Twitter Competition

Start: Jun 27, 2012 04:00 PM
End: Aug 02, 2012 12:00 PM



The competition has now closed.  Thanks to everyone who took part and tweeted some excellent and very creative first lines!  Here are the winning entries, below, chosen from all the entries we received.  These caught the judge's eye in particular because of the Nordic Noir mood that they all capture. 

1st Prize: The day dawned bright, but cool, the sky washed blue. Terje woke and stretched. Coffee first, then today's task. Killing.

2nd Prize: The snow was blowing horizontally & the driver was thinking about his winter holiday in the Canaries when he felt a thump.

3rd Prize: The girl who fell from the Øresund bridge at midsomer wore Faroese knit & had eaten lutefisk,said the inspector, gloomily.

Congratulations to the winners!


Write the first line of your Nordic Noir crime fiction novel.

To be in with a chance of winning some top Scandinavian crime literature, in 140 characters or less please tweet the first line of your imaginary Nordic Noir novel. Be as creative as you wish. Feel free to refer to our blog for inspiration.

Prizes are as follows:

1st: ‘Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction’ by Barry Forshaw; ‘Disgrace’ by Jussi Adler-Olsen and ‘Strindberg’s Star’ by Jan Wallentin.

2nd: ‘Disgrace’ by Jussi Adler-Olsen and ‘Strindberg’s Star’ by Jan Wallentin.

3rd: ‘Strindberg’s Star’ by Jan Wallentin.

Terms and Conditions:

Please send your entry via twitter starting with @nordicnoir #story followed by your text.

Tweet responsibly and please take care with your use of language.

The closing date for the competition is 12pm on Monday 2 July 2012. We will unfortunately not be able to consider entries after this date.

The winners will be judged to have the best opening sentence and the decision of the competition organisers is final.

Once the winners have been selected, we will contact them via a Twitter @reply, and arrange to send the prize.

The winning entries will be posted on the Nordic Noir website.

Good luck!