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Glencairn Glass: Winner and runner-up announced for crime short story competition

A sinister story about a Scottish recipe for stovies and a grisly tale about the strange sheep of Greshornish have been chosen as the winning and runner-up stories in The Glencairn Glass crime short story competition this year.

Philip Wilson won Scottish themed crime fiction competition, now in its third year, with Elisabeth Ingram Wallace announced as the runner-up, after more than 140 entries to the competition. 

The Glencairn Glass launched its very own crime short story competition in 2021, having supported Scottish crime writing talent with its ongoing sponsorship of the prestigious McIlvanney and Bloody Scotland Debut crime-writing literary awards since 2020.

The competition is run in partnership with Scottish Field Magazine and the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival. Both novice and experienced crime writers are invited to curate a crime story set in Scotland in no more than 2,000 words.

The winner was selected by a panel of three judges including Callum McSorley, whose debut novel Squeaky Clean won this year’s Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year.

‘It was a real honour to read the brilliant work submitted, and certainly made for some lively discussion during the judging process,’ Callum said.

‘The winner’s clever story format made excellent use of the limited space to tell a story equal parts funny and sinister which pulled all the judges in immediately. The runner-up’s scuzzy subversion of an imagined, idyllic Scottish Highlands was similarly smart, comic, and dark.’

He was joined by Kate Foster; the Edinburgh based national newspaper journalist and author, whose debut novel The Maiden won this year’s Bloody Scotland’s Debut Prize.

‘It was a huge pleasure to read such a brilliant variety of crime stories, and to see the talent in Scottish writing,’ she said.

‘The judging process was great fun with lots of debate, but we were unanimous in our favourites. The winning entry stood out to me as it was funny, clever, and served up with a flourish. The runner-up was brilliantly written with a really quirky twist.’

The third judge was Glencairn Crystal’s marketing director and experienced crime writer Gordon Brown who said: ‘The quality of the short stories we receive every year is amazing and as both a crime writer and the Marketing Director of Glencairn Crystal I’m delighted that a competition based around Scotland and Crime Fiction can deliver such great works.’


Winner Philip Wilson.

Winner: A Recipe For Stovies by Philip Wilson

The gruesome confession of a food blogger who sought revenge on her violent husband after suffering years of domestic abuse.

Philip Wilson is a writer living in Glasgow. He divides his free time between trying to wrangle his rebellious dog and writing off-kilter short fiction. Time and imagination willing, he’s planning to set to work on a full-length novel soon. 

‘I’m ecstatic and really honoured to be selected as this year’s winner of the Glencairn Glass Short Story Competition,’ he said.

‘I stumbled across the competition by sheer luck but knew immediately that I wanted to submit something.

‘No matter what I write, an element of Scotland seems to worm its way into the material somehow, so a crime story set in Scotland was the ideal opportunity to be playful with it. I just hope my story doesn’t put anyone off of stovies.

‘It’s usually quite a benign dish, cholesterol notwithstanding.’


Runner-up Elisabeth Ingram Wallace.

Runner-upThe Strange Sheep of Greshornish by Elisabeth Ingram Wallace

A sinister tale of a disillusioned tourist guide on the Isle of Skye who sends badly behaved tourists to suffer the same fate as the mad sheep in Greshornish.

Elisabeth Ingram Wallace lives in a Skoda in Scotland, usually somewhere in the Highlands. Her short stories have won prizes including The Mogford Short Story Prize, ‘Writing the Future’ and a Scottish Book Trust ‘New Writers Award.’ Recent work has featured in SmokeLong Quarterly, Atticus Review, Barrelhouse, Wigleaf, and anthologies including ‘FUEL – an anthology of Prize Winning Flash Fictions’.

‘Thank you so much to the judges and to all at the Glencairn Glass, I am delighted to be the runner up in such a fantastic competition,’ she said.

‘It is a great challenge to write such a short Short Story; under 2000 words is my absolute favourite length, a test to write but long enough to go a little wild and include the odd zombie sheep.

‘I wrote this story in a Bothy near Neist Point over Christmas, while it rained and rained and rained, and it was a real escape to go and commit a few imaginary murders in the sunshine.’


The first prize of £1,000 goes to Philip Wilson and runner up Elisabeth Ingram Wallace receives £500.

Both writers also receive a set of six bespoke engraved Glencairn Glasses.

The winning story will be published in the May issue of Scottish Field Magazine (on shelf from 5th April) and the runner up story will then be published on Scottish Field Magazine’s website;

Both stories will also be available to read on the Glencairn Glass website

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