Association of Christian Writers and Alfie Dog Fiction Crime Competition

Announcement of Winners

First Place

Post Safe – Ingrid Heyn

Second Place

Shelter from the Storm – Marion Richards

Third Place

Landscape Gardner – Gaynor Roberts

Most of us love a bit of crime.  Well… crime fiction anyway.

Our next competition, launched jointly with the Association of Christian Writers (ACW), is to write a crime story.  You might wish to write cosy crime (like Agatha Christie), something more gritty (like Patricia Cornwell), Scandi, or… you may have your own take on the crime genre.  Surprise us!  However, there must be a Christian element in your story.  Perhaps you’d like to set it in a church (or other Christian setting) or include main characters whose Christian faith is an important element in the story.  We’re looking for crime fiction, not true crime; please avoid making any references to living people in your story.

We will not accept gratuitous bad language, graphic sex or violence, or writing likely to incite racial or religious hatred.

Our judges are Wendy H Jones and Rosemary Kind.  Wendy is the author of the award-winning DI Shona McKenzie mystery series, the Fergus and Flora mystery series, and Power Packed Book Marketing.  Rosemary Kind, who publishes the Alfie Dog website, has also written three novels, The Appearance of Truth, The Lifetracer and Alfie’s Woods, and she is co-author (with Patsy Collins) of From Story Idea to Reader, an easily accessible guide to writing fiction.  Wendy and Rosemary are looking, particularly, for a well written and complete story, which will satisfy the reader. Beyond this, originality will make the story stand out from the crowd, so it is worth avoiding the most commonly repeated story lines

Entry to the ACW Crime Fiction Competition is free to ACW members.  For non-members, the fee is £3 for one entry and £5 for two entries.  If you would like a critique of your work, please pay an extra £7 through the PayPal link on the ACW websiteThe critique charge is the same for members and non-members.

All entries must be received by the Competitions Manager at by Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Judging will be completed by Monday, 22 May 2017 and winners informed shortly afterwards.  The winning entry may be published in a future edition of Christian Writer (subject to the approval of the editor) and online on Alfie Dog Fiction (again, subject to approval of editor).  The winner will receive two books, chosen from Masterclass: Writing Crime Fiction by Rosemary Rowe; Power Packed Book Marketing by Wendy H. Jones; From Story Idea to Reader by Rosemary Kind and Patsy Collins.  The second-placed winner will choose one book, from the same selection.

How to Enter

Your crime story must be

  • Crime fiction (not ‘true crime’).
  • Include a Christian element.
  • Unpublished, either in print or online.
  • No longer than 1200 words.
  • Written in English.
  • Typed, in a plain font (such as Arial or Times New Roman) and double-spaced, with wide margins.
  • Saved in Word format (.doc or .docx). (If you don’t have access to Word, contact the ACW Competitions Manager at before submitting.)
  • Contain no identifying marks (such as your name).

A maximum of two entries per person, please.

Please use the PayPal link on the ACW website ( to make payments in respect of entry fees and critique fees.  Include your PayPal payment number on your cover sheet (see below).

In addition to your crime story, you must also include a cover sheet (on a different Word document to the one on which you typed your story) stating your full name and contact details and (if you are not an ACW member) your PayPal payment number (see above).  Please also use your cover sheet to request a critique.

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