A 16-year-old writer from London has been named as the winner of this year’s Crime Writers' Association short story competition for young people age 18 and under.
Claudia Hyde won the Young Crime Writers’ Competition with 'A Cushion Out of Place'. She wins the chance to meet authors at the annual Crimefest event, which sponsored the competition, as well as an engraved pen and selection of signed novels from various members of the CWA. She was presented with her prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London over afternoon tea with authors Diane Janes and Meg Gardiner, representing the CWA.
The final stage of the competition was judged by Tom Harper, the 2010-11 Chair of the CWA, and multi-award winning crime writer Martin Edwards, and the competition’s conclusion coincides with National Crime Writing Week, which is organised by the CWA and runs this week (June 13-19).
Current CWA Chair Peter James said: “Yet again this country’s young writers have illustrated that the future of the genre is in safe hands.”
The shortlisted regional winners were:
‘The Photograph’ by George Neame age 15 of Bognor Regis
‘Reasons’ by Caroline Angus age 14 of Carlisle
‘A Girl I Once Knew’ by Beth Tucker age 15 of Newton Abbot
‘Reaction’ by Laura Aldworth-Beswick age 16 of Manchester
‘She’s a Rebel, She’s a Saint’ by Laura Waters age 14 of Isle of Man
‘Severing Ties’ by Jessica Cooper age 17 of Nantwich
‘The End’ by Lily Scanlan age 17 of Invergordon
‘The Witness’ by Emily Lumbard age 11 of Bristol
‘Button’ by Aileigh MacGregor age 13 of Buckie
‘Anarchy’ by Connor Sterling age 13 of Darlington
‘A Dreamer’s Nightmare’ by Rachael Wallis age 17 of Frome
The competition is sponsored by CRIMEFEST, Britain’s international crime fiction convention. For more information visit www.crimefest.com.
More information on National Crime Writing Week is available at www.nationalcrimewritingweek.co.uk