Bloody Scotland's Glengoyne Short Story Competition

Like its whisky, Scotland is world-renowned for the exceptional quality of its crime fiction.

To celebrate and recognise this synergy, Glengoyne Highland Single Malt is proud to announce the launch of a new short story writing competition as part of Scotland's inaugural international crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland (14-16 September 2012) in Stirling.

With the aim of discovering the next big name in crime fiction the Glengoyne Short Story Writing Competition opens for entries giving amateur writers the opportunity to be read and reviewed by some of the most respected authors, publishers and editors in the crime literary world.

Winners Announced

You've been patient - and now it's finally here! The Worth The Wait anthology includes nineteen short crime stories chosen from 230 entries to our competition. The collection is kicked off splendidly with Natural Causes by our overall competition winner, Sarah Reynolds.

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How to Write a Short Story

Want to write a short story but not really sure how to start? Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a series of short articles to help you get started. You can see these below:

All you need to write a short story is two ideas: one for a story and one for a way to tell that story. Where do you go from there? To put it in the words of William McIlvanney: 'Creativity is intelligent passion - passion with a jockey on its back. You must have the force to write, but you should also try to have the intelligence to direct that force. And eventually you have to be your own jockey.'

Now, whether you are looking for a leg up or something to make sure the force is strong with you, let me introduce you to a few masters of the craft before you saddle up and race to your deadline. Rather than telling you how to write like them, they will tell you how to get your story right, how to start and how to finish making your ideas your own.

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...According to Mr Rankin, you practise by writing short stories: "The short story is a nice form. It's like a little jewel. You can hold the shape of it in your head - you can't with a novel - and they're really good to read... So when a short story competition was announced, I went in for it and won second prize, and then the next year I won a short story competition and thought: 'Oh, I can do this!' So I moved away from poetry into short stories, and then that smoothed the way for a transition to the novel." Easy, eh?

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...As you map out your route to and from the most interesting places, you might wonder whether those who have travelled the terrain before you asked themselves the same question. Speaking on behalf of your fellow travellers, Mr Rankin confesses: "We have real fear of that blank first page, that elusive killer opening sentence or paragraph. We are hesitant and uncertain: Do I have anything new and useful to say?? Will this turn out to be the book, the one that sums up all my feelings and answers the questions I have about the way our world turns?"

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These articles were created by Len Wanner and are based on a series of his interviews with several crime writers who are attending Bloody Scotland. Read more about these interviews in his book The Crime Interviews