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Wednesday 27 May 2015 - 00:00 to Tuesday 30 June 2015 - 00:00

Every quarter, we host a new competition on Writing the City. Sign up to our newsletter and be the first to find out about competitions and more. Our competitions are open to writers of any nationality in any location, though some prizes may be specific to Singapore.

Competition: Singapore Noir

Noir fiction conjures up a mood that’s unmistakeably urban – dark and gritty, with murky undertows of crime and violence. Think James M Cain or Elmore Leonard – the hard-boiled protagonists in their novels are usually conflicted and self-destructive characters who do not always win their battles. But at its best, noir delves deep down into the heart of crime, exposing the decay it spawns on many levels. The effect on both criminal and victim. The reasons for it all.

How might the noir genre work when transplanted to Singapore’s shiny shores? Writing the City challenges you to pen a short piece of fiction (no more than 650 words) in the noir style. Your setting should be Singapore, but you can write about any time period. Our judge will be looking for entries that are original, well crafted and thought-provoking.

Stand a chance to win a Kinokuniya book voucher worth $80.

Competition deadline: 30 June 2015. To find out more, click here.