Brought to you in association with Mayfair Group Investment.

In 2018, BLF were delighted to announce the launch of a fantastic new competition to find and nurture the next generation of northern crime writers.

On Friday 29th June at Waterstones Bradford, BLF in association with Mayfair Group Investment, opened the first Northern Noir Crime Writing Competition, a unique opportunity for up to ten budding crime writers to truly get their shot at being a published author.


The following winners were announced on 17th December 2018:

Susan Cawthorne – The Moderator

Dan Webb – The Scrap

Rob McInroy – Cuddies Strip

Lucy Lucy – Title Note Yet Decided

Max Dunbar – Rent Office

Rachel Brownstein – Human Conditioning

Julie Carter – Legacy

Arthur Dudney – The Fire Sermon

Gavin Dimmock – The Kerning

Chris Manners – Buried in the Mix


The winners will receive:

  • The opportunity to attend a week-long writer’s residential writing course at the highly renowned Ted Hughes Writers Centre, Lumb Bank, in Yorkshire. Lumb Bank is part of Arvon, the home of creative writing.
  • Personal tutelage from Bradford crime writer A.A.Dhand, WME literary agent Simon Trewin, and another eminent crime writer, name TBC.