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, 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
With thanks to those supporting the 2020 prizes:
Lin Anderson, Time for the Dead (Macmillan)
Lisa Gray, Bad Memory (Thomas & Mercer)
Andrew James Greig, Whirligig (Fledgling)
Doug Johnstone, A Dark Matter (Orenda)
Val McDermid, How the Dead Speak (Little, Brown)
Ben McPherson, The Island (HarperCollins)
James Oswald, Bury Them Deep (Headline)
Ambrose Parry, The Art of Dying (Canongate) aka Chris Broomyre and Marisa Haetzman
Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing (Mantle)
Caro Ramsay, The Red, Red Snow (Severn House)
Craig Robertson, Watch Him Die (Simon & Schuster)
Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)
Finalists to be announced on Tuesday 1 September 2020
Winner to be to be announced on Friday 18 September 2020
Jamie is the presenter of BBC series SCOTLAND FROM THE SKY and author of Fallen Glory. He is the Chair of Publishing Scotland and previously the publisher at Historic Environment Scotland.
Editor of The Times Crime Club
Stuart Cosgrove is a writer and broadcaster, having spent many years with Channel 4, and was named Broadcaster of the Year in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
A Treachery of Spies
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.
The Long Drop
The Ghosts of Altona
How A Gunman Says Goodbye
A Foreign Country