Val McDermid heads up Mirror brief story competitors with £1,000 prize

We have now launched a brief story competitors for budding crime writers.

Ship your greatest work – as much as 2,500 unpublished phrases – to probably win a £1,000 prize, a signed copy of head decide Val McDermid’s newest guide and your story within the paper.

And with £250 accessible to 2 runners-up, this could possibly be the time to place pen to paper on the concept you’ve had for some time.

To enter, simply e-mail us at with ‘Brief story competitors’ within the topic line earlier than the time limit of Could 30.

1. Do not waste time

The phrase rely is brief so it’s important to get the story going rapidly. Even for those who’re constructing suspense it’s important to drive issues ahead.

2. Not everybody sounds the identical

Distinctive dialogue helps us construct an image of the character. Learn your work aloud to make sure it sounds genuine and that the characters use totally different sentence construction and vocabulary. (However DO NOT try and do accents phonetically!)

3. Make each phrase rely

Each phrase has to earn its preserve. If it’s not doing a job, minimize it and make room for a phrase that can.

4. Take note of time and place

The most effective tales have a powerful sense of place. A spot nicely is at all times an excellent background for the motion.

5. Have enjoyable

If it’s a chore, it reveals. These are your characters, your story. Let your creativeness free.

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