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Announcing the Page Turner Challenge

UPDATE: The Page Turner Challenge is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated! The winner will be announced on May 31.

Attention, Canadian crime writers! Sharpen those hooks and drag out that body: our latest writing challenge is for you. (Oh, and we're giving away an iPad.)


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One cannot discount the importance of the first page in a crime or mystery story. In it the scene is set and characters are introduced. Sometimes we meet the victim or witness the crime. And, often, the stakes are revealed (or at least hinted at). 

The best crime stories are the ones that kidnap you from the start. They hook you right away, grab you in the first few paragraphs and then never let go. That’s what we’re looking for in this Canada Writes Challenge. We want you to abduct us in a paragraph (or two). 

THE CALL 
In 250 words (or less), write the opening scene of a crime or mystery story. We’re not expecting full, complete stories for this writing challenge, just a teaser. Make it compelling, make it fraught, make it tense and exciting. We want you to take us directly into the world you have created and make us bloodthirsty for more.

YOUR JUDGE
Held in partnership with Crime Writers of Canada, the Page Turner Challenge will be judged by Canadian crime maven and Canada Writes Crime Month master class leader Louise Penny. Louise will select her favourite and the winner will receive in iPad. 

The deadline to submit is May 22 at 12 PM ET. There is no submission fee, but submissions are limited to one per person. Submissions must also be 250 words or less in order to be eligible (anything over 250 words will be disqualified). And please remember to include a title with your story (titles do not need to be included in the final word count).

Need some inspiration before you get cracking? Read some sample celebrity entries written by CWC members. Today: stories by Anthony Bidulka and Vicki Delany.




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