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The Big Bang!: Crime Prize Anthology

The Big Bang!: Crime Prize Anthology

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Anthology | Hardcover | Coming 4th July 2024


The Big Bang!: Crime Prize Anthology is a unique series of best first pages of thrillers, and more, including Lee Child's judge's notes, and his introduction, discussing how to create great openings for thrillers.

We recently ran the 'Black Spring Prize for Best Opening To a Crime Book' that was looking for the best 50-200 words of an opening for a crime-mystery-thriller novel. We very much hope the prize encourages people to start a novel, with this entry's first page – and maybe go on to complete it. Now we are publishing those finalists and offering the winner a chance for a publishing contract with BSPG. 

Incredibly, it was judged by Mr. Jack Reacher himself, Lee Child the world-famous, best-selling author of the 'Jack Reacher' series, whose books have sold over 100 million copies. He will also include an introduction alongside our resident crime editor, Luca Veste who is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels and the host of the hit podcast Two Crime Writers and a Microphone

Lee Child says,

Long ago people would say, “This is a great book, but you need to give it fifty pages.” That's crazy now, in our hyper-fast world. Now readers give you fifty words. Your first paragraph, basically. That's where you win or lose. It doesn't always need to be slam-bam, but it does always need to give the reader absolutely no choice but to race ahead. Send your entry in to Black Spring's contest, I’ll judge the best... and if you win, I'll be first in line to buy your book.

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