For me, World Book Day is one of those days that confuses me; surely every day should be about books? Surely every fortnight should be about fairtrade? However, this is not always realistic, and there will never be a down side to taking the time to appreciate something particularly, to raise awareness and to encourage people to try new things.
As a keen reader I am often torn between reading a brand new book that has been intriguing me, and reading a tried and tested much-loved classic. But the feeling of reading a book for the first time, that is so utterly captivating you find yourself unable to concentrate on everyday tasks, really cannot be bettered.
Growing up, Roald Dahl, Michelle Magorian, Carolyn Keene and more authors than I could possibly list here, had a profound effect on me. There is absolutely no substitute to the magic of reading about worlds that are sometimes beyond comprehension and sometimes so relatable as to be breathtaking.
As an adult, books continue to have such an effect, Jane Austen, Khaled Hosseini and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to name just a few authors have given me such joy, and sometimes such heartbreak, that there really is no way of adequately appreciating it.
I have often wished that I would be able to write my own novel, but I can’t help but feel that I have far too much fun being carried away by other people’s words to put my own on paper. However if you have always thought that you have a novel in you, a crime novel particularly, then Stylist magazine is offering an incredible prize, so get writing!
To enter you will need to complete the first 6,000 words of your original crime or thriller novel, which must feature a female protagonist. Alongside this you will need to submit an outline, no longer than 300 words, to show how the story will develop but which doesn’t reveal the ending, plus a 250-word biography of the central character. The prize will be the novel’s publication by Faber and Faber publishing house and a book advance of £5,000. Ruth Rendell will be one of the judges and you have until 12 July to submit your entry.
For more information go to http://www.stylist.co.uk/books/get-published/crime-fiction-competition