Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year

In 2019 Bloody Scotland introduced a new prize to recognise the quality in new talent blossoming within crime writing โ€“ the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year.

Similar to the McIlvanney Prize, Scottish roots are a must, either being born in Scotland or living there, and setting their books there.

Judged by members of the Bloody Scotland board and different participants each year, the winner is awarded a cheque of ยฃ500 and a trophy sponsored by The Glencairn Glass.


The shortlisted titles were:

Tariq Ashkanani, Welcome to Cooper (Thomas & Mercer, Amazon)

Frankie Boyle, Meantime (John Murray).

Amanda Mitchison, The Wolf Hunters (Fledgling Press).

George Paterson, The Girl, The Crow, The Writer and The Fighter (Into Books).

Sarah Smith, Hear No Evil (Two Roads).

2022 Judges


Previous Winners


Edge of the Grave
Robbie Morrison


Hold Your Tongue
Deborah Masson


All the Hidden Truths
Claire Askew