Longlist 2017

Here, in no specific order, is our longlist. Many thanks to all who entered and congratulations to everyone who made it through. Shortlist will be up on or by 21 April. Good luck.

 

Protection

Tragus

Authors Beware

Blind Love

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Fire and Ice

Life Sentence

Masterchef Final

Housekeeping

The Sleepover

Dead Spot

Runaway

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Shortlist 2016

Here, in no specific order, is our shortlist. Many congratulations to all who made it through. Winners will be picked by Zoe Sharp and announced live at CrimeFest’s Crime Writing Day on 20 May. Good luck.

Police Issue

Smooth Criminal

Good Fluffy

Weight of Evidence

Friends Reunited

Shortlist 2015

Here, in no specific order, is our shortlist. Many congratulations to all who made it through. Winners will be announced live at CrimeFest’s Crime Writing Day on 15 May. Good luck.

Standing Room Only
Victimology
The Most Important Meal of the Day
Mercy
Gospel Girl
First Day in Court

Longlist 2015

Here, in no specific order, is our longlist. Many thanks to all who entered and congratulations to everyone who made it through. Shortlist will be up on or by 21 April. Good luck.

Standing Room Only
The Cop and the Killer
Victimology
The Most Important Meal of The Day
Sinker
The Silent Attack
Mercy
Single to Gravesend
The Scrapbook
Gospel Girl
Viral
First Day in Court

NEW: Win one of five places on the CrimeFest Crime Writing Day

Great news for five lucky people: that lovely bunch at CrimeFest are once again offering a place on their excellent Crime Writing Day to each author who makes it onto the Flashbang shortlist.

This year CRIMEFEST expands its workshop into a crime writing day made up out of four events. With a mixture of presentations and exercises, authors M.R. Hall and William Ryan present a workshop focusing on character and plot. Two agents and two editors will discuss what services they provide, and how authors might be expected to reciprocate. And with the industry increasingly turning to new media for fresh talent, Joanna Penn offers advice on how to self publish in ebook and print in the current publishing eco-system. Also included, on a first-come-first-served basis, are ten one-on-one assessments of a manuscript. The day starts at 10.30am on Friday 16 May and runs through to 5pm, with lunch included. Tickets cost £150 but will be awarded free to each of our five shortlisted authors. The final winners of Flashbang 2014 will be announced live at the end of the Crime Writing Day.

Full details of the Crime Writing Day are here.

Enter Flashbang 2014 here.

Gearing up for CrimeFest’s Flashbang 2013

Are you ready to knock our hats off with your fantastic 150 words? We’ll be announcing full details of CrimeFest’s Flashbang 2013 contest in the next few weeks, but to whet your appetites it’s likely to look something like this:

1. You write an amazing crime story in 150 words

2. Our judges decide which ones they like best

3. Shortlisted writers are invited to the Crime Writing Seminar on Thursday 30 May 2013

3. Winners are announced at CrimeFest 2013. Top prize will be a pair of passes to CrimeFest 2014 Second prize is a single pass to CrimeFest 2014. Third prize is a selection of Italian crime books plus other goodies

4. Winning stories are published here and on CrimeFest’s website

If you’re looking for inspiration, read 2012’s winning and shortlisted stories.

CrimeFest 2013 runs from May 30th to June 2nd in Bristol, UK. Details of the programme are being finalised and will be published shortly, but delegates can expect another year of exciting panels and sessions with international crime authors.

Results

Flashbang’s first contest attracted over 120 entries, from right around the world. The standard was exceptionally high for a first-time contest. Our judges had a tough task coming up with a longlist and then a shortlist, before handing over to our headline judge, Zoë Sharp, for her choices. The full results are published below. Thanks to everyone who entered, huge congratulations to the winners and runners-up, and well done to all those who made the shortlist, and the longlist. We’ll be publishing the winning stories here in due course.

 

1st Prize

Search History by Iain Rowan

2nd Prize

Mirror on a Stick by Frances Gapper

3rd Prize

The Magician by Nettie Thomson

 

Runners-Up

Jez’s Promise by Stu Haven

Firearm by Janet O’Kane

One More Stroke by Lesley A. Rowe

Brig and Steam by Lindsey McLeod

We Changed Our Minds by Jason Whittle

 

Shortlist

Mirror on a Stick by Frances Gapper

Jez’s Promise by Stu Haven

The Magician by Nettie Thomson

Firearm by Janet O’Kane

Brig and Steam by Lindsey McLeod

Search History by Iain Rowan

The Boy Who Cried by Keith B. Walters

One More Stroke by Lesley A. Rowe

Paper, Scissors, Stone by Michelle Davies

We Changed Our Minds by Jason Whittle

 

Longlist

Mirror on a Stick by Frances Gapper

Jez’s Promise by Stu Haven

The Domestic by Scott Williamson

Local Hero by Jerry House

The Magician by Nettie Thomson

Firearm by Janet O’Kane

Red and Yellow, Kill a Fellow by ER Slansky

Waiting in the Window by Sal Page

Impaired Vision by Sally Jenkins

Dark Arts by Dan Waite

All That Remains by Paula Ward

Caught by James R. Tuck

Brig and Steam by Lindsey McLeod

Search History by Iain Rowan

The Martyr by J.C. Martin

Sergeant Sara Clarke, 28, Shopping in City Centre by Barbara Leahy

The Boy Who Cried by Keith B. Walters

One More Stroke by Lesley A. Rowe

Paper, Scissors, Stone by Michelle Davies

Body Number Four by D.J. Paterson

The Trojan by Dean O’Connell

Falling by Benjamin Judge

We Changed Our Minds by Jason Whittle

Shooting Stars by Bernardine Kennedy

Final Cut by Peter Coley

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