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Wed, 04/10/2017

Do you think you are clued-up enough to have a go at writing a crime story? Could you come up with a good baddy? Are you able to make crime pay?

If you will be age 17 or under on February 9, 2018, then why not try your hand?

Bath & North East Somerset Library Service is offering aspiring Agatha Christies and could-be Conan Doyles their opportunity with the launch of the annual Young Crime Writers’ Competition on Monday, October 9 as part of National Libraries Week.

Who will your victim be? What was the motive? It’s all up to your imagination.

Pop into the library to pick up an entry form or log onto

The web page also contains a handy Crime Writers’ Handbook to get you started.

Councillor Karen Warrington, (Conservative, Clutton), Cabinet Member for Policy and Transformation said: “Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of who we are and encouraging children and young people to have a go at writing a crime story is a great way to get them to use their imagination and develop a lifelong love of books.”

Stories should be 1,000 words or less and have some sort of crime story theme. You need to be a B&NES Library Service member to take part. But if you’re not already a member you can join by popping into any of our libraries or join up on line.

There is no minimum age and age is taken into consideration during judging.


The competition is sponsored by The Bath Chronicle and Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. There is a Bath Chronicle trophy, and prizes including a Kindle, books and book tokens.

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