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

2019 winner(s!)

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.



2019 shortlist



2019 longlist










Find out more about the longlist here.

2019 Judges:

Stuart Cosgrove

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. In 2012, he won numerous awards including a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award. Stuart presents BBC Scotland’s popular radio show ‘Off the Ball’ and is a regular guest commentator on BBC Scotland’s Media Show.


Alison Flood

Alison Flood is the Guardian’s books reporter and the former news editor of the Bookseller.



Jamie Crawford

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.






2018 winner:

2018 Shortlist:

2018 Longlist:


2018 Judges:

Susan CalmanSusan Calman
‘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

Alison Flood is the Guardian’s books reporter and the former news editor of the Bookseller.



Craig SistersonChair: 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.”