“Murder in the Library” crime writing competition

September 5, 2013

Sisters in Crime scene 

The opening is often the most important thing that governs whether a reader of a crime novel will read on.  It is important to draw the reader into the action as early as possible with a great hook and compel them to read on by posing questions that remain unanswered unless the reader continues on through the story.

With this in mind, my Sisters in Crime writers group are this year conducting a “Murder in the Library” micro-fiction crime writing competition at the Brisbane Writers Festival from 4-8 September 2013.  It is open to everyone and to enter all you need to do is locate our mock crime scene in the Knowledge Walk of the State Library of Queensland, then write an opening paragraph for a crime story based on the scene. There are some clues at the site – but do they belong to the victim or the killer???  It’s up to your criminally-minded imagination!

Winners from three age categories will be invited to be part of the Brisbane Writers Festival by reading their winning entries at the Spoken event hosted by Sisters in Crime, and will be presented with prizes by renowned Australian crime writer and guest judge, Katherine Howell.  This is a FREE event and anyone is welcome to attend, whether you enter our competition or not.


Sisters in Crime showcase event

The Red Box

State Library of Queensland

3.00 – 4.00 p.m. Sunday – 8 September 2013

Click HERE for more information

Afterwards, join us for wine and cheese in the Qld Writers Centre lounge on Level 2 SLQ where you can meet the Sisters in Crime and find out more about joining this spine-tingling group.

SistersSisters in Crime Qld meet on the first Saturday of each month in SLQ and host a yearly calendar of events including discussion groups, guest speakers and tours. Our aim is to share our collective passion for women’s crime writing, to discuss and analyse crime books, to promote the professional development of women crime writers, to provide opportunities for networking, and to have fun!

To enquire about becoming a member of Sisters in Crime Qld please email me at author@leascott.com  or check out our Facebook page at Sisters in Crime Queensland



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