BloodyScotland15 - eoincarey_0161Organisers of the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival today announced the judges for the 2016 Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year.

The judges for this year’s award are former Scotsman editor Magnus Linklater (chair), journalist and reviewer Lee Randall and PPC Librarian of the Year Stewart Bain of Orkney Library. Submissions for the 2016 award are now open.

Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year seeks to recognise and reward excellence in Scottish Crime Writing. The requirements for a book’s entry to the competition are that the author is domiciled or born in Scotland, or that the work is set in Scotland. Crime fiction, crime non-fiction and anthologies of short crime stories are all eligible.

2016 will be the fifth year of the award which is given during the Bloody Scotland festival in September. Previous winners are Craig Russell with The Ghosts of Altona in 2015, Peter May with Entry Island in 2014, Malcolm Mackay with How A Gunman Says Goodbye in 2013 and Charles Cumming with A Foreign Country in 2012.

Publishers are encouraged to submit eligible titles by Friday 1st May at no charge. A shortlist will be announced by the Bloody Scotland festival in July 2016 and will be marketed through a campaign delivered in-part through Waterstones.

The winner will be announced on Friday 09 September 2016, the opening day of the Bloody Scotland festival.

For prize rules and the entry form please visit