VOTING IS NOW CLOSED – you can still enjoy the short stories below.

The winner will be announced at Bloody Scotland.

Short Story Competition 2015

Each year we’re thrilled to announce details of our annual crime writing short story competition. In it’s fourth year, the competition offers new and aspiring writers an opportunity to explore the darker sides of life for an opportunity to win a weekend pass to the Bloody Scotland Festival and £1,000, one of the largest prizes available in a short story competition of this kind.

As well as being a key feature of the Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, the Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition is a fantastic opportunity for emerging writers with past shortlistees and winners of the award going on to acquire literary agents and publish novels.

Each year we set a theme for the competition and with this year being the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie entries were invited that had a nod to Christie’s work.  We invited writers to interpret the theme in a variety of ways, but the story must be crime themed.

This year we received over 100 submissions and our team of readers have carefully sifted through to a shortlist of six stories. You can download each of the stories below and then cast your vote for the best.