The McIlvanney Prize
The McIlvanney Prize
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, live there or set their books there. Crime fiction, non-fiction and anthologies of short crime stories are all eligible. The prize was renamed in memory of William McIlvanney, often described as the Godfather of Tartan Noir, in 2016.
‘I am absolutely delighted to be on the judging panel for the McIlvanney Prize this year. I’m an avid fan of Scottish Crime fiction and this is less a chore and more a dream come true. I can’t wait to get stuck in, reading the wonderful books produced this year.’
Alison Flood is the Guardian’s books reporter and the former news editor of the Bookseller.
Chair: Craig Sisterson
“Forty-one years ago, William McIlvanney rocked the British literary world with Laidlaw, a gritty and socially conscious crime novel that brought Glasgow to life more vividly than anything before. This year’s longlistees for the McIlvanney Prize demonstrate how modern Scottish crime writing has flourished from those seeds. From debutants to authors with more than 20 books, spy thrillers to long-running detective series, nineteenth-century mysteries to futuristic space station noir, there’s an amazing range of talent on show.”
2018 – Liam McIlvanney, The Quaker
2017 – Denise Mina, The Long Drop
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
‘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