The Glencairn Glass has been celebrating Scottish crime writing talent over the past two years as headline sponsor of both the McIlvanney Prize and the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year Prize. To support this creative collaboration, The Glencairn Glass launched its first very own crime short story competition, in partnership with Scottish Field magazine and Bloody Scotland, inviting all budding crime writers to curate their stories around the theme: ‘A Crystal-Clear Crime’.

The winner and runners up were selected by a panel of three judges including Deborah Masson, 2020 winner of the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year, Peter Ranscombe, Scottish Field’s drinks columnist and author of the historical thriller Hare, and Bloody Scotland co-founder Gordon Brown, who writes under the name of Morgan Cry.

The competition attracted entries from all over the world and the judges have now revealed the winner as Brid Cummings, with her story Halmeoni’s Wisdom – a dark tale of human trafficking, illegal trade and a desire for freedom. The runners up were Jennifer Harvey and Judith O’Reilly. Congratulations to all!

You will also be able to read the winning story along with the runners up stories on The Glencairn Glass website: from Monday 11th April.

For further information on the chosen short stories and the judges’ comments, visit: