We are pleased to announce the the Harvill Secker crime writing competition for BAME writers is now open, in partnership with Bloody Scotland.

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The prize will be judged by award-winning Harvill Secker author and Bloody Scotland committee member Abir Mukherjee; creator of the bestselling Shetland and Vera series, Ann Cleeves; journalist and co-founder of BAME in Publishing, Sarah Shaffi; and Harvill Secker Editorial Director Jade Chandler.

Entrants to the competition will be asked to submit the first 5,000 words of their crime novel, along with a full plot outline.

Entries are now open and will run until the 9th of September 2018, with the winner announced in November 2018.

The winner will have their book published, under the Harvill Secker imprint, in a publishing deal with an advance of £5,000. The winner will also receive perks alongside their publishing contract, including a panel appearance at the Bloody Scotland festival in 2019 (this year’s dates are 21st-23rd September) and a series of three one-to-one mentoring sessions with Abir Mukherjee. Arvon – now in their 50th year – also joins the competition as a sponsor and is offering the winner the chance to attend any one of their creative writing courses or writing retreats in 2019.