Short Story Competition Archive

Each year The Glencairn Glass hosts a crime short story competition in partnership with Scottish Field Magazine and the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival (stories must be under 2,000 words).

In addition to the competition, The Glencairn Glass sponsors the McIlvanney and Bloody Scotland Debut crime-writing prizes to celebrate Scottish crime-writing talent. The Bloody Scotland Festival takes place in Stirling each September, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the winners of the awards.

This crime short story competition is judged by a panel of three experts. The winner and runners-up receive recognition for their work, a cash prize and a set of six bespoke engraved Glencairn Glasses.

Aspiring writers have the chance to showcase their skills and join the ranks of previous years’ winners. Whether it’s a classic whodunit, a psychological thriller, or a gripping heist, the possibilities for the stories are endless.

This competition is the perfect opportunity to flex your writing muscles and get your work in front of experienced crime writers and industry professionals. Don’t miss out on the chance to become the next big name in crime fiction!

2021 - 1ST PLACE



A dark tale of human trafficking, illegal trade and a desire for freedom. Written by Brid Cummings, a fiction writer and occupational therapist, based in South Australia.

Read the Story

2021 - RUNNER UP



A story about a confession to murder and a need for retribution, born of revenge. Written by Jennifer Harvey, a Scottish author based in Denmark.

Read the Story

2021 - RUNNER UP



A story about a lost soul returning to the island of her birth, where more than a new job awaits her. Written by Judith O’Reilly, author and former political producer with BBC and ITN and correspondent with The Sunday Times, based in Northumberland. Judith was also a ‘Crime in the Spotlighter’ at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2019.

Read the Story