Are you an aspiring crime writer?

We’re inviting new writers to pitch their debut novel to us in 100 words. We’ll then shortlist up to ten and invite the finalists to the festival to deliver their pitch in person. On the day finalists will have three minutes to sell their idea to a panel of experts including literary agent Mark Stanton of Jenny Brown Associates, editor Alison Hennessey from Harvill Secker and last year’s winner (and Waterstones Crime Fiction buyer) Joseph Knobbs. As well as receiving feedback the finalists are also in with a chance to win some great prizes.

You can find out about last years event and listen again by clicking here. We’ll also be posting tips over the next few weeks.

The deadline for entries is Thursday 1 August and you can enter by filling in the form below: