Stirling 8th - 10th September 2017

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.

2017 Longlist:


Lin Anderson – None But the Dead

Chris Brookmyre – Want You Gone

Ann Cleeves – Cold Earth

Helen Fields – Perfect Remains

Val McDermid – Out of Bounds

Claire MacLeary – Cross Purpose

Denise Mina – The Long Drop

Owen Mullen – Games People Play

Ian Rankin – Rather Be the Devil

Craig Robertson – Murderabilia

Craig Russell – The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid

Jay Stringer – How to Kill Friends & Implicate People


2017 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.’  

Craig SistersonCraig Sisterson
‘William McIlvanney raised the crime writing bar for Scottish writers and those further afield. It’s an absolute honour to be a judge for this year’s McIlvanney Prize, which celebrates his outstanding legacy – as evidenced by the strength and quality of modern Scottish crime writing. I’m looking forward to some excellent reading and vigorous debate with my fellow judges.’

Lee RandallChair: Lee Randall
‘I was honoured to be asked to chair the judging panel for this year’s McIlvanney Prize. I’ve always known — and it was reinforced when I programmed this year’s first Granite Noir festival, for Aberdeen — that crime writers and their readers are a special breed.

Previous Winners
2016 – Chris Brookmyre, Black Widow
Chris Brookmyre Black Widow McIlvanney Prize winner

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

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The Caledonian Crime Writing Festival is a Scottish Registered Charity, known as Bloody Scotland; Charity No SC042615