Christmas Crime Competition!

Bay Tales (with Virtual Noir at the Bar)’s First Festive Fiction Fandango!

Do you have a Christmassy crime or mystery short story?

Are you a member of Bay Tales’ Friends of the Bay?

If yes, why not enter our first Christmas Competition?

Our first Friends of the Bay Writing Competition – more to come!

What we’re looking for

A festive themed short that can be read aloud in seven minutes or less.

One winner will get to read their story live on our Christmas VNatB show

What you can win

  • A reading spot on the Live Christmas Virtual Noir at the Bar show (Wednesday December 16th) alongside an all-star line-up!
  • Your story, along with a complete Author Profile and links to your site / social media / books on the Bay Tales website.
  • A prize set of some of our favourite crime/ mystery books from 2020
  • And, winner or not, you’ll get feedback on your story from our judge’s panel of established authors.

The Detail:

  • There is no strict word count, but the story MUST be able to be read aloud, by you or a chosen representative in seven minutes or less.
  • The competition is open to subscribed members of Friends of the Bay at the time of submission.
  • All entries must be received by the 10th December in order to give adequate preparation time for our VNatB show on the 16th December.
  • Feedback on stories received will be at the judging panel’s discretion in terms of length and detail and will be given by December 31st.
  • The choice of books we select will be based on our favourites.

Ready to enter?

Email your entry, as a Word or PDF document to

Include in the body of your submission:

  • Full Name
  • Friends of the Bay User Profile name
  • Email address
  • The Story – including word count and approximate reading time.

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