Crime fiction readers around the world now have the chance to go into the draw to win a full set of all EIGHT crime, mystery, and thriller novels longlisted for the upcoming 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award.
This prize is open worldwide, and is a terrific line-up of crime and thriller fiction, with the eight longlisted titles offering a diverse range of writing styles, settings, protagonists, and storytelling. Early comments from the international judging panel, which has been "impressed" by the calibre of New Zealand crime fiction in the running this year, include "such good books, but all so different", and "NZ is such a rich environment for writing... there should be a way to spread the news about these fine authors". Here are the longlisted titles:
SLAUGHTER FALLS by Alix Bosco
BLOOD MEN by Paul Cleave
CAPTURED by Neil Cross
DEATH IN THE KINGDOM by Andrew Grant
SURRENDER by Donna Malane
THE CRIME OF HUEY DUNSTAN by James McNeish
HUNTING BLIND by Paddy Richardson
THE FALLEN by Ben Sanders
Now you have a chance to try for yourself the entire line-up that has been impressing the Ngaio Marsh Award judging panel. You can enter the prize draw simply by emailing a photo of yourself reading any New Zealand crime, mystery, or thriller title - contemporary or from days gone by - to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The book in your picture doesn't have to be set in New Zealand, as long as the author is associated with New Zealand (lives in New Zealand, was born or grew up in New Zealand, etc).
So whether it's a well-loved copy of a Ngaio Marsh, Laurie Mantell, or Paul Thomas novel that's been sitting on your bookshelf for years, or a brand new New Zealand crime novel you've recently picked up from a bookstore or library, grab your camera, take a smiling photo of yourself with the book, and send it to email@example.com
If you need some inspiration when it comes to finding an eligbile, mystery, or thriller novel to read and photograph, check out this list of more than 80 authors and more than 250 titles here: http://kiwicrime.blogspot.com/2010/06/new-zealand-crime-mystery-and-thriller.html
. Hopefully there should be some titles those of you in the UK, with less access to a wide range of contemporary Kiwi crime fiction titles, can find at your bookstore or library.
Photos will be displayed on the Ngaio Marsh Award Facebook page, which you can visit and 'like' here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ngaio-Marsh-Award-for-Best-Crime-Novel/233991183282311
The winner of the competition will be randomly drawn from the entered photos, and announced just prior to the presentation of the Ngaio Marsh Award on 21 August 2011.
Best of luck, and happy snapping.