Moth Publishing Announces Winners Of Its Northern Crime Competition

20 writers from the North of England are today announced as winners of the Northern Crime Competition. Leeds-based writer Kathleen McKay has won £1000 and the publication of her contemporary crime novel, Hard Wired, by Moth Publishing in summer 2016. A further 19 northern writers have won the Northern Crime Short Story Competition and their prize-winning short stories are published in an anthology, Northern Crime One..

From rural noir to urban horror, Northern Crime One promises to bring a chill to your winter nights. The wide-ranging collection showcases some of the best emerging talent in UK crime, proving that short stories are the perfect form to introduce fresh blood to the crime-writing scene.

The Northern Crime Competition, run by the crime imprint Moth Publishing, was founded to recognise and to publish talented new crime writers from the North of England.

It proved highly successful in 2013, its inaugural year, discovering then-debut novelists Helen Cadbury (To Catch a Rabbit, Bones in the Nest) and Rebecca Muddiman (Stolen, Gone), both of whose books became bestsellers. Today’s winners, therefore, are ones to watch.

Moth Publishing is the crime imprint of Mayfly Books, a partnership between New Writing North and Business Education Publishers Ltd, a trade publisher.

Andrea Murphy, director of Business Education Publishers and publishing director of Mayfly Press, said: "It has been an exciting journey working with all twenty writers to create this wonderfully raw and eclectic mix of story-telling that is Northern Crime One; an anthology that has something for all readers of crime fiction."

Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North and editorial director of Mayfly Books, said: "Kathleen McKay’s novel in progress, Hard Wired, is a socially aware, contemporary novel with crime at its heart. Her writing is thoughtful and her understanding of character development and the lives of real people at the margins of society make this a really exciting work of crime fiction."

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