Crime Fiction Awards Shortlists and Winners

BLOODY SCOTLAND. The shortlist for the Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2021 has been announced, which is the other award handed out by the Bloody Scotland festival in addition to the McIlvanney Prize: 

  • The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
  • No Harm Done by Alistair Liddle (Self Published)
  • Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
  • Waking the Tiger by Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)

MARGERY ALLINGHAM COMPETITION. The winner of the CWA’s 2021 Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition has been announced as well.

  • Heartbridge Homicides by Camilla Macpherson 

The international competition is open to short stories of up to 3,500 words that have not been previously published anywhere, or shortlisted for this competition.

FALCON AWARD. C. J. Box has won the 2021 Falcon Award for his novel Breaking Point. 

The award is given by the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan for the best hardboiled/private eye novel published in Japan in the previous year.

The winning author receives a certificate of merit and a falcon sculpture crafted in wood.

The Maltese Falcon Society was founded in San Francisco in 1981, and later added chapters in New York and Japan. The Japanese chapter is the last one still active, and holds meetings in Tokyo and Osaka.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

McIlvanney Prize 2020

The 2020 McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year were presented in a virtual ceremony on September 18.

Both awards are ordinarily handed out at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, Scotland, which was cancelled this year. The announcement was still made online in the month when the festival would have taken place.

McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year

  • Pine by Francine Toon

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.

Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year

  • Deborah Masson, Hold Your Tongue (Transworld)

2020 McIlvanney Prize Longlist and Bloody Scotland Debut Shortlist Released

The Bloody Scotland festival on June 23 announced contenders for the two awards it hosts that celebrate Scottish noir, the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year award.

Both awards are ordinarily handed out at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, Scotland, which has been cancelled this year, however, the winners will be announced in September, the month when the festival would have taken place.

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.. Here is the McIlvanney Prize 2020 longlist:

McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Longlist

  • Lin Anderson, Time for the Dead (Macmillan)
  • Lisa Gray, Bad Memory (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Andrew James Greig, Whirligig (Fledgling)
  • Doug Johnstone, A Dark Matter (Orenda)
  • Val McDermid, How the Dead Speak (Little, Brown)
  • Ben McPherson, The Island (HarperCollins)
  • James Oswald, Bury Them Deep (Headline)
  • Ambrose Parry, The Art of Dying (Canongate) aka Chris Broomyre and Marisa Haetzman
  • Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing (Mantle)
  • Caro Ramsay, The  Red, Red Snow (Severn House)
  • Craig Robertson, Watch Him Die (Simon & Schuster)
  • Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)

Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year Shortlist

  • Deborah Masson, Hold Your Tongue (Transworld)
  • Stephen O’Rourke, The Crown Agent (Sandstone)
  • Marion Todd, See Them Run (Canelo)
  • Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)