McIlvanney Prize and Bloody Scotland Debut Prize gain new sponsor

McIlvanney Prize and Bloody Scotland Debut Prize gain new sponsor

The McIlvanney Prize and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year award will go ahead this year as planned, sponsored for the first time by Glencairn Glass.

The prizes are part of Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival, which will run from 18th-20th of September.

Winners of the McIlvanney Prize, which "recognises excellence in Scottish crime writing," had in previous years received the Glencairn Glass, a whisky glass, made by the family business. The company will now sponsor both awards.

Over 60 entries have been received for the McIlvanney Prize, and the longlist will be announced at the end of June.

The festival's director Bob McDevitt said: ‘it’s great to see that in this time of great uncertainty, the Bloody Scotland prizes have attracted another great crop of Scottish crime novels for readers to escape into.

"It’s especially heartening to see so many excellent debut authors slugging it out with the more established names. I'm also really pleased to welcome the Glencairn Glass on board as a sponsor of the prizes this year and look forward to working with them in the future."

The recipient of the McIlvanney Prize will receive £1,000, a Glencairn crystal decanter and nationwide promotion in Waterstones. The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize winner will receive £500 and a Glencairn Star Trophy.

The Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year was launched last year and won by Claire Askew for her novel, All the Hidden Truths.

Glencairn Glass design and marketing manager Kirsty Nicholson commented: "we are delighted to sponsor the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year.

"As a Scottish family company we are excited and proud to be involved with such prestigious prizes that both celebrate and reward such a rich and talented tradition as Scottish crime fiction. Like Scottish crime writing, the Glencairn Glass is uniquely Scottish with a truly global appeal. We look forward to a great working relationship with Bloody Scotland and would like to wish everyone who has entered the best of luck."