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A handful of talented writers in the North of England are currently celebrating, after being one of 20 writers announced as winners of the Northern Crime Competition. The competition, founded by Moth Publishing, the crime imprint of New Writing North, was founded to recognize and publish emerging, fresh and highly skilled writers from the North.

Kathleen McKay, currently based in Leeds, scooped the £1000 prize and her contemporary crime novel, Hard Wired, will be published by Moth Publishing in summer 2016.

A further 19 northern writers have won the Northern Crime Short Story Competition, including eight North East authors. Martin Robins, from Gateshead, Bradley Langham, Betty Weiner, MJ Wesolowski and Karon Alderman from Newcastle, Michael Connon from Wallsend, Tom Moody from Ovington and Pam Plumb from Darlington. Northern Crime One, out now, is an anthology which will see these prize-winning short stories published.

Covering rural noir right through to urban horror, there’s much in there to bring a chill, and keep you engrossed on long, dark winter nights. It’s a wide ranging showcase from some of the best new talent emerging in UK crime writing, with short stories proving to be a perfect form for an injection of fresh blood in to the crime-writing scene.

With the competition first launched in 2013, it proved massively successful, 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. With that track record for discovering and nurturing talent, it is without doubt that this new collection of writers will be ones to look out for.

Northern Crime One is available from selected bookshops and online now.

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