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PD James, Elly Griffiths, Harry Brett, Cathi Unsworth…plenty of crime writers have taken inspiration for their writing from Norfolk, ‘the land of big skies and buried secrets’. We’re on the hunt for writers – beginner and established alike – to join the crime writing hall of fame for the region by entering our flash fiction competition!

Submit a 500-word story inspired by, or set in, Norwich or Norfolk to win an incredible set of prizes:

£100 voucher for Jarrold’s book department
Visitor passes for attractions in Norwich
Publication on the City of Stories website
National Centre for Writing goody bag

All shortlisted writers will be invited to the finale of this year’s Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, Noirwich Live, on Sunday 16 September. The winner of the competition will be announced and there will be an opportunity for all shortlisted writers to perform their pieces on stage if they wish. The event will be headlined by international bestselling Norfolk crime writer Elizabeth Haynes.

Earlier in the day, Great Yarmouth-based crime novelist Harry Brett will be in conversation with Graeme Cameron, Elly Griffiths and Elodie Harper about Norfolk as a setting for crime writing. Book tickets now >>

Need a starting point for your writing? Take a look at these features on the City of Stories website from VisitNorwich:

How to enter

Send an email to with the subject heading ‘Noirwich micro fiction application’.

Attach to this email:

  • A completed application form (download here)
  • A separate word document containing your flash fiction (500 words) so that it can be judged anonymously.

The deadline for submissions is 11pm on Monday 13 August 2018.

No applications will be accepted after this time.

If you have any problems, please email


Terms & conditions

  1. This competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 residing in the United Kingdom, except for employees of the National Centre for Writing and Norwich City of Stories.
  2. Prizes are non-transferable and non-divisible. Prizes cannot be exchanged.
  3. Entries must not exceed the 500-word limit by more than 10% (50 words), and must be inspired by, or set in, Norwich or Norfolk.
  4. One entry per person. Multiple entries of the same flash fiction, or different entries from one entrant, will not be counted.
  5. Entries must be received by 11pm GMT on Monday 13 August 2018. No purchase is necessary.
  6. Shortlisted writers will be notified by email within 14 working days of the competition deadline.
  7. Submitting your entry constitutes your consent for Norwich City of Stories, Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, the National Centre for Writing and the University of East Anglia to use your full name and entry online and in print, should you be a winner.
  8. The winner will be chosen by a judging panel which will be made up of Jarrold staff. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. Norwich City of Stories and Noirwich Crime Writing Festival reserves the right to change or withdraw the competition and/or prize at any time.
  10. By entering the competition, entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.