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Call for submissions – Welsh women writing crime

We need your best stories:

• police procedurals
• amateur detectives
• PI’s
• Domestic noir
• Hardboiled or cosy
• Historic or contemporary
• Urban or rural
• Or something altogether new

Whether published author or debutante we’re looking for gripping stories, that are complex and convincing, chilling or comforting and with a crime or a mystery at their heart from the most diverse possible selection of Welsh women writers. Submissions should be between 1500 and 5000 words in length and previously unpublished.

Crime Cymru, the Welsh crime writers collective, is holding the first ever ‘Virtual CRIME CYMRU Digidol’ Festival in April 2021, with an in-person festival following in Aberystwyth in 2022. To celebrate this momentous occasion Honno Press will publish an anthology of new crime stories from Wales to be launched at the 2022 festival.

The anthology will be co-edited by Katharine Stansfield and Caroline Oakley:

Caroline Oakley is editor at Honno Press. She has worked with many crime writers over her years in publishing, most notably, Ian Rankin, Lawrence Block and David Ashton.

Katherine Stansfield is a multi-genre novelist and poet. Her historical crime series Cornish Mysteries has won the Holyer an Gof Fiction Prize and been shortlisted for the Winston Graham Memorial Prize. The most recent instalment is The Mermaid’s Call. She co-writes a fantasy crime trilogy with her partner David Towsey, publishing as D. K. Fields, and has also published two full length poetry collections and a pamphlet with Seren. Katherine is a member of Crime Cymru, a collective of Welsh crime writers.


The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2021 and the contents will be announced at the end of August. The resulting anthology will be published in April/May 2022 All the selected contributors will receive a fee for the publishing rights to their work.

Send your submission to with the subject line Honno/Crime Anthology 2022 by midnight on: 30 June.

If you’re not sure whether you meet Honno’s criteria for publication drop us a line and we’ll let you know.

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