Crime Writers' Association Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition

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Welcome to the CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition

Our mission is to find the best unpublished short mystery – one that fits into legendary crime writer Margery’s definition of what makes a great story:

“The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.”

The way a submitted story matches this definition is awarded greater weighting in the scoring than any other criteria.
Closing date: 6pm GMT Friday 26 February 2021.


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