Bloody Scotland: Winner of Glengoyne Short Story Writing Competition Revealed – Scotch Whisky News

Bloody Scotland:

Winner of Glengoyne Short Story Writing Competition Revealed

A WHITEINCH woman who took a stab at a crime writing competition has beaten hundreds of entries to be named the winner of a world-wide short story contest.

Sarah Reynolds submitted her entry ‘Natural Causes’ to the competition launched by Glengoyne Highland Single Malt as part of Scotland’s inaugural International Crime Writing Festival Bloody Scotland which took place in Stirling last weekend (14-16 September 2012).

The 48-year-old was invited to the festival’s closing award ceremony, where she was presented with her prize which includes a bespoke hand-engraved Glencairn Crystal Decanter and an exceptionally rare bottle of 35 Years Old Glengoyne Highland Single Malt, worth over £2,000.

In addition, her winning entry is the lead short story in a free ebook collection of the best competition entries published by Blasted Heath, and she will take part in a week-long residential writing course run by Arvon. The ebook can be downloaded here

The married care home manager said: “It’s been a great honour to win this prestigious competition and to have my short story published in this way is truly a dream come true.

“It was fantastic to be part of the Bloody Scotland Festival and to celebrate in style amongst some of the best authors this country has to offer. I’m already looking forward to what will be lined up next year.”

Sarah had her entry read and reviewed by some of the most respected authors, publishers and editors in the crime literary world.

Open to entries from across the world, the competition was set up with the aim of discovering the next big name in crime fiction and amateur writers were asked to submit a maximum 3000 word short story online which incorporated the theme or wording: ‘worth the wait.’

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Glengoyne, explained: “Sarah’s entry is truly outstanding and we’re delighted she has been selected as the winner. Her short story encompassed the ‘worth the wait’ theme perfectly and we’re confident she is a true star in the making.

“Our involvement in this competition is a testament to our country’s unique creative contribution as Scottish crime fiction is an international success story. We understand that crafting a great crime novel takes time, care and attention to detail, but the results are worth the wait. The same attributes are crucial in making Glengoyne Whisky’s natural, unpeated taste and flavour.”

Crime author and Bloody Scotland event organiser, Gordon Brown, commented: “I’d like to extend my congratulations to the winner and hope she goes on to have further success. With UK retail sales for crime fiction now worth over £143 million, the genre has never been more popular.

“Bloody Scotland celebrated not only our nation’s crime fiction legacy, but the success of crime writing across the globe and we’re thrilled to have Glengoyne’s support for the short story writing competition. Glengoyne’s sponsorship of the competition reaffirms the Scottish roots and reach of the festival, but like the whisky, an exciting crime thriller can be enjoyed with a great quality dram anywhere in the world.”

Bloody Scotland had over 20 events and hosted over 40 UK and international authors, including Scotland’s own Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. Named by VisitScotland as the Year of Creative, 2012 is a landmark date for Scottish crime fiction. Bloody Scotland also celebrated the 125th anniversary of the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story, the 35th anniversary of William McIlvanney’s ‘Laidlaw’, the father of ‘Tartan noir’ – and the 25th anniversary of the first Rebus novel by Ian Rankin.

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Situated nearby to Bloody Scotland Festival’s home in Stirling at the beginning of the West Highland Way, Glengoyne Distillery is known as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery and offers an unrivalled visitor experience. Owned by independent family company, Ian Macleod Distillers, Glengoyne, has been producing its award winning Highland Single Malt for over 175 years. Using methods passed down for generations, Glengoyne has nurtured and perfected the art of producing multi – gold award winning single malts. The result is a portfolio of whiskies including the core 10, 12, 17 and 21 Years Old range, as well as special limited edition Single Malts, released each year.


Arvon is all about writers. Their residential writing courses pluck you from your everyday life and place you gently in one of their four writers’ houses, located in Devon, Inverness-shire, Shropshire or West Yorkshire, where you are insulated from the outside world of email, internet and mobile phones. Each course is tutored by two professional writers plus a guest writer who visits mid-week to read their own work and answer your questions. There are daily workshops over four days running from Tuesday to Friday, plus a one-to-one tutorial with each tutor.

Blasted Heath

Blasted Heath is a Scottish digital publisher of original ebooks with a focus on crime fiction. Their authors include Ray Banks, Douglas Lindsay, Anthony Neil Smith, Gerard Brennan, Nigel Bird, Tony Black and Damien Seaman. Len Wanner’s series of interviews with crime writers, The Crime Interviews volumes I and 2, are an excellent introduction to the craft of crime writing, featuring in-depth contributions from nineteen professional writers including Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart MacBride, Louise Welsh and Allan Guthrie.


Leading accountancy and business advisory firm, Mazars is the headline sponsorship of Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s first International Crime Writing Festival.

As at 1st January 2012, the Group has a presence in 68 countries and draws on the expertise of 13,000 professionals to assist businesses, major international groups, SMEs, entrepreneurs and public bodies at every stage in their development. Mazars also has correspondents and local representative offices in 14 further countries, which gives it additional capability to serve clients to the same strict quality standards across five continents. By listening closely to clients and understanding their needs, the Mazars range of services is designed to provide the assurance of recognised technical and regulatory expertise together with the added-value of a business partner that can advise effectively on improving performance at all levels.

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