Pitch Perfect in memory of Rae Stewart

Do you have a great crime novel in you, just bursting to get out? Maybe you have a blockbuster of an idea but don’t know where to start getting it into print.

Our iconic Pitch Perfect session has been the opening chapter for several bestselling crime writers and now it’s your chance. All you have to do is stand up before a room of your peers and a panel of publishing experts, and make your pitch.

Supported by Scottish communications agency Spey, who have generously provided a £1000 prize this year in memory of broadcast journalist and crime writer Rae Stewart.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday 15th September at 10.30am in the Central Library and the panel will consist of; Natasha Harding, publishing director at Bookouture; Camilla Bolton, literary agent; and Vicki Young, BBC Deputy Political Editor, and Rae’s widow. The event will be chaired, as ever, by Jenny Brown.

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Crime In The Spotlight

Bloody Scotland offers a platform to shine a spotlight on new crime writing talent during the festival. We invite new and emerging published crime writers to apply for a slot to read out a short sample of their work before one of our Albert Halls sessions in Stirling in September.

You are eligible to apply for Crime in the Spotlight if you, have never appeared on the programme at Bloody Scotland before and are early in your crime writing career (such as on your first or second published book, but no more).

You will be asked to prepare a short reading or presentation and you will be given a slot in front of one of our big audiences. You will also be invited to sign books alongside the author(s) appearing in that slot.

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Bloody Scotland prizes sponsored by The Glencairn glass

The McIlvanney Prize and Bloody Scotland Debut prize are awarded each year to the best Scottish Crime book and best Scottish Debut of the year.

McIlvanney Prize Longlist 2024Debut Prize Shortlist 2024Previous Winners

Bloody Scotland Book Club

Bloody Scotland hosts a quarterly discussion with a variety of journalists, bloggers, podcasters and booksellers. Our guests will hand-pick a selection of crime novels, from exciting new works to old favourites.

We invite you to tune in to Facebook Live, where we will broadcast the panel’s discussion.

Join The Club

Apply to Volunteer

Bloody Scotland wouldn’t run without the dedication of eager volunteers, keeping the crowds safe, the tech running and the authors guided. Every year we look for Front of House Assistants, Author Hospitality Assistants, Author Signing Assistants and Festival Marketing Assistants to help out our busy team.

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Support Us

Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s international crime writing festival is an independent, not for profit charity, established in 2011 to present the very best of Scottish and international crime writing. We rely on a combination of sponsorship, grants, box office and donations to support our activity.


Free Standby Tickets

We don’t want the price to be prohibitive to you coming to Bloody Scotland and while we can’t help with travel or accommodation costs, we can offer you a free standby ticket on the day of the event if there is good availability*. These tickets are available to the unemployed or those on a low income, on the day of the event and limited to one per person.

*Good availability is defined as over 10 tickets available for sale. 


A 10% discount is available to people residing in the Stirling Council area on tickets for events in Stirling. You must give your address at the time of booking. 

Call the box office on 01786 274000