Wednesday 30 April 2014

Bllody Scotland Short Story Competition 2014 - Deadline 31st July 2014

“My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.”

Sherlock Holmes (from The Red-headed League, a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle).

Bloody Scotland’s Short Story Competition is back for 2014.

Scotland’s International Crime Writing festival supports and promotes the best crime writing from around the world, including emerging writers and exciting new voices. Bloody Scotland want to seek out a celebrate the most skilled and creative new crime writers from around the world.

We invite writers to from anywhere in the world to demonstrate their skill in short-story writing by entering a story, for a chance to win a brilliant prize and be recognised as an exciting emerging talent in the crime genre.

We’re seeking exceptional crime short stories based on the theme of ‘ESCAPE’. You can interpret the theme of in any way that inspires you, but we are looking for work that is crime themed. Entries are accepted from anywhere in the world, but must be written in English.


The winner will receive a £1,000 prize, a weekend pass to the 2014 festival and a bottle of Deanston whisky, during a prize-giving event at the festival. Bloody Scotland 2014 takes place from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st September in Stirling.

In addition, two runners up will receive a bottle of Deanston whisky and a selection of tickets for events at Bloody Scotland 2014.

The winning entry will be published as an ebook short by Bloody Scotland.


Stories should be a maximum of 3,000 words and must be submitted by midnight on 31st July 2014. There is an entry fee of £10 to cover the administration of the competition.

A prestigious judging panel comprising representatives from the University of Stirling and crime writers Alex Gray, Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown, will judge the entries and announce a shortlist. This shortlist will then be open for a public vote on the Bloody Scotland website.

First read the Terms and Conditions, if you agree and meet the eligibility criteria, proceed to the entry page.

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