The Glencairn Glass Crime Short Story Competition

Have you a murderous imagination, a crime that needs capturing, a deadly deed to document?

Well, here’s your chance! Glencairn Crystal, maker of world’s favourite whisky glass – the Glencairn Glass – and sponsor of the McIlvanney and Bloody Scotland Debut crime writing prizes, is looking for crime short stories in conjunction with Bloody Scotland and Scottish Field Magazine.

Criteria for Entry:
Short stories must be 2,000 words or less.

The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years old by 18th October 2021.

Stories entered for the competition should not have been previously published in any format, online or print, self-published or paid.


The short story must be based on the theme ‘A Crystal-Clear Crime.’ 


There will be three cash prizes.

First prize – £1000
2 x Runners Up – £250

All three winners will also receive a set of six bespoke engraved Glencairn Glasses.

The overall winning entry will be published by Scottish Field and online at



Deborah Masson, 2020 winner of the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year (‘Hold Your Tongue’)

Gordon Brown, alias Morgan Cry, author of eight crime novels and founding director of the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival.

Peter Ranscombe, journalist and Scottish Field Magazine drinks columnist, also author of historical thriller ‘Hare’.

Closing Date:

All entries should be uploaded below by midnight on the Friday 31st December 2021. Please click here to see to rules and regulations.

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