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Just had a phone call to tell me that my entry to the 2011 crime writing competition run by our local newspaper chain has won first prize, a Weekend Rover Ticket to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
This competition is run annually 'to give budding writers the chance to flex their creative muscles' and gives the opening sentence of a story to be finished in no more than 300 words.
As the Festival starts on Thursday and my diary is already full for this weekend, I've asked for the prize to be deferred until 2012 and have been assured that this won't be a problem. Looking forward to it already!