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.

For this year the chosen theme will be: “A crime story set in Scotland”


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The competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years old by 18th October 2022.

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 Crime Story Set In Scotland’


First prize – £1000
Runner Up – £500

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

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


Tariq Ashkanani, 2022 winner of the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year Award with Welcome to Cooper

Sharon Bairden, established book reviewer and author of psychological thrillers; Sins of the Father and You Need Me

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

Closing Date:

All entries should be uploaded below by midnight on the Saturday 31st December 2022. Please click here to see to rules and regulations.

Check out last years winning stories here.

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