Young and Bloody Scotland – A creative writing masterclass


Are you aged 18 – 25 and interesting in creative / crime writing? Then this could be the masterclass for you. Bloody Scotland has teamed up with the Scottish Arts Club, to set up this one day course in February 2016. Here’s what their website has to say about the day…


Young and Bloody Scotland is our new crime and thriller writing masterclass developed in partnership with the Scottish Arts Club. It’s a day packed with inspiring and creativity-boosting workshops, as well as talks from some of Scotland’s leading authors, held at their club in Rutland Square, central Edinburgh.

After this full day masterclass, you will leave equipped with a host of new skills and knowledge, from plotting and characters to police procedurals and thriller writing. You will also get the opportunity to practice pitching a novel idea to real publishers!

This packed and inspiring masterclass in the art of writing fiction will be led by one of Scotland’s most engaging writing tutors, author Laura Marney. Laura teaches creative writing at the University of Glasgow and will be leading the masterclass, coaching young writers throughout the day.


Full details of presenting authors and course content are available at  At a mere £30 for a ticket, this sounds like a must for young writers everywhere!  You can book tickets through the website here

Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition – Closing 27th July




This is what the festival have to say about the competition…..

The Great Agatha Christie Inspires our Short Story Competition

This year marks 125 years since Agatha Christie was born, known world-wide as one of the most well-loved crime writers of all time, one who had a penchant for poison and created unforgettably charismatic sleuths.

We wanted to celebrate her legacy with our short story competition this year- we’re inviting stories inspired by Christie and her writing.

First prize is £1000 and a festival pass to Bloody Scotland 2015.


Submissions of up to 3,000 words of unpublished work are invited from new and unpublished writers from all over the world, but entries must be written in English. Writers are welcome to submit as many stories as they wish, but there is an entry fee of £10 for each story submitted. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday 27th July 2015.

A shortlist of five to six stories will be selected by a judging panel comprising of University of Stirling postgraduate students, authors, booksellers and publishers, which will then be made available for an online public vote on Saturday 1st August 2015. This public vote will end on Friday 21st August. Winners will be announced during the Bloody Scotland Festival 2015, 11th – 13th September in Stirling, Scotland

Terms and Conditions & Details of how to enter can be found here

Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition


Today Bloody Scotland has announced the launch of this years short story competition.

The winner will receive £1,000, a bottle of Deanston Distillery Malt whisky and a weekend pass to this years festival, to be held in Stirling from September 19th – 21st.

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

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’.  

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

Further information on entering, including additional details for non UK entries can be found here