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”

Official launch of Moth Publishing

L-R: Rebecca Muddiman, Michael Donovan, Alfie Crow and Helen Cadbury

We had a wonderful evening on Monday 3 June officially launching Moth Publishing and its four new northern crime authors at Waterstones in Newcastle. All four authors were in attendance and introducing their books, with Alfie taking the lead and doing a short reading from RANT, which had the audience in stitches. It was lovely to get the authors together and to toast their publication with supporters, writers, family and friends, and thank you to all of you who came along.

The books have been selling solidly at the four individual launches across the North we’ve hosted this week, as well as in bookshops across the North, online, and through the Amazon Kindle store. The authors are taking part in further events over the summer and autumn, and we’ll be updating the Events section of with details as we get them.

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Moth Publishing: new crime writing from the north of England

The writing landscape in the North will be shaken up this week, as a new publishing venture launches with the publication of four new crime novels. They will be available from Thursday 30 May 2013 as paperbacks and ebooks from Moth Publishing.

The four novels are the result of the inaugural Northern Crime Competition, which ran in 2012 and sought to find the most promising new crimewriting talent in the North. Helen Cadbury (from York), Alfie Crow (from Thirsk), Michael Donovan (from Lytham St Anne’s) and Rebecca Muddiman (from Teesside) were the winners of the competition.

You can get your copy of the books, as well as reviews from early readers, from Amazon.

To Catch a Rabbit by Helen Cadbury
Rant by Alfie Crow
Behind Closed Doors by Michael Donovan
Stolen by Rebecca Muddiman

If you have a Kindle, all four books will also be free to download for one day only on Monday 3 June, the day of the official launch of Moth Publishing.

The novels have already attracted early praise from foreign publishers, bloggers and reviewers, as well as support from best-selling crime writer Mark Billingham, who said of Helen Cadbury’s To Catch a Rabbit, featuring PCSO Sean Denton:

“[This is] a hugely assured and gripping debut. Let’s hope we see a lot more of Sean Denton.”

Moth Publishing is a partnership between New Writing North and Sunderland-based Business Educational Publishers Limited (BEPL), who came together to publish quality new work and support talented crime writers who live and work in the north of England.

The official launch of Moth Publishing will take place in Newcastle on Monday 3 June at 6.30pm at Waterstones, Newcastle Emerson Chambers.

For more information, see our events page.

Books are available online at and other online retailers and all good bookshops.