easy! Send in your crime-themed flash fictions (300-1,000 words) by the deadline and a winner will be chosen from all entries. All entries must be sent through Submittable using the button below. Entry fee: £10 Deadline: 26th March 2017 Competition T&Cs Submit stories written in English by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included) Maximum word count is 1,000 (minimum 300 words) not including the title Do not include your name on the story or the submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email. Stories are judged anonymously so if you do include your name where it can be seen then we’re afraid it will be disqualified. Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print By entering the competition you agree to your story being published on the Retreat West website and to attend the writing retreat Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction You can enter as many times as you like but each entry must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time The prize is a place at the writing retreat as detailed and is not transferable and there is no cash alternative The judge’s decision is final