The McIlvanney Prize is launching a new award for 2019 for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year.
The winner of the McIlvanney Prize, Bloody Scotland’s annual prize awarded to the best Scottish Crime book of the year, will be awarded £1,000, with the winner of the Crime Debut taking home £500.
The Scottish Crime Debut of the Year will be selected from the highest scoring titles in the first round and judged by the board of Bloody Scotland including crime writers Lin Anderson, Craig Robertson, Gordon Brown and Abir Mukerjee.
Scottish roots are a must for competition applications: authors must either be born or raised in Scotland, have lived there for six years or more or their books are substantially set there. Only fiction is eligible. Eligible novels must have been first published in the UK between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019. Full details here.
Last year Liam McIlvanney won the prize for The Quaker (HarperCollins). The prize was renamed in 2016 in memory of McIlvanney's father, crime writer William McIlvanney, who is often referred to as the Godfather of Tartan Noir.