HASTINGS Litfest Crooked Cat Books Crime Novel Competition

Calling all budding crime novelists! We are looking for your stories: everything from cosy crime to dark, deadly and sinister – if it grips us and makes us want to read more then this is the competition for you.

  • First Prize: publication of your novel by Crooked Cat Books, plus HASTINGS Litfest trophy and £150.
  • Runner up: HASTINGS Litfest trophy and £100.

Rules of Entry

  1. The competition is open for entries from 1st February 2018 and closes at midnight on 31st May 2018. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.
  2. The competition is for completed crime novels of up to 90,000 words by previously unpublished authors, or by authors previously published only in other genres. Novels in other genres will not be accepted into the competition.
  3. Entries will only be accepted by email as a PDF comprising a 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters of the novel, 1.5 line spaced 12pt font, in English. Your name must not appear anywhere on the PDF document.
  4. The PDF must be accompanied by a separate sheet detailing the author’s name, contact details, the name of the novel, and quoting your Paypal reference number. See Payments below.
  5. Your email should be titled “Crooked Cat Novel” and sent to comps@HastingsLitFest.org
  6. There is a £10 entry fee per novel.
  7. Authors may enter more than one novel.
  8. Longlisted authors will be contacted during June/July and asked to submit the remaining chapters of their novel.
  9. A shortlist of five will be announced on the HASTINGS Litfest website in mid-August 2018, and shortlisted authors will be notified directly.
  10. The authors of five shortlisted novels will be invited to attend the prize ceremony to take place in Hastings, East Sussex, on Sunday 2nd September, 2018 when the winner and runner-up will be announced.


Click the button below to add one Competition entry to your basket. After paying you will be mailed a receipt number to quote on the cover sheet to be sent with your entry.