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Noirwich Micro Fiction Competition

Welcome to Norwich, the perfect location for a crime thriller. Norwich is a thriving cultural medieval city packed with over 1500 historic buildings, atmospheric alleyways, an abundance of secret gardens and churches as well as 21st century architecture.

Since 2012 Norwich has been England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. So with this in mind and Noirwich Crime Writing Festival (15-18 September) fast approaching we thought it only fitting to launch our first short-story crime fiction competition in celebration of the Festival's third anniversary. 

Maybe the winner of this fab competition will one day be joining the throng of published, multi-million bestselling authors at the Festival such as those at this year’s Festival; Ian Rankin, Peter James, Denise Mina, Dreda Say Mitchell, Sophie Hannah and many more.

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, 15 – 18 September takes place at the University of East Anglia, Dragon Hall and Writers’ Centre Norwich, with fringe events across the city. Tickets are available from The Festival partners are Dead Good Books, University of East Anglia and Writers’ Centre Norwich. 


The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival together with Norwich, the city of stories and intu Chapelfield have launched a new ‘micro-fiction’ competition to get us all writing.

The crime-themed stories of up to 500 words must be set in Norwich. Other than that there are no rules so let your darkest ideas run wild!

The overall winner will receive a £150 intu Gift Card from intu Chapelfield – to complete the essential crime-writer look – plus visitor attraction passes for the city, goody bags and publication on the City of Stories website. All shortlisted winners will be invited to The Bloody Brunch on Sunday 18 September - the final day of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, where the winner will be announced.


Entering the competition is quick and easy. You just need to submit your details & 500-word crime story by midnight on 1st August 2016. For full details on how to enter and full terms & conditions see HERE.


All shortlisted winners will receive an invitation to The Bloody Brunch, Sunday 18th September at Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall where the winner will be announced.

The winner will receive all of the following;

Winning short story will be published on Norwich, the city of stories blog.
Winner will be interviewed for a Q&A post on Norwich, the city of stories blog.
£150 intu gift-card from intu Chapelfield
Goody bag from Dead Good Books
A section of crime novels signed by their authors
A pair of Visitor Attractions Passes for some of Norwich’s best loved attractions all of which are inspiring locations for a chilling crime thriller   

To get you inspired read this fantastic short story written by Matt Mulcahy.

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