The Indian Crime Fiction Prize

Can you spin a whodunit better than Agatha Christie? Think your sleuthing skills are better than Byomkesh? Think you can pack in more chills than Stephen King? If so, the first edition of the Indian Crime Fiction Prize, promoted by Westland Books, is the perfect platform to show off your talent.

The best piece of short fiction stands to win a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and a plaque. The best 25 stories will be selected by a panel of eminent judges of which the top 10 stories will be published by Westland Books as a book (with an introduction by best-selling writer Ashwin Sanghi), and the rest will be published and promoted by Kindle Direct Publishing.

Please read all terms and conditions carefully before submitting your story. Submission is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions. Stories not submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions will not be eligible for consideration:

  1. The entry should be based on any ONE of the following cues:
    • Use the opening sentence to begin a rivetting story in any crime genre – “It was only a matter of minutes before the news broke.”
    • A psychological thriller set in a high-end restaurant. The story should be of the crime genre, but with no murders.
    • Write a futuristic/science-fiction crime story using either of the pictures below as a prompt.
  2. A crime story must include four elements—a crime, a mystery, an investigation and a conclusion. All four elements must be present in your story for it to be eligible.
  3. Your story must be set in India.
  4. Your submission should be a short story of 3,000 to 5,000 words.
  5. Participants must be aged 18 years or over on 1 January 2017.
  6. Entries must be submitted in English. Translations of stories published in languages other than English are not eligible.
  7. You may submit the story under a pseudonym, but we will need to know your real identity.
  8. Entries must be sent to as an MS-Word document.
  9. Your story must be typed in Arial 12-point black font and double-spaced. There should be hard returns between paragraphs (no indentations please). The title of the story, name of author and word count must appear within a header on top of every page.
  10. Please include your story’s title, your full name, a 100-word bio of yourself, email address, postal address and phone number on the first page of your MS-Word document.
  11. Stories must not include pictures, clip art or photographs.
  12. The deadline to send your entries is 15 March 2017 midnight. We reserve the right to extend or shorten the submission period at our sole discretion.
  13. The decision of our panel of judges will be final and binding.
  14. There is no entry fee for participation in this competition.
  15. In the event that your story is selected for publishing, the publisher shall have exclusive right to publish and commercially exploit the story. This does not apply if your story is not chosen.
  16. Entries will not be eligible where the author is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of this award or a close family relative of any such person.
  17. The story submitted must be original, fictional and entirely the author’s own work. It must not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and not be libellous, unlawful or defamatory of any living person or corporate body. The submitted story must not have been previously published.
  18. Authors may only enter individually, not as part of a team.
  19. The judges will be looking for quality and originality of prose, narrative voice, plausibility and storyline.
  20. All entries will initially be read and judged by a team of readers who will score the entries to produce a smaller number of stories for the judging panel to read. The judging panel will eventually decide the winners.
  21. We will not be liable for any failure of receipt of entries. We are not responsible for any entries which are lost, delayed, illegible, damaged, incomplete or otherwise invalid.
  22. If we are unable to contact a shortlisted author despite making reasonable attempts to do so, the judges will be entitled to short list another entry.
  23. The promoter of this award is Westland Books.
  24. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of India and entrants submit all matters arising in relation to these terms and conditions to the jurisdiction of the courts at New Delhi, India.


The Indian Crime Ficiton Prize 2017 is being organized under the Noir Literature Festival umbrella in a bid to boost Crime Writing in India. Visit for more details.


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