The Arthur Conan Doyle Prize for New Fiction is a literary short
story competition for unpublished writers. It is hoped that the
competition will be reinstated soon to a new generation of budding
The competition has one overall winner and three categories which
each have a prize.
- Contemporary Detective Fiction
- Historical Detective Fiction
- Adventure Fiction
In 2008 this competition attracted over 30 entries, including some from the USA and Australia.
Entries for the shortlist were selected by a panel which included Sam North, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Course Leader for the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth, and the Collection's Academic Director Neil McCaw, who is Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. The acclaimed crime writer Michelle Spring judged the shortlisted entries, and awarded the prizes on 20 May 2008.
The overall winner was Susannah Rickards's "The Partners of the Periphery", a powerful account of the bravery of a blind man and a child during the Nazi occupation of France.
The entries are no longer available for download as they are removed
at the authors' requests after 1 year. Details of the winners can
be found here.
All enquiries to Dr McCaw: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org