CrimeFest, May 14-17, Bristol, UK
The latest news from the organizers:
2015 DIAMOND DAGGER RECIPIENT ADDED TO LINE-UP
CRIMEFEST announced that Catherine Aird, this year’s recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association’s prestigious Diamond Dagger, will be a Featured Guest at the convention. This honor is awarded for sustained excellence and a significant contribution to crime fiction. For almost forty years Catherine has been entertaining readers with her cosy novels featuring Inspector Sloan, and we look forward to finding out more about her work in May.
A few of this year’s events are listed on the PROGRAMME page, but delays mean that we don’t anticipate listing a full draft itinerary until March.
CRIME WRITING DAY & PITCH AN AGENT
As in previous years, CRIMEFEST’s Crime Writing Day and Pitch an Agent are proving popular, and places are (also) filling up. Crime Writing Day speakers include M.R. Hall, William Ryan and Joanna Penn, as well as UK agents and publishers. Delegates signing up for both the crime writing day and a full CRIMEFEST pass will receive a £50 rebate. Go to the CRIME WRITING DAY page for more information. For aspiring crime writers who have completed a manuscript there is the Pitch an Agent strand. Consider it ‘speed-dating for an agent’ meets the BBC’s Dragon’s Den as participants are offered the opportunity to gain representation by pitching their work to three agents simultaneously in one private session.
EMERGING INDIE VOICES PANELISTS
Indie authors and new publishing opportunities are increasingly making a foothold in the book world. With thanks to J.F. Penn, who is in charge of the Emerging Indie Voices panel, we can announce the four indie crime writers participating in this year’s event: Celina Grace, Chris Langmuir, J.J. Marsh and Nick Stephenson. To learn more about them and independent publishing, be sure to attend this year’s Emerging Indie Voices panel.
COMPETITION - WIN BOOKS
CRIMEFEST has been fortunate to have hosted some of the best crime writers in the world, but this year’s inclusion of a Pulitzer prize winner is a first. For a chance to win one of five copies of the authors’ debut crime novel all registered delegates need to do is contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the author in the subject line, and their full postal address in the body of the message. Winners will be picked at random, with the first one also receiving a signed bookplate. The deadline to enter is 1 March, 2015.
FLASHBANG COMPETITION DEADLINE LOOMING
Can you write a crime story in 150 words, and would you like to win to passes to CRIMEFEST? If so, the entry deadline is looming and you should head to CRIMEFEST’s FLASHBANG page for more information on how to enter.
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