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BUDDING young crime writers in Portsmouth are running out of time to get their entries in for this year’s Young Crime Writers Competition.

Organised by the Crime Writers’ Association, the competition will be judged by Pauline Rowson, from Hayling Island, author of a mystery series of marine crime novels set in Portsmouth and the Solent area, featuring fictional detective Det Insp Andy Horton.

Each shortlisted entrant will receive a certificate at an awards ceremony in April, while the area winner will be awarded a certificate and a £10 book token and will go forward for the national prize.

Entrants must be under 18 years old, and have until February 18 to send their forms in.

These can be picked up from libraries throughout the Portsmouth area and West Sussex, and all crime stories should be under 1,000 words.

Pauline said: ‘There is still time for young people to create their own murder mystery or thriller story and enter the competition. I’m looking forward to reading this year’s entries.’

There is more information on rowmark.co.uk along with crime fiction hints and tips.