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”

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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