Moth announces two new titles for August

Hard Wired cover 300dpi copy Turning Blue cover 300dpi cover copyThis August we are publishing two new books through our Moth crime imprint: Hard Wired, the winning novel of our Northern Crime Competition, by Leeds writer Kath McKay; and Turning Blue, the first crime novel by acclaimed novelist Benjamin Myers, who lives in West Yorkshire.

Hard Wired is a suspenseful stand-alone novel which launches Kath McKay as a new voice in crime. It features Charlie, an accidental detective who is drawn into solving the murder of her best friend’s son in 1990s Newcastle upon Tyne.

In Turning Blue Benjamin Myers has created a new genre in crime fiction, folk crime, and introduces us to DS Brindle, a detective from the elite police department Cold Storage, and his sidekick, journalist Roddy Mace. Together they unlock a horrific network of crime and abuse in a Yorkshire hamlet.

Both books launch in August 2016.

Moth Publishing announces winners of its Northern Crime Competition

Northern-Crime-ONE-coverNorthern Crime One, a short story anthology of prize-winning entries, is out today

20 writers from the North of England are today announced as winners of the Northern Crime Competition.

Leeds-based writer Kathleen McKay has won £1,000 and the publication of her contemporary crime novel, Hard Wired, by Moth Publishing in summer 2016.

A further 19 northern writers have won the Northern Crime Short Story Competition and their prize-winning short stories are published in an anthology, Northern Crime One, out today. Continue reading “Moth Publishing announces winners of its Northern Crime Competition”

Northern Crime competition 2014

Moth Publishing is looking for the next big thing in crime fiction


Northern Crime is a unique competition that aims to unearth and publish exciting new crime writing from writers who live and work in the north of England. It is a collaboration between the writing development agency New Writing North and publisher BEPL, who have come together to create the Moth imprint. Last year Moth published the four winning books from the inaugural Northern Crime competition: Rebecca Muddiman’s Stolen, Helen Cadbury’s To Catch a Rabbit, Alfie Crow’s Rant and Michael Donovan’s Behind Closed Doors.Together the books have so far sold over 50,000 ebook and print copies and garnered widespread critical praise from reviewers and readers.

We are looking for more fresh new voices, more great stories with strong characters, and fiction that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the genre. This year for the first time, we are also looking for short stories to publish in the Northern Crime short story anthology.

The winning novels will be published in print and as ebooks in 2015. The winning writers will receive a standard publishing contract, a £1,000 advance, and support to editorially develop their work. They will also enjoy a marketing and PR campaign to support the publication of their books. Short story winners will get £100 and their story published in the very first Northern Crime short story anthology. Continue reading “Northern Crime competition 2014”