Bridget Lawless poses for photographs in London, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
AP Photo/Frank Augstein
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It's a chilling cliche of thrillers that women often end up abducted, abused or dead.The contest has some writers and readers cheering, but others say it could deter authors from tackling tough real-life issues.London-based writer and educator Bridget Lawless (who is not related to this writer) founded the contest after growing weary of violence against women being a "go-to motivator" in books, films and TV shows.Scottish crime writer Val McDermid said good writers "want to address these issues – not by ignoring them but by dealing with them in a way that isn't exploitative.Lawless says she is not trying to limit writers' freedom, but just wants readers to have a choice.
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