BloodyScotland15 - eoincarey_0353Would you like to read the latest and best crime books before anyone else? Be part of the team responsible for uncovering the next gem of Scottish crime writing? Then why not apply to be a reader for Bloody Scotland’s Crime Book of the Year Award 2016? Not only will you receive free copies of new unread books but you will be given free tickets to this year’s festival for events of your choice.

The award has been a staple in the Bloody Scotland calendar since the inception of the festival in 2011. The award aims to showcase the best in new Scottish Crime Writing and raise the profile and prestige of the genre in general. Requirements for the entry of a book is that the author was born in Scotland, raised in Scotland or the story is set largely in Scotland. Fiction, non-fiction and collections of short stories written in the crime genre are all eligible.

This year sees the return of the award so Bloody Scotland is looking for readers to help ascertain the shortlist. Readers will be allocated five pdf books to read over a five-week period between 20th May and 24th June. To keep things simple, you will score the books numerically, 10 being excellent and 1 being very poor. After all the scores have been submitted the shortlist will be produced and from there judges will take over to finalise the award.

If you are interested, then please follow the link to the application form below and you will be in with a chance to read the best in Scottish crime writing before anyone else.