Would-be mystery authors: do you have a great idea for a short story - or even, perhaps, an unpublished short story that you have already completed? You might want to think about entering it in a competition set up by the British Crime Writers' Association, in conjunction with the Margery Allingham Society. The CWA is inviting authors to submit an unpublished short story (of no more than 3,500 words) that "fits Margery's definition of a mystery."
Full details - including that definition of a mystery - may be found by clicking here. You'll also find a submission form to accompany your entry. There is a fee - and there's also a substantial cash prize for the winner.
As readers of this blog know, Margery Allingham was one of the so-called "British Crime Queens" of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, usually defined as the years between the two World Wars. Her detective, Albert Campion, was a "gentleman sleuth," and he appears in a number of books - some out-and-out thrillers, others traditional puzzle-oriented mysteries. I have reviewed several of her books here, including my own favorite, Flowers for the Judge. If you're an unpublished writer, you might consider entering. Submissions are due by March 16, 2014.
A hat tip to Julia Jones who posted information to the Golden Age Detection group on Facebook about the competition.