The McIlvanney Prize

2021 MCILVANNEY PRIZE LONGLIST REVEALED

The Cut, Chris Brookmyre (Little,Brown)
The Silent Daughter, Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
Before the Storm, Alex Gray (Little, Brown)
Dead Man’s Grave, Neil Lancaster (HarperCollins, HQ)
The Coffinmaker’s Garden, Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
Still Life, Val McDermid (Little,Brown)
Bad Debt, William McIntyre (Sandstone)
The Less Dead, Denise Mina (Vintage)
How To Survive Everything, Ewan Morrison (Saraband)
Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
The April Dead, Alan Parks (Canongate)
Hyde, Craig Russell (Constable)
Waking the Tiger, Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)

2021 JUDGES

Ayo Onatade

Winner of the CWA Red Herring Award and freelance crime fiction critic

Karen Robinson

Formerly of The Times Crime Club
and a CWA judge

Ewan Wilson

Crime fiction buyer at Waterstones Glasgow

2020 WINNER

Pine by Francine Toon


2020 SHORTLIST

Andrew James Greig, Whirligig (Fledgling)
Doug Johnstone, A Dark Matter (Orenda)
Ambrose Parry, The Art of Dying (Canongate) aka Chris Broomyre and Marisa Haetzman
Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)



William McIlvanney in Stirling, 2013. [Photo: Iain McLean]

The McIlvanney Prize is Bloody Scotland’s annual prize awarded to the best Scottish Crime book of the year.

It provides Scottish crime writing with recognition and aims to raise the profile and prestige of the genre as a whole.

Scottish roots are a must for competition applications: authors must either be born in Scotland, or have lived there for a considerable amount of time, and their elegible book must be substantially set in Scotland.

The prize was renamed in memory of William McIlvanney, often described as the Godfather of Tartan Noir, in 2016.

I went to Bloody Scotland and I was just knocked out… I’ve been at literary events where a lot of people have knives sticking out their back that they don’t know are there and this event was so friendly, so supportive I was honestly overwhelmed.

William McIlvanney in 2012

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2020

Pine
Francine Toon

2019

A Treachery of Spies
Manda Scott

Although Manda Scott’s A Treachery of Spies was chosen as the 2019 McIlvanney Prize winner, she chose to equally share the prize with the shortlisters Doug Johnstone, Denise Mina and Ambrose Parry.

2018

The Quaker
Liam McIlvanney

2017

Denis Mina
The Long Drop

2016

Chris Brookmyre
Black Widow

2015

Craig Russell
The Ghosts of Altona

2014

Peter May
Entry Island

2013

Malcolm Mackay
How A Gunman Says Goodbye

2012

Charles Cumming
A Foreign Country