Opportunities

The International Agatha Christie Festival young writers’ mystery story writing competition

13th May 2022

The International Agatha Christie Festival is inviting aspiring young writers, 8-18 years of age, who live or go to school in Devon to enter their exciting writing competition.


Superb prizes to be won!
It’s free to enter.

There are two categories:
Category 1: 8-13 years of age;
Category 2: 14-18 years of age.

It’s easy to enter. Write a short story of no more than 1,000 words involving a mystery and submit your entry online. Find out more about how to enter and terms and conditions here.

The 1st placed winner of each category will win an Apple iPad Mini ™ and more. There are great prizes too for the 2nd and 3rd-placed young writer in each category – vouchers to spend at Waterstones and a copy of the new 1000-piece Agatha Christie jigsaw puzzle from Laurence King Publishing.

All three winners in each category and their families will be invited to receive their prizes and meet the festival’s 2022 International Writer in Residence, Ruby Gupta, at the International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay, during Festival Week which runs from 10th-17th September.

The Festival is pleased to bring you the competition in partnership with Literature Works, Libraries Unlimited and Torquay Museum. Visit Torquay Museum or pop into your local Devon library for inspiration and support.

They are looking for originality, clever plotting, quality of writing and composition. Are you the next king or queen of crime? The International Agatha Christie Festival want to know!

Further essential information available here.

The closing date to get your story in is Friday, 12 August 2022.