The Glencairn Glass launches first-ever crime short story competition with the theme, ‘A Crystal-Clear Crime’

The Glencairn Glass launches first-ever crime short story competition with the theme, ‘A Crystal-Clear Crime’

The free-to-enter competition is hosted in collaboration with Scottish Field magazine

News 31 Oct 2021

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For the past two years, the world’s favourite whisky glass, the Glencairn, has featured as headline sponsor of the prestigious McIlvanney and Bloody Scotland Debut crime writing prizes. Now, The Glencairn Glass is building on this by launching its own crime short story competition to celebrate up-and-coming literary talent, in partnership with Scottish Field magazine.

The competition opened for entries of short stories no more than 2,000 words in length on 20 October and runs until 31 December. The theme, appropriately, is ‘A Crystal-Clear Crime’.

The judging panel for the inaugural competition will comprise Deborah Masson, 2020 winner of the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year for her book Hold Your Tongue; Peter Ranscombe, Scottish Field’s drinks columnist and author of the historical thriller Hare; as well as Glencairn’s marketing director, Gordon Brown, who has written eight crime novels (his latest, Thirty-One Bones, under the pseudonym Morgan Cry).

Brown is also one of the founding directors of the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival. He commented, “We’re very excited to be launching the Glencairn Glass crime short story competition, supported by the team at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival along with the Culture and Business Fund Scotland, working with Scottish Field. We are delighted to invite both experienced and novice authors alike to take a stab at entering – excuse the pun – and wish all entrants the best of luck.”

Three prizes will be available: the first prize winner will receive £1000, whilst the two runners up will each receive £250. All three winning authors will also receive a set of six bespoke engraved Glencairn glasses to enjoy their favourite drams in. The overall winning entry will be published by Scottish Field in spring 2022, as well as on The Glencairn Glass website.

All short story entries must be uploaded here, with the competition closing at midnight on the Friday, 31 December 2021. Details can also be found on the Scottish Field website. The winners will be announced in March 2022.

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