The McIlvanney Prize


The McIlvanney Prize is Bloody Scotland’s annual prize awarded to the best Scottish Crime book of the year. In 2020, the Glencairn Glass sponsors the prize. 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


Longlist to be announced on Tuesday 23 June 2020
Finalists to be announced on Tuesday 1 September 2020
Winner to be to be announced on Friday 18 September 2020


Previous winners